Voice of WePOWER

A Voice Directory of Super-Women from STEM

"Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes."
With the twin objectives of honouring the dynamic women in the field of Power and Energy and inspiring the fraternity of students and Young Professionals, the IEEE YESIST12 WePOWER track is tremendously jubilant to unveil the blog series Voice of WePOWER.

Prof. Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
(University of Kansas | Advisor, WePOWER Track at IEEE YESIST12)

- With over 40 years of experience in STEM field, can you share the need of STEM education in developing countries?
I believe that STEM education of tomorrow is a collaborative effort in which industry, academia and government are engaged in integrating research, teaching and learning. This collaborative effort needs to include school teachers, students and scholars. We need to work together as partners who are all learners in the process of STEM education. This collaborative effort is a great way to learn new ideas, new tools, and new things to tackle tough problems. STEM education takes graduates everywhere, it provides flexibility and success in obtaining jobs, internships and scholarships. Engineering is an exciting and full of opportunities field that spans STEM.

My advice for all students interested in engineering and science is: “Go for it!”

- Being in forefront of WePOWER Track, how has the journey been in guiding women in power sector and what are the values which women can expect from innovating in power energy sector?
WePOWER Track gives an amazing opportunity to be engaged in an exciting journey of new discoveries in the energy sector that has been in the spotlight and of a increasing interest recently. The energy industry with its focus on developing more progressive “cleaner energy” companies opens the door offering new attractive jobs for women. Research projects experience and engineering skills, new ideas and new tools in solving renewable problems are in a demand. Our everyday lives depend on energy industry from preparing food, keeping warm, safe, secure, maintaining healthcare system, travel, dealing with climate change impact on our daily lives all of these are only a small sample of new possibilities in the coming years. My advice for any women in engineering and science is: “Go for it!”

Lucy Craig
(Director - Growth, Innovation & Digital at DNV)

- In the last 30 years of experience with renewables, what do you consider as a landmark development in the sector of Renewable Energy? What are the other opportunities for young engineers and how can they prepare themselves to secure a good position in the energy sector?
The real landmark in the development of renewable energy has been the reduction in costs to the point where wind and solar plants are cost competitive with other forms of generation. This threshold has been passed in different regions at different times, since the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) for wind and solar varies according to the resource availability and other variable factors such as CAPEX and OPEX costs in each different region, and the cost of other competing sources of generation also vary. This achievement has reduced the reliance of wind and solar generation projects on state-funded subsidies and has accelerated the growth of the renewables industry.

The renewables sector provides a wealth of opportunities for young engineers and there are now many university courses available on wind and solar technology, as well as the fundamental science and engineering disciplines which are key to further developing these technologies. Digital technology and data science will also be important factors in enabling the energy transition – so there is a wide range to choose from!