Former NCESR Summer Intern Receives Awards

Matthew Penne, a summer intern in 2017, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Outstanding Senior Award. Matthew is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering under the supervision of the PI (Wei Qiao) and Co-PI (Liyan Qu) on an Energy Center project entitled “Development of a Hybrid-Electric Powertrain Platform for Off-Road Heavy Equipment”. Matthew’s Ph.D. dissertation topic is on Model Predictive Control of Permanent-Magnet Synchronous Motor Drives used in Electric-Drive Vehicles, which is related to the NCESR project.


Jerry Hudgins (left), chair of electrical and computer engineering, presents students Megan Stokey (center) and Matthew Penne with their certificates for being chosen to receive the 2018-19 IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative Awards.

Matthew has also been chosen as an IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholar for 2018-19.  He will receive up to $3,000 for the current academic year.  The scholarships are given annually to students majoring in electrical engineering who are also high achievers – possessing strong grade-point averages with “distinctive extracurricular commitments” and who are committed to exploring the power and energy field.