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Five Pitt EE Students Receive IEEE PES Scholarships

Five students at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering have received IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarships, including the highest honor, the Etsey Top Scholar Award. 

Electrical engineering undergraduates Benjamin Carnovale, Jack Carnovale, Carter Leatherman, Daniel Rodgers and Kamden Sarkey have been selected for their strong GPAs and distinctive extracurricular commitments. Three of the students—Jack Carnovale, Carter Leatherman and Kamden Sarkey—are repeat winners, winning their first scholarship last year.

“This fantastic group should be incredibly proud of their achievements,” said Robert Kerestes, associate professor of ECE and director of the electrical engineering undergraduate program. “This honor recognizes their hard work and perseverance. They are on the path to reaching their goals and making a positive impact in the world."

The students are among 75 recipients across 50 schools in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and they will receive a financial award, one year of IEEE PES student membership and have the opportunity to be mentored by leading professionals in the power and energy industry.

In addition to the Scholarship Plus award, Jack Carnovale also received the John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar award for the Mid-Atlantic region. 

This annual award recognizes the top PES Scholar in each of the six IEEE regions located in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada. This marks Pitt’s fourth John W. Estey Scholar in the past six years – Corey Weimann received the 2017 award, Nate Carnovale was the 2019 recipient, and Eli Brock received the honor in 2021. 

Pitt ranks second in the nation this year for the most PES Scholars and sixth for number of recipients since the scholarship began.