Students awarded scholarships from the Wisconsin chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers

May 28, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis.­­­ — Five students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville were awarded scholarships from the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. The scholarships were presented at the WAEE’s monthly meeting in April at Ullsvik Hall.

The WAEE meets once a month at a location of interest to the energy engineering community in order to share expertise. When they met in Platteville in April, attendees toured the campus and learned about the renewable energy program. UW-Platteville’s AEE chapter started two years ago, and is now an active part of campus and community life.  “Last fall we took day trips to three local farms,” said William E. Johnson, Jr., a senior mechanical engineering major from Hilbert, Wis., president of UW-Platteville’s AEE student chapter. “We collected data on energy use and provided the farmers with an energy savings plan.” Johnson was one of the students to receive the AWEE scholarship.

Johnson applied for the scholarship last year. “I’ve always been interested in renewable energy,” he said. “I chose UW-Platteville because of the renewable energy minor. I’m excited about the scholarship, because it provides an opportunity to further my education.”

Matt Pavlat, a junior mechanical engineering major from Casco, Wis., applied for the award in October 2012, when he received an e-mail regarding the scholarship from Jane Kuhl, administrative assistant for the mechanical engineering department. He learned that he would receive the award in January, just after finishing a co-op at Sub-Zero in Madison, Wis.

“There’s a broad range of companies that are part of the WAEE,” said Pavlat. “I’m interested in anything and everything with a motor on it – I’m in the Automotive Enthusiasts Club on campus – but I’d also like to get into alternative fuels. I think that got the attention of a lot of the companies involved.”

Martin Hubmann, a senior mechanical engineering major from Racine, Wis., was a recipient. Though he was unable to attend the banquet, he said “it felt great to win the scholarship.”

“My experience played a big role in getting me this scholarship,” said Hubmann. I’ve had a lot of on the job training in energy. I’ve worked with wind energy and power generation, and I’ve worked at General Electric. My goals are to work where energy generation is already being done or to develop new types of energy generation.”

Steven Genin, a senior mechanical engineering major from Madison, Wis., and Travis Weaver, a junior environmental engineering major from Lewiston, Minn. also were awarded scholarships.

Written by: Jacob Reecher, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,

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