Applications are now being called for one of Queensland’s most prestigious and longstanding scholarships that provides up to 18 months overseas work experience for young power engineers, the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded every two years in memory of Edward Satchwell Cornwall who, in the first half of the 20th Century, was a highly influential member of the Queensland energy industry and a strong advocate of tertiary education and professional development for engineers working in the power industry.  Further history is here.

Engineering graduates from all Queensland universities are now eligible to apply for the E.S. Cornwall Scholarship.  Preference is given to applicants with 3 to 5 years’ experience in the power industry.

Chair of the Scholarship Advisory Committee, Professor Simon Bartlett at UQ, is a former scholarship recipient himself and said that

“The scholarship provides young engineers with invaluable experience in the global power industry and is a life changing experience, both career-wise and personally.”

“In addition to technical ability, the Committee is looking for a young engineer who demonstrates initiative and thorough planning as well as leadership ability and who would benefit from overseas work experience.”

Head of the power and energy systems group at The University of Queensland, Professor Tapan Saha, said:

“the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship provided an outstanding opportunity for a young engineer to learn from overseas best practice in areas of key importance to the Queensland power industry.”

The scholarship recipient receives $3,500 per month (on top of their overseas engineering salary), for up to 18 months to pursue a program of work that typically consists of employment with several overseas electricity utilities, a manufacturing company or research organisation, and could cover study for a higher degree with a leading overseas university.

The first E.S. Cornwall Scholarship was awarded in 1957 and since then, it has been awarded to a total of 26 individuals, many of whom now hold (or have held) senior positions within the electricity industry.

The scholarship took its current recipient, Matthew Zillmann (a UQ graduate working for Ergon Energy) to the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States – where he has been investigating innovative asset management practices used by leading distribution networks.

“My program has already enabled me to gain experience with UK Power Networks in London, participate in international technical forums in Europe and visit research institutions in Germany”,

Matthew says from Chicago, where he has just commenced 9 months employment with Commonwealth Edison.  He continues:

 “My experience thus far has allowed me to review the effectiveness of UK Power Network’s state-of-the-art asset management systems and evaluate their regulator’s latest RIIO incentive scheme that provides commercial drivers to UK distribution businesses.”

“The opportunity provided by the scholarship has been life changing, both professionally and personally. As I look to the opportunities and challenges ahead in my career, I hold this experience and what it has taught me in the highest regard. It already is and will continue to be one of the highlights of my career.”

Applications for the E.S. Cornwall Memorial Scholarship close on 31 July 2015.

Download the Application Form in DOC.  For further background, and reference offline, see the scholarship brochure here.

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