Two undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University have received scholarships from the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA).

Sarah Emich (left) and Nahomi Morales (right) from the department each received a GCPA Scholarship. A third scholarship was given to Travis Warren from mechanical engineering.

Emich started college as an applied mathematical sciences major, but after working for an electrical contracting firm she changed her mind and switched instantly to electrical engineering. She said she became interested in power and power distribution systems while working for Walker Engineering Inc. in Fort Worth on power fault testing and fault coordination studies.

This summer, Emich will be the inaugural intern for Cummins-Southern Plains in Arlington, Texas, one of the largest distributors of Cummins engines in the world and one of the leading suppliers of power generation equipment.  After graduation, she will return the electrical construction industry and work to get her P.E. license or attend graduate school at Texas A&M.

Morales is a senior electrical engineering student from The Woodlands. Her academic focus is power and has industry experience in this area as an intern for Entergy Corp. and Chevron Corp.

During her time at Texas A&M University, Morales has been involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She is currently SWE-Region C Collegiate Senator and collegiate coach. She also will serve as president of Texas A&M’s SWE chapter for 2010-2011. In addition, she has been a disco jockey for KANM Student Radio and is a current member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In her free time, Morales enjoys baking and training for sprint triathlons.

This is the fifth year that the GCPA has given scholarships to Aggie engineers. To be considered for a scholarship, the students must have prior experience with the power industry and/or have a commitment to work in the industry.

The GCPA  was formed in Houston in 1983 as the Gulf Coast Cogeneration Association, by a handful of individuals from development companies and suppliers of goods and services involved in the new industry spawned by passage of the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act of 1978 (PURPA). It embraces virtually every aspect of the electric power industry.

Submitted by Deana Totzke,