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Four local students of Curtin University’s School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences have been presented with awards recognising their academic excellence in electrical power and engineering, thanks to Western Power.

The students - Samuel Sie Huai Lau of Wilson, Stefanie Pieters of Como and Saif Mujaffar Sain of Gosnells – received awards for achieving the highest aggregate of marks in multiple Electrical Engineering or Electronic Engineering units, while Christopher Lee of Gooseberry Hill received an award for delivering the best final year project in the Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Major.

Presented at Curtin’s Annual Student Prize Giving Ceremony on 16 June 2023, the Western Power Awards are part of a suite of scholarships and awards sponsored by Western Power throughout the academic year.

Western Power Acting Executive Manager of People Natalia Smith said providing sponsorship for awards like these is one way Western Power is investing in the future of the power industry.

“These four gifted students will be key players in the global power industry and will be among those driving growth and innovation into the future.”

“As well as recognising the student's outstanding academic achievements, our hope is that these awards provide encouragement and inspiration to keep learning, keep pushing and keep driving the industry forward.”

Samuel Sie Huai Lau, who achieved the highest aggregate of marks in the Power Systems Analysis, Electric Power Transmission & Distribution and Power Systems Protection units, said the award was a pleasant surprise.

“I didn’t expect to receive this award from Western Power – I didn’t realise my marks were good enough to be recognised with an award,” Mr Lau said.

“I really appreciate it. This award has motivated me to continue to study hard with the aim of working in the power industry after university.”

Western Power has sponsored Curtin University’s School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences student awards since 2017. Western Power also sponsors a scholarship for Women in STEM at Curtin University, a scholarship for Women in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Western Australia and a scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of any discipline at Edith Cowan University.

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