Ryerson University And Hydro One Recharge Supply Of Power Engineers



    Hydro One Fellowship Program Benefits Ryerson Students Through Summer
    Development

    TORONTO, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - In the face of an acute shortage of electrical
power engineers across Canada, and around the world, Ryerson University and
Hydro One have come together to create a work-study program aimed at
developing career-ready power engineers. The Hydro One Fellowship Program,
currently in its first offering, gives selected Ryerson electrical and
computer engineering students the opportunity to spend their summers as Hydro
One summer development students, putting their skills to work while benefiting
from additional hands-on training and a steady paycheque.
    Students admitted to the newly created program gain experience in
engineering, construction, planning, field services and management functions
and receive in-house instruction delivered by Hydro One experts. Upon the
successful completion of three summer work-terms, these students will receive
a Hydro One Networks Inc. Power Utility Program Certificate, in addition to
their Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Electrical Engineering from
Ryerson.
    "Ryerson is pleased to enter into this joint venture with Hydro One,"
said Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University. "With Ryerson's emphasis on
career-focused education and Hydro One's commitment to quality training and
highly qualified personnel, this partnership is an excellent fit. We look
forward to working together to provide much-needed power engineers for the
next generation."
    Hydro One, the largest electricity delivery company in Ontario, is facing
a potential technical workforce shortage as a significant number of
retirements are forecasted in most utilities across Canada. Prolonged limited
employment opportunities have contributed to a decline in electrical power
engineering program enrolments. The Hydro One Fellowship is an innovative
strategy on the part of the utility and Ryerson to address this critical
employment dilemma.
    "Faced with unprecedented attrition in our business, Hydro One has
embarked on an aggressive workforce renewal program," said Laura Formusa,
President and CEO, Hydro One. "Working with education partners like Ryerson
allows us to influence curriculum and help create our future energy
professionals. We see this as not only critical to our business but also as an
important contribution to the electricity sector as a whole."
    One of the goals of the Ryerson University-Hydro One affiliation is to
enhance the teaching of power engineering and utility-oriented courses at the
undergraduate level. The venture comes at a time when Ryerson is preparing to
debut its new specialization in Energy Systems for third- and fourth-year
electrical engineering students. The new option, which begins this September,
will benefit greatly from the experience and input of Dr. Bin Wu, Ryerson
University's first Industrial Research Chair (IRC), the NSERC/Rockwell
Automation IRC in Power Electronics and Electric Drives. The Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering has also hired a new faculty member to
support the specialization, Dr. Bala Venkatesh, who specializes in power
systems, optimization techniques and intelligent systems.
    "This is a real win-win collaboration and a great opportunity for our
department," said Dr. Sri Krishnan, Chair, Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering, Ryerson University. "The partnership between Ryerson and
Hydro One will provide our students with an excellent opportunity for
real-world experiential learning. The early exposure to industrial projects
will add a new dimension for students, allowing them to better appreciate the
curriculum."
    For the students, this new partnership represents the potential to have a
summer job secured for every summer of their undergraduate student life. Hydro
One will be admitting 10 first-year Electrical and Computer Engineering
students every year. Students who perform satisfactorily and successfully
complete the Hydro One training program, will be invited back the following
summers at the end of their second and third year of studies. Previously, the
company had only employed students after the third year of their university
studies, or after graduation. Now the Hydro One Fellowship Program gives
students the added benefits of getting in the door early and making career
decisions as they complete their education.
    "The practical application aspect of the Hydro One Fellowship Program is
really enticing," said Ryan Snow, third-year electrical engineering student
who is now enrolled in the summer development program. "For a lot of us, it is
our first opportunity to apply the knowledge we've gained and kind of realize
that life isn't always going to be this type of school environment. I also
appreciate the chance to test the waters in this field before I finish the
program and jump in head-first."

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education,
offering close to 90 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty
of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community
Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted
Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate
enrolment of 25,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education.

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Heather Kearney, Public
Affairs, Ryerson University, Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4282,
hkearney@ryerson.ca; Daniele Gauvin, Media Relations, Hydro One Inc, Office:
(416) 345-6868, Daniele.Gauvin@HydroOne.com


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