Scholarships and Awards

Master of Energy Engineering students/alumni earn valuable scholarships and awards. Congratulations!

Ezgi Takmaz – Winner of the 48th Chancellors’ Student Service and Leadership Award!

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Ezgi Takmaz – Winner of the 48th Chancellors’ Student Service and Leadership Award!

Meet award winning and recent Master of Energy Engineering alumni, Ezgi Takmaz! She was the recipient of this year’s 48th Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award.

A hard-working student Ezgi found time to be active in both professional engineering organizations and student organizations serving as President of the ASHRAE UIC Student Branch. She also earned several professional licenses and certifications, volunteered as a pre-school teacher all while interning at the Industrial Assessment Center.

Ezgi continued her award winning ways by receiving both the 2020 ASHRAE Illinois Chapter Scholarship and the 2020 Midwest Cogeneration Association Scholarship. Previously, she won the prestigious Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship Award for the Academic Year of 2018-2019.

She is now hard at work as an energy engineering professional.

Congratulations Ezgi!

Congratulations Dana Guthrie!

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Master of Energy Engineering Alumna has been named one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” winners. The award “recognizes young professionals in southeastern Wisconsin who are already making a major impact on the region.”

Dana is a Product Manager at Johnson Controls and a Graduate of the Master of Energy Engineering, Class of 2015

Master of Energy Engineering Alumni Hardik Miyani - Winner of the 47th Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Award!

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Congratulations to Hardik on a well-deserved honor. A December 2018 graduate of the Master of Energy Engineering program, Hardik was an active, hard-working student with many accomplishments.

Serving as the 2018 President of the UIC ASHRAE Branch, Hardik increased student membership and organized technical presentations in which industry professionals shared their expertise. He volunteered speaking with parents & high school graduates about ASHRAE & career opportunities in engineering.

Also active in Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Illinois chapter, Hardik was a member of the planning committee.

While participating in extra-curricular activities, Hardik ensured that his studies were not affected and maintained a grade point average of 4.0 during his graduate studies.

In addition to the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Award, Hardik has won the following awards:

  1. International District Energy Association (IDEA) John Gray Award in 2018
  2. Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) & Straubel Foundation Clean Energy Leadership Award in 2018
  3. ASHRAE Illinois Chapter Scholarship in 2018

Congratulations Hardik!

Congratulations Vinit Gala!

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The winners of the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter 2019 Scholarships were announced recently. The ASHRAE scholarship is awarded to exceptional students with excellent academic merit who are interested in a career in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering.  Master of Energy Engineering student, Vinit Gala, was honored this year.

Please join us in congratulating Vinit!

Meet Ezgi Takmaz – Winner of the Consular Corps Scholarship

Winners of the Consular Corps Scholarship, Ezgi is reviving the award

The prestigious Consular Corps Scholarship is awarded an international student with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Ezgi is a first year Master of Energy Engineering student from Turkey. She received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at Duzce University in Turkey and has also studied at Kocaeli University. When Ezgi receives her Master’s Degree, she is planning on working in the Energy Efficiency Building sector.

Congratulations Ezgi!

UIC Master of Energy Engineering Students Win ASHRAE Scholarships

ASHRAE winners of 2018 standing together

Winners of the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter 2018 Scholarships were announced recently. Master of Energy Engineering students continue their winning ways. Three of the five winners are from the MIE Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago and are enrolled in the Master of Energy Engineering program.

Congratulations to Lisa White, Hardik Miyani and Zaki Mafraji!

Master of Energy Engineering Students Continue their Winning Ways!

ASHRAE winners of 2017 standing together: Left- Hilbatullah Ismail; Right - Muhammad Hashim

The Northern Illinois ASHRAE chapter announced their 2017 Scholarship winners. Once again Master of Energy Engineering students took home two of the three awards. Congtratulations to Hibatullah Ismail (Left) and Muhammed Hashim (Right)!

Congratulations to Aravindh Murali!

Linda Latham Scholar winners grouped together on a sunny day.

Aravindh was the recipient of a 2017 scholarship from The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The scholarship gave Aravindh the opportunity to attend ACEEE’s Summer Study of Energy Efficiency in Industry conference.  At the Summer Study in Denver Aravindh had the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and to interact with energy efficiency experts from around the world. In his speech to the conference Aravindh said, “ACEEE Summer Study’17 gave me wonderful exposure to meet and greet with professionals from the Government, Industry, Utility, Policy makers and much more. I was excited to learn from leading researchers all over the world about the current level of research work that is being carried on in this field. Action Sessions gave deep insights on the road blocks we are currently facing in advancing Industrial energy efficiency and solutions.  After attending this conference, I’m sure that my generation of young professionals in the field of energy will be able to take things forward and guarantee a much better future for the generations to come. “ Please join me in congratulating Aravindh.

Meet Farhan Faisal, Master of Energy Engineering, Class of 2017

Farhan Faisal at IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2016, standing next to the IEEE poster.

As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, Farhan and his team worked on developing architectures and communication layers for rural microgrids. They proposed a low cost resource allocation strategy for that provides the power required from the grid on a day ahead basis.

Farhan and his team were selected to present their paper at the IEEE GHTC – Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2016. Congratulations to Farhan and the members of this team!

2016 - ASHRAE Presenters

ASHRAE winners 2016

Winners in 2016. From left to right they are Ian Bonadeo (UIC), Muhammad Hashim (UIC) and Kevin Summers (UIC).

ASHRAE Northern Illinois Chapter Recognizes UIC Scholars

The ASHRAE scholarship is awarded to exceptional students with excellent academic merit who are interested in a career in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering. Congratulations to Master of Energy Engineering students Muhammed Hashim and Kevin Summers and to UIC student Ian Bonadeo.

Meet Triple Award Winner Panos Bakos

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Congratulations to Panos Bakos! 2015 was an outstanding year for this Master of Energy Engineering student. Panos has the remarkable distinction of having earned three different scholarship awards in one year!

First was the ASHRAE scholarship which is awarded to exceptional students with excellent academic merit who are interested in a career in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering. Panos then won the IBPSA scholarship which sent him to the recent Energy Modeling conference in Atlanta. To complete this impressive year Panos was the recipient of the Consular Corps Scholarship. This prestigious award is given to an international student with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Panos definitely knows the value of education. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering at the TEI of Athens, Greece and his interest in buildings brought him to Chicago where he received a BS in Architectural Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He knew he wanted his MS degree, but one with a continued emphasis on Building Science. That led him to the Master of Energy Engineering program at University of Illinois at Chicago.

What’s next for this award-winning student? Panos definitely wants to add PE to his credentials and then, maybe an MBA! With his track record anything is possible.

Congratulations Panos!

2015 Scholarship winners

The three winners of 2015 in formal setting: Panos Bakos, Kevin Summer, and Kelly Costello (not in picture)

The winners Panos Bakos, Kevin Summer, Kelly Costello (not in picture), and Professor Bill Ryan, DIRECTOR OF THE MASTER OF ENERGY ENGINEERING PROGRAM

The 2016 Northern Illinois ASHRAE Spring Conference featured presentations of Capstone papers from three students of the Master of Energy Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Capstone papers are an important All students must complete a Capstone paper prior to graduation from the program. The papers cover a wide-range of subjects relating to energy engineering. If you or your organization are interested in learning more on these topics, please let us know.

We are proud of our students and pleased to see them recognized by such an important industry association.

 

MIE Graduate Students Sweep ASHRAE Illinois Chapter 2014 Scholarships!

ASHRAE Illinois Chapter 2014 Scholarships winners together

Winners of the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter 2014 Scholarships were announced recently and all four winners are from the MIE Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Three winners are enrolled in the Master of Energy Engineering program and one is working on a M.S., Mechanical Engineering. Congratulations to Kelly Costello, Ben Campbell, Matt Kaleta and Amir Salarifard.

2013 Scholarship Winners Announced

James Pena receiving scholarship in front of a painting

The Northern Illinois ASHRAE Chapter announced the scholarship winners for 2013.  Among this year’s winners are MEE students  James Pena and Maher Maymoun.

Congratulations to James and Maher.

Congratulations Behzad!

Behzad with a Chicago Consular Corps Scholarship with two officials

Behzad was awarded a Chicago Consular Corps Scholarships 2012 -2013. The prestigious scholarships are awarded to nine UIC students each year. Eligibility is limited to students who have a minimum cumulative UIC GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The recipients receive $1,000 scholarships.

Behzad is an outstanding example of a Master of Energy Engineering student. He works as a research engineer at the Energy Resource Center and is active in numerous campus activities. Currently he serves as:

  • VP – ASHRAE student chapter
  • Chair of Sustainability committee at Graduate Student Council
  • Member UIC Chancellor’s committee on Sustainability and Energy
  • Member at Large in Student Center Board Sustainability Committee

He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue. Behzad will graduate with a Master in Energy Engineering degree in May 2013