Program for Women in Renewables and Energy in SE Asia (WIRES)

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Application Deadline: May 31, 2023
Event: June 2023 - December 2023

Mostly virtual with a 2-day in-person workshop

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with support of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (State ENR) Power Sector Program (PSP) and Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP), is organizing a 6-month-long technical and professional development program for women power engineers from Southeast Asia with interest in renewable energy.

  • Expert-led technical training on renewable integration
  • Engagement with industry experts from North America, Japan, and Southeast Asia
  • Opportunity for networking, mentoring, and leadership skills.

This event will provide a unique opportunity to:

  • Enhance knowledge by learning from subject matter experts and gain insights into the latest developments in the industry.
  • Expand your network globally for career growth.
  • Receive a certificate from the Department of State demonstrating your commitment to professional development.

Program Schedule

Kick-off orientation (virtual)
Time commitment: 90 minutes | Date: June 2023

Speaker Highlight

  • Faith Corneille, Global Power Sector Program Manager, U.S. Department of State ‘Welcome Note’
  • Dr. Karma Sawyer, Division Director, PNNL ‘Women in Leadership’
  • Dr. Titiporn Sangpetch, Chief, Power System Connection & Cooperation Planning Department, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) – Topic TBA
  • Dr. Marcelo A Elizondo, Principal Power System Research Engineer, PNNL ‘Renewable Integration/Overall Support to SE Asia’
  • Speaker from the National Load Dispatch Centre of Vietnam TBA

June – November

  • Monthly virtual technical presentations and mentorship (2-hr per month time commitment). Speakers from industries in North America and participating countries, universities, and national laboratories.
  • A 2-day in-person workshop in Vietnam (August/September) with interactive sessions, technical presentations, and networking.
  • Final event (November) – Virtual poster presentations and panel discussion. Certificate of Participation awarded upon successful completion of the program under the U.S. Department of State’s banner.

Background: The State ENR PSP provides technical and regulatory support to the Clean Enhancing Development and Growth through Energy (EDGE) Asia initiative and the Japan-United States Mekong Power Partnership. Under PSP, PNNL delivers technical and analytic support to countries in Southeast Asian in modeling and simulation capabilities, analytic support, and training, including for increased penetration of variable renewable and distributed energy resources.

JOIN US! Early-and mid-career women engineers in the power industry, including graduate students with interest in renewable energy, from Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Thailand are invited to apply for the program for learning, mentoring, and networking opportunities. No registration fees or costs. Cost of travel will be covered through the program. Limited seats!

WHY PNNL? PNNL is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory. PNNL’s main campus is located in Richland, Washington, USA. PNNL is taking on the toughest challenges presented by grid modernization, helping to redefine the modern grid for the 21st century. Key research areas include grid architecture, transmission and distribution system analysis and innovation, advanced data analytics, renewable energy integration, energy storage, cybersecurity, and grid-related emergency response. PNNL is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion among our staff and in the community.

Contact Information:

Alka Singh, Electrical Engineer, PNNL 
Malini Ghosal, Electrical Engineer, PNNL

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