Dr Jelena Ponocko appointed IEEE PES Women in Power representative
Dr Jelena Ponocko, Lecturer in Distance Learning in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, has been appointed the IEEE Power and Energy Society's (PES) Women in Power (WIP) representative for the UK and Ireland.
The main mission of WIP is to advance the world through the creativity and innovation of diverse leadership, and to foster the careers, connections and talent of women in the power industry to achieve their full potential and become leaders of the future.
Dr Ponocko's role will be to promote female power engineers in academia and industry, liaising between those who have established themselves in their respective area and are now serving as role models or mentors, and early or mid-career engineers who seek guidance and advice on their way to becoming leaders themselves.
WIP in the UK and Ireland will be organising workshops, webinars and similar events, with the support of local volunteers (both male and female), to facilitate knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration within and between academia and industry.
The initiative serves ambitious, professional women in the power and energy industry looking for leadership positions and career advancement - the skills, networking and mentorship offered benefit women throughout the industry, whether they are engineers, attorneys, policy makers or accountants.