Offering an exciting and comprehensive schedule of student and young professional sessions and activities, the Collegiate Program is designed to help new talent launch successful careers in the power and energy industry. Below is a complete schedule of student and young professional activities.

In addition to the events below, Student Registration also includes: Monday night's Opening Reception, access to the Technical Sessions, Exhibit Hall and the Closing Session where Student Poster Winners will be awarded prizes. Student PES membership required.


Student Breakfast

Graduate and undergraduate students registered for the conference are invited to a complimentary breakfast with a fun ice breaker exercise on Tuesday and Wednesday that will help them get to know each other before the day starts.
Telling Your Unique Story With A Personal Brand

Regardless of age, job title or industry, how you express your values, strengths and interests influences others’ perception of you, and the actions they take to support your career success. In this workshop, you’ll learn what a personal brand is, why it is an important tool in career management, and identify the brand you want to be known for.
Conference Luncheon

Grab a bite, walk the aisles and experience exhibitors from around the world during the Conference Luncheon held in the exhibit hall.
How to Leverage Your Strengths

Research shows using your strengths in your work leads to higher levels of achievement and happiness.  Happiness is free, but your mind can be a prison.  Learn to break free and leverage your superpowers.
Women in Power, Young Professionals and Collegiate Reception

PES Women in Power, Young Professionals and Collegiate will be hosting a powerful networking reception that promotes diversity and inclusion of women and young professionals in the industry, highlights and acknowledges their achievement, and provides an opportunity for young professionals to meet peers and potential mentors.
Tour of Exhibit Floor with Young Professionals

Young professionals from various companies will guide an exclusive student tour of the T&D exposition floor before it opens Wednesday. With over 800 exhibitors, this will be a unique experience for students interested in the power industry.
How to Engineer Your Success

Would you like more success? Do you feel stuck in some areas? Are you ready to try something new? You will leave this session with a deeper understanding of how your mind works and the next steps to take in your journey.
Speed Networking Student Lunch

Join young professionals from various companies for an opportunity to interact, learn and develop important industry contacts during this unique networking lunch.
Trends and Emerging Technology in Power Industry Panel

The power industry is constantly evolving with new technologies and innovations. Today, young professionals are playing an ever-larger role in shaping an increasingly complex energy landscape, utilizing innovation to drive growth, and fundamentally, transforming the industry to be more sustainable, resilient and reliable. 

This  Young Professionals panel features executives and leaders as they share perspectives on ways to progress in this competitive learning environment, providing advice and expertise on driving technological innovation forward, as well as answering questions about professional development and increasing one’s impact as a leader in this environment. 

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Poster Session and Reception

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and the wide variety of posters competing in the Student Poster Contest with a chance to talk to the students conducting the research.