Two universities in Colorado with strong engineering curriculums have been named “official education partners” with HydroVision International 2017.
Colorado School of Mines in Golden and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins are joining with PennWell to help connect students at their universities pursuing studies in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering with hydropower producers and suppliers of hydro-related services and products during HydroVision International 2017 in Denver, Colo.
As the hydro industry looks to the future, a significant challenge many companies face is replacing its aging workforce. For example, a study by the Washington State University Energy Program indicates that, by 2018, about 17% of the current electric power workforce in the Pacific Northwest is expected to retire.
Many hydro professionals cite finding qualified candidates to replace outgoing members of the workforce is a growing concern.
“With these two issues in mind, HydroVision International is an ideal forum for companies and organizations looking for new hires to connect with students interested in the disciplines involved in this market — not only in the traditional fields of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, but also in other fields as diverse as water resource management to biology to political science,” says Marla Barnes, publisher and chief editor of PennWell’s Hydro Group.
By partnering with these academic institutions, PennWell hopes to provide a forum for students to see the varied and exciting career options available in the conventional hydro, pumped storage, and marine energy market sectors, while also provide an opportunity for companies to connect with prospective employees.
Several hydro professionals in the Denver area, including representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation, Gracon, and the city of Boulder, Colorado, are working with PennWell and the universities in an advisory capacity to reach out to students to alert them to the opportunity to participate in HydroVision International.
For more details about this student outreach effort and to get involved, contact Marla Barnes.
HydroVision International 2017 takes place July 27-30 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. For full details about the event, visit HydroEvent.com.