Hydro One Scholarships support Women in Engineering

Sarah Flatley (left), Stephanie Marinacci (right)

Western Engineering News | July 8, 2020

Each year, Hydro One helps the next generation of engineers through its Women in Engineering Scholarship Program. Ten Ontario university students were recently announced as recipients of the 2020 scholarships, which includes a financial award as well as a paid opportunity to work for Hydro One in a developmental student placement position.​

Of the 10 Hydro One Women in Engineering Scholarships given to university students across Ontario, Western Engineering students Sarah Flatley and Stephanie Marinacci each received one.

Sarah Flatley recently completed her third year of Mechanical Engineering and will be starting a year-long co-op with Ontario Power Generation as an Engineering Intern this summer.

“Receiving this scholarship from Hydro One was such an amazing feeling,” said Flatley. “It validated all of the hard work and passion that I put into this degree and program.”

Outside of the classroom, Flatley joined the Western Engineering Soph Team last year, where she helped incoming Engineering students transition to life at Western and mentor and guide them through their first year in Engineering.

In Summer 2021, Flatley will work with Hydro One in a developmental student placement position.

“Scholarships like the Hydro One Women in Engineering Award give young women the encouragement they need to pursue careers in STEM programs, especially Engineering,” added Flatley. “It shines a light on the hardworking and highly capable women in this field.”

Stephanie Marinacci recently completed her second year of Electrical Engineering and was set to work as an Outage Planning Intern with Hydro One this summer before COVID-19 took effect. A new start date is to be determined.

“I am ecstatic to be awarded the opportunity to gain experience in a power-generation field that I am passionate about,” said Marinacci. “And I am honoured to be chosen by Hydro One to advocate for gender equality within electrical engineering.”

Marinacci has already proven herself a strong advocate for Women in Engineering through her involvement in various extracurriculars and outreach initiatives.

Marinacci is currently a student ambassador for the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering, she served as a panellist at Fall Preview Day to speak with potential students, and volunteered as an Orientation Week Leader in 2019. Marinacci is also a recipient of a 2020 Linamar Scholarship for Women in Engineering and Business. These scholarships support up to 10 female students entering HBA 1 with the intention of completing the dual degree program in Engineering and Ivey (BESc/HBA).

For her first two years at Western Engineering, Marinacci has been a member of the Sunstang Solar Car project, where she is now the Internal Affairs lead for the team.

“I have a passion for solar energy and believe it is the future of the automotive industry.”

Western Engineering congratulates Sarah and Stephanie on their well-deserved scholarships and would like to thank Hydro One for its continued support of Women in Engineering.

For more information on Hydro One’s Women in Engineering Scholarships, visit hydroone.com.