Jacqueline Le Feuvre receives two IEEE awards for undergraduate achievement


Jacqueline Le Feuvre, fifth-year Electrical and Computer Engineering student. 

Jacqueline Le Feuvre is the recipient of not only one but two incredible achievements recognizing her outstanding work in undergraduate scholarship. A fifth-year Electrical and Computer Engineering student, Le Feuvre has been named one of this year’s 75 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholars.

Le Feuvre is the first student from Western to receive this honour since it was established in 2011. The IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative provides funding and experiential learning for undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers.

To add to this impressive accomplishment, Le Feuvre was also named the 2022 John W. Estey Outstanding PES Scholar Award for Region 7, placing her as the leading PES Scholar in Canada.

Le Feuvre has already compiled a lengthy resume working in the power and energy sector, from nuclear energy to HVAC design. She is also pursuing an Accelerated Masters Program in Electrical Engineering at Western. 

We caught up with Le Feuvre to learn more the work she’s doing now, the work she hopes to do in the future and her student experience. 

Tell us what it means to have received these two incredible awards recognizing your undergraduate work.

Receiving these awards is very significant to me. These awards recognize the hard work I have put into my undergraduate degree, and they have inspired me to continue working hard and making impactful contributions. They have also opened up mentoring opportunities and I am excited to learn from the experiences of others in the power and energy industry. 

Tell us about some of the challenges within power systems that you’re hoping to address in both your studies and later in your career.

I am looking forward to tackling issues related to the transition to a sustainable power grid and the integration of renewable energy into the grid.

Why did you join the Accelerated Masters Program?

I completed a summer research fellowship at Western University and my research topic closely aligned with my interests in power systems. After completing the fellowship, I had the opportunity to continue this research as my Accelerated Masters thesis. In this program, I am able to investigate and solve issues that have never been addressed before which is very exciting.

Now that you’re an upper-year student near the end of your undergraduate studies, what advice do you have for first-year students finding their way in Engineering?

Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes. Always do your best and take advantage of the opportunities available to you on campus. Your undergraduate degree will go by quickly, so enjoy it while it lasts!