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NMSU alum establishes endowment for electric utility graduate students

NMSU alum establishes endowment for electric utility graduate students
Linda Fresques
The School Yard
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:35am

One of the first graduates from New Mexico State University’s Electric Utility Management Program has returned to establish an endowed scholarship.

William Paul Charles, electrical engineering classes of ’67 and ’68, said that NMSU made his career possible and he is pleased to be able to give back to the program.

William and Patricia Charles made a gift of $25,000 to the College of Engineering to establish the William Paul and Patricia Charles Endowed Scholarship.

The recipients will be recognized as the William Paul and Patricia Charles Fellow in Power Engineering.

The endowment will fund graduate student fellowships in the Electric Utility Management Program in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NMSU.

Charles pledged an additional $25,000 that will complete the endowment by December 2018.

“We are very grateful for the generosity extended by William and Patricia Charles,” said College of Engineering Dean Ricardo B. Jacquez. “Financial support for graduate students is less plentiful than those offered to undergraduates and this fellowship will undoubtedly support a deserving student who will go on to work in and contribute to the extremely important business of electric power. This fellowship is also important because it provides the incentive for a power engineer to pursue an advanced degree. Engineers must pursue graduate degrees for our nation to maintain a leadership role and be competitive in development of technology and technological systems.”

William Paul Charles was one of the first graduates from the Electrical Utility Management Program.

Before beginning the graduate program, he worked at White Sands Missile Range and NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory.

When he finished the program, he went to work for Shell where he ran their internal co-generation facilities and distribution network.

The Electric Utility Management Program is unique as a program that blends power engineering with regulatory economics.

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