Becejac receives travel grant to participate in WIE ILC

BecejacTamara Becejac, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received a travel grant to participate in the 2016 IEEE Woman In Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference (ILC).

Becejac was among only five recipients nationwide to receive the travel grant to attend the conference, which will take place in California in late May. The conference gives attendees the opportunity to create communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration. WIE ILC focuses on providing leading-edge professional development for mid-level and senior women.

Becejac was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both from the University of Novi Sad and both in electrical engineering, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Since 2014, she has been pursuing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Texas A&M. Her research interests include power system protection and control, smart electricity grid solutions, synchrophasor technology and applications in power systems, as well as big data analytics.

Becejac received the 2016 International Student Services Graduate Scholarship Award from Texas A&M for scholastic accomplishments and academic excellence. In 2015, she was the recipient of the scholarship award from Dositeja-Fund for Young Talents of the Republic of Serbia. Her honors include receiving the 2015 Best Project Poster award at the Power System Engineering Research Center (PSERC) industry advisory board meeting,

Since 2014, Becejac has been extensively involved in the PSERC High Impact project “Life-cycle management of mission-critical systems through certification, commissioning, in-service maintenance, remote testing and risk assessment.” Under the supervision of Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, her main focus has been developing a PMU testing and calibration synchrophasor environment at Texas A&M and data management for synchrophasor technology using the OSIsoft PI system tools.

Becejac has been serving as vice-president for the Texas A&M IEEE IAS-PES-PELS Joint Student Chapter and vice-president for the Texas A&M Honor Society chapter since 2014.

The mission of the IEEE WIE ILC is to inspire, engage and advance women in engineering. Through more than 600 affinity groups and 18,500-plus members around the world, IEEE Women in Engineering transforms the lives of hundreds of thousands of young girls and women around the world through pre-university outreach, technical seminars, humanitarian projects, networking events and educational programs.