Earl Franklin Brush Innovation Award Application
The Earl Franklin Brush Innovation Award recognizes Electrical Engineering students who possess an interest in power generation and/or exhibits an entrepreneurial mindset. Applicants must be of junior status and have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Preference will be given, but will not be limited, to students interested in power generation. Prior to completing this application, applicants are encouraged to review the background about Earl Brush and his children’s motivation for creating this award.
Earl Franklin Brush graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1946 degreed as an electrical engineer. He first entered Ohio Northern as a freshman in 1942, but his education was interrupted by the events of World War II. During the war, the U.S. Air Force sent him to the University of Minnesota and in 1944 Earl entered the Army Air Forces Training Command School at Yale University for training in communications. He spent the last year of his service to our country working in England to perfect the radar that was being used on-board the bombers that flew deep into Europe from bases in the United Kingdom. After the war, he returned to his beloved Ohio Northern to complete his education. Upon graduation from ONU he spent his 35-year career as a public servant working as the director of several public power companies in Ohio and Michigan. Mr. Brush served as president of the American Public Power Association for 10 years, was a member of Michigan Governor's Advisory Committee on Electric Power Alternatives and served on the Board of Water and Light (BW&L) for more than 10 years.
Recognition was bestowed on Mr. Brush in 1985 when the Board of Water & Light named a $4.6 million Electric System Operating Center after him. When recognized with this honor it was noted, “Earl started with BW&L in 1968 as assistant general manager and has steered the utility the past 12 years as its director and general manager. The board of BW&L praised Earl for putting BW&L in a strong financial position and keeping it there, and for his ‘devoted service.’”
Earl was passionate about public service, about power generation plants and about bringing power to the people in an efficient and affordable manner. Earl’s leadership and business acumen helped BW&L connect their ideas with the marketplace. Mr. Brush possessed an entrepreneurial mindset whereby he was able to recognize opportunity, identify risks, assess problems, and understand legal and business issues to find success in today’s dynamic and demanding work environment.
Therefore, the Brush family established the Earl Franklin Brush Innovation Award to provide financial assistance to a future electrical engineer who has an interest in power generation and/or who possesses the entrepreneurial mindset, and will carry forward similar characteristics of those demonstrated by Mr. Brush.
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