Embark on a transformative journey with the esteemed ELECTRI International Partnerhsip for Career Advancement (PCA) Program, designed exclusively for researchers new to the ELECTRI community. Building upon the foundation of the original Early Career Awards program, this initiative places a strong emphasis on fostering researchers’ education and network within the electrical construction industry. Through the PCA, ELECTRI offers financial grants to new research partners dedicated to advancing the electrical construction sector.


The ideal candidates for a PCA grant will be researchers who want to grow their professional network and broaden their knowledge of electrical construction. The selected grant recipient should bring new skills to the EC industry, skills that complement our strengths and challenge our weaknesses. Each year, the PCA goal will be to identify and deliver a valuable research project that benefits both the researcher and the electrical construction industry. The grantee will be required to produce an end product that provides value to contractors and other sectors of the construction industry and, equally important, establishes the researcher as a subject matter expert in a field where the EC industry needs to grow.

Selection Process

The ELECTRI Council will select no more than two candidates who will each be awarded a one-year PCA grant at a maximum of $30,000. Each PCA grant period will be a maximum of one year. During this time, ELECTRI will provide the researcher with mentoring from industry experts who will help support the research efforts. ELECTRI will also invite the selected researcher to participate in ongoing industry events and will provide a stipend to cover the researcher’s travel expenses. This PCA grant is anticipated as a part-time commitment that coincides with the researcher’s full-time position.


Award recipients will become ineligible for future PCA grants. However, these individuals will be strongly encouraged to submit proposals to other ELECTRI research programs. A PCA grant pilot study might be used as the basis for a subsequent larger scale ELECTRI research project. Recipients of other ELECTRI International funded programs, e.g., the January awards for full research projects, are not eligible to submit proposals for the PCA grant.




2024 Schedule

14 March – Request for Proposals

15 April – Submission Deadline for PCA Proposals – 5:00 PM Eastern

29 April – Selection of Top Candidates
Submissions will be reviewed and judged by the ELECTRI International Program Review Committee, and the top candidates will be notified. Please note that top candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in Washington D.C.

30 May – In-Person Interviews – Washington D.C.
Top candidates will be invited to an in-person interview. Please reserve this date.

5 June – Notification of the Finalists

1 July – Submission Deadline for Finalists’ Presentations

22 July – Notification of PCA Winners
Finalists will be contacted no later than July 22, 2024 regarding the final funding decision by the ELECTRI Council.

July 2025 – Winner Research Submission – Final research should be submitted

July 2025 – Presentation of Findings at ELECTRI Council Meeting


Partnership for Career Advancement (formerly Early Career Award) Recipients


MEP Contractors and GCs: What is the cost of inexperience?
Amelia Celoza, University of Colorado Boulder


Knowledge-based Visual System for Ergonomics and Safety Monitoring in Electrical Construction
Mohamad Razkenari, State University of New York

Satisfying the Need for a Systematic Incident Investigation Learning Program
Ahmed Al-Bayati, Lawrence Technical University


Examining a Latent Side-Effect of Electrical Safety Interventions among T&D Line Workers  
Sogand Hasanzadeh, Purdue University

Allocating and Leveraging BIM Efforts for Electrical Contractors
Hala Nassereddine, University of Kentucky


Measuring Situational Awareness Among Electric T&D Line Workers
Siddarth Bhandari, Western Michigan University

Harnessing Knowledge and Experience of Specialty Contracting Supervisors
Anthony Sparkling, Purdue University


Safety Training of Electrical Workers in a 360-degree Immersive Digital Environment
Masoud Gheisari, University of Florida

Improving Project Planning and As-Built Verification of Electrical Construction with Mixed Reality: A Healthcare Case Study
Yilei Huang, South Dakota State University


Augmented Reality for Electrical Construction Tasks
Steven Ayer, Arizona State University

Marketing Electrical Apprenticeship Opportunities with Content Targeted Toward Recruiting Women
Heidi Wagner, University of Wisconsin


Best Practices for Early Adoption of Productivity Improvement Programs
Brian Lines, University of Kansas

Flexible Overhead: Agile Strategies That Increase Electrical Contractor Profitability
Jake Smithwick, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Exploring Where the Electrical Construction Workforce Comes From and Their Career Awareness
Ben Bigelow, Texas A&M University

Electrical Contractors’ Perception and Practices with Risk Management
Anthony Perrenoud, University of Oklahoma