Who am I?Towle Anna

PES Scholar - 2015

I am an electrical engineering major (2016) at the University of Vermont. I have a strong focus on power systems and renewable energy with hopes of working in the smart grid industry.

Why did you choose to study engineering and the power engineering field?

I have always been interested in renewable energy technology and decided during my freshman year that the best way to work with renewables was through electrical engineering. During my junior and senior year I have been exposed to power engineering and working with the power grid and have narrowed my focus down to smart grid/renewable energy integration.

What do you love about the power engineering field? What excites you about being involved in the PE field?

I love that the power grid is at a critical tipping point right now- the future holds many options for updating the grid, especially with a view towards smart grid and adding more renewable energy. Working with such large amounts of data and complex optimization algorithms has a lot of potential, and I love getting to experiment with simulations that so accurately represent the grid.

How has been selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

Being selected as a PES Scholar is a great honor, and has only made me more excited to work in the field. There are a lot of resources available to me and seeing all of my options have convinced me to pursue a graduate degree in either electrical or sustainable energy engineering.

January 2016