Brian Malone - Cleveland State University

I am attending Cleveland State University as an electrical engineering with an academic emphasis in power systems.  I expect to graduate in the spring of 2019. Other areas of interest: state estimation, data science, molten salt nuclear reactors

I have always had an insatiable need to know how things work and to use that knowledge to try to make systems and processes work more efficiently. I was a mechanic during my enlistments with the U.S. Coast Guard, where the seed was planted during formal technical training and on-the-job equipment repairs to pursue an engineering career when I separated from the service. I have chosen electrical engineering and the power field in particular because there is a growing trend toward electrically powered transportation which will both draw more load and require charging infrastructure, each of which in turn will demand motivated engineers. Renewable energy sources, innovative nuclear generation, as well as the constant need to upgrade and maintain the power grid also make this an exciting time to be a part of the power field, as do new tools like big data and analytics.

I love the breadth and depth of the power engineering field within electrical engineering. Not only does it appear to be impossible to get bored in a power career, but the field looks poised to make a leap into the future on par with the rise of the web, providing a foundation for continued innovations and improvements in people's quality of life. My co-op experience at an electric utility's operations center has only scratched the surface of what an engineer can do in the power field.

How has been selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

1)    Easy access to IEEE events and members.

2)    Confidence to pursue the field that interests me the most.

3)    Motivation to excel in classes and apply skills during employment experiences.