Who am I?Ellis Christopher

PES Scholar - 2015

Electrical Engineering, 2017, University of California, San Diego My depth in electrical engineering is power systems with additional interest in control systems.

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

I've been tinkering with electronics and computers since I was a kid. I would take apart RC cars and build new ones out of the components. That got me into robotics. While working on robotics projects I developed an interest in power electronics and wireless power transfer. After joining IEEE I attended a fellows dinner hosted by the Syracuse section and met their PES chair who introduced me to large scale power systems. I've been in love with the field ever since.

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

I'm excited by the possibility of impacting future grid designs. Microgrid systems, smart technologies, and HVDC are (in my mind) the future of our grid system. I'd like to be more involved with making those ideas a reality.

How has been selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

It's reinforced my desire to pursue a position in the PE field. I didn't apply for the scholarship to get recognition for my accomplishments, but after being selected it's served as a reminder that I can and will succeed in this field.

January 2016