Who am I?Witsell Shane web

PES Scholar - 2015

I am an Electrical Engineering Major studying at San Diego State University. I expect to graduate in December 2018. My current study emphasis resides in power and energy engineering and Bio-medical devices such as the ones I work on in the Micro Electo Mechanical Engineering lab (MEMS) under Dr. Samuel Kassegne.

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

I have always been fascinated with power and its applications. In the rapidly advancing technology age the need for power in both great supply, but as well as cleaner dynamic uses has skyrocketed. I have always thought that the best solutions are the ones to the problems of the next age. With power becoming more clean and available across the world, the need for dynamic usages, storage, and reduction of waste will soon become more and more prevalent, and I want to be at the for front of it.

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

The power engineering field has always been a passion of mine since I owned my first electronic device. Being involved in this field means I will be able to not just work on the things I interact with every single day, but continue to advance them into new and exciting usages and capabilities. I work in a micro fabrication facility as well being a member of our SDSU IEEE Future Energy Challenge team (Aztec FEC). Across both groups I am working with power dynamics on a massive scale with our competition this year of building high density power supply, and an extremely small near quantum mechanical scale in my fabrication lab.

How has been selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

Being selected as a PES scholar has allowed me to both have more time to work in the field I aspire to hold my career in as well as work closer with others in the field. The connections and mentorships I have made through this program are invaluable and I look forward to a long history both in IEEE an inside the Power Energy Society.

February 2016