Who are you?
PES Scholar - 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduated - Spring 2015. BSEE with an emphasis in power engineering.
Upon graduation Thomas accepted a position at Nextera Energy. He is the system engineer for the transformers and switchyard at Iowa's only nuclear power plant.
Why did you choose to study engineering and the power engineering field?
In our effort to be energy independent power engineering is an important field if we are to become an energy independent nation.
What do you love about the power engineering field? What excites you about being involved in the PE field?
While the nuclear power plant I will be working at is aging, I believe nuclear power will make a comeback. Nuclear power is a reliable cost effective energy source, now and in the future.
How has being selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?
Receiving any scholarship is an honor. The PES Scholarship is one that is special to me. My dad has worked in the nuclear power industry for over 30 years. He is an ex-Navy nuclear electrician. He was one of 6 children so his parents did not have the money for him to go to college. He went the U. S. Navy route. I feel honored that my parents helped me prepare for college and supported my efforts to graduate. The 3 year PES Scholarship is helping me graduate while being almost debt free.
3 March 2016