travis johnsonWho am I?

Graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis in December 2015 as an Electrical Engineering major with a minor in Mathematics

Area of Academic Emphasis: Power & Energy Distribution

Other Areas of Interest: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Hydro Energy, Electric Vehicles

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

From grade school to now, I always had an interest and a passion for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. When I was 12 years old, my parents had an issue with their cell phone. My intuition solved the issue without using the cell phone manual. After this, I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. During my sophomore year of college, I wasn’t for sure about my area of academic emphasis until I took my first power & energy elective. This elective encouraged me to choose the power engineering field, take more electives about the power engineering field, and learn more and more about the power and energy industry. My internship with POWER Engineers, a global power and energy industry company, has allowed me to gain valuable sills and an understanding about the power engineering field. It feels great in choosing a field that will give me the opportunity to contribute in changing the world.

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

I love the power engineering field because there are so many opportunities and a high demand for young engineers. I am always learning consistently about topics such as solar energy, wind energy, hydro energy, and energy storage. The list just keeps going on and on, and never stops, and these are one of the reasons that I love the power engineering field. When I drive on the road, I analyze the power lines and imagine how the electricity is distributed to a specific location is another reason that I am passionate for the power engineering field. What excites me the most are new technologies that the power engineering field will offer in the future. I am always wondering will there be an electric vehicle that will be able to fly, or a battery that will last forever. I am glad to be part of a field that discovers new technologies in order to benefit society.

How has been selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

Being named an IEEE PES Scholar has motivated and inspired me to complete an electrical engineering degree in the area of academic emphasis in power and energy engineering. The IEEE PES Scholar scholarship made my education affordable, which caused me to reduce my stress about college debt, and now allowed me to look into graduate school in order to continue my education. The IEEE PES Scholar provided me an opportunity to receive free, one-year membership in both IEEE and PES, to learn more about the power and energy industry, to gain valuable knowledge from mentors for PES Scholars, and to network with professional and highly skilled electrical engineers. I am glad to be part of the world’s largest forum for sharing the latest in the technological developments in the power and energy industry.

February 2016