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Who are you?

  • PES Scholar - 2014 and 2015
  • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Minor: Thermal Fluids
  • Graduation: Spring 2016
  • School: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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

I was drawn to engineering because of the lucrative job market and because it was advertised as being a great choice for high school students that are good at math and science. As I learned more about engineering, as I learned how much problem solving is involved, I was even more excited to be an engineer one day. Power was the most appealing field because I became more aware of how much I took electrical power for granted. I was driven by curiosity to understand power more and more.

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

The reason I love power engineering is the same reason I wanted to learn more about it, a lot of people take it for granted. During my internships at utility companies I learned just how many roles power engineers have in producing and delivering reliable and affordable electricity, both as utility employees and as industry services. While I wish the hard-working men and women in the power engineering field got more credit, there's something beautiful in the industry of electricity, all of the power engineers working together to deliver the energy that makes our modern lives possible feels very rewarding.

The most exciting thing about power engineering is the time we live in. New frontiers are on the horizon and Power Generation and Delivery may look completely different in 20 or 30 years. There are several exciting developments in power and energy tech and I pay close attention to news related to it. I have the opportunity to be part of these changes and that excites me the most.

How has being selected as a PES Scholar impacted you?

Being selected as a PES Scholar has not only helped me financially, it has also given me confidence that I made the right decision to become a power engineer.

January 2015