I am a Role Model
In my family, I'm the first one to go
In high school, I was good at calculus but I didn't really know what I could do with it. My teacher saw my potential for problem-solving and thought electrical engineering would be a great path for me. I'd never heard of the field so I did some research online. I learned that, with electrical engineering, I could apply math and science to solve some really interesting problems.
In college, I realized there is much more to electrical engineering than I could ever research! It's very diverse and interesting. I took classes in energy conversion and network analysis. Those classes, and my natural curiosity, drew me to the power and energy field.
The program also hooked me up with a mentor who has taught me what it takes to succeed.
The PES scholarship has taken some of the financial burden off my family. But it's more than just the money. The program also hooked me up with a mentor who has taught me what it takes to succeed. I think he put in a good word for me at PepCo, one of the largest electric utilities in the mid-Atlantic region.
Right now, I'm interning with PepCo. It's a hands-on assignment, working with a relay in the telecommunications department, which is perfect for me, since I just took a signals and systems class last semester.
Working at PepCo is like being in a giant lab, except you can actually see the application to the rest of the world. I hope to continue to work for them after I graduate. I think I'd probably like to end up in the distribution department because I'm most interested in transformers and power lines.
I'm doing something
I'm good at, that
I can see myself
doing for a long time.
I see the industry as a wonderful system of copper wires and transformers—but then there are also the smart grids and solar energy. Working in power and energy, I can be involved in what I think are some of the most important and coolest constructs we've ever developed. I'm doing something I'm good at, that I can see myself doing for a long time—and it gives me an opportunity to help others.
I like to give back. I'm involved with the Viva Technology program. We go to middle and high schools, do science activities with the students and get them excited about engineering and the STEM-related fields. I hope my enthusiasm is contagious.
In my family, I'm the first one to go to college. I help my younger brothers with their school work and show them how it applies to the real world. One of my brothers is thinking of going into architecture. I want them—and the kids I talk to in the neighborhood and at my old high school—to see me succeed. I feel like an older brother to all of them.