Electrical Engineering Major
Class of 2019
I am currently interning at PPL, in the Distribution Substation Design Group. In a nutshell, our job is to maintain and improve the condition and efficiency of Power Substations. Substations are electrical configurations that use transformers, circuit breakers, conductors, capacitor banks and other various elements of electrical technology to lower the voltage supplied by Power Plants to a level that can be used by customers at the house level, and direct the reduced voltage toward these houses. Currently, I’ve been working on two different projects, one is the repair and replacement of certain parts at the Lanark, PA substation. My other project involves using 3D AutoCad and other programs to create 3D substation models based off point cloud scans. The end goal is to use these models to conduct certain clearance tests remotely, using Virtual Reality and other interesting software.
I wanted a school where I could wrestle, major in engineering and continue developing in my Roman Catholic faith. Being from Allentown, The University of Scranton was the nearest solution. I have not been disappointed.
Electrical Engineering at Scranton
Electrical Engineering is an extremely broad topic, and a 4-year bachelor’s degree is really not much more than a survey of the many complex facets and possible careers an electrical engineer can have. Scranton’s engineering program has exposed me to all sorts of possibilities, while simultaneously helping me form a concrete understanding of engineering basics. I have my favorite topics, including Control Systems Engineering, Energy System applications within Electrical Engineering, and Robotics, and while Scranton cannot make me an expert in any one of these fields, it has equipped me with the fundamental tools needed to succeed in any one of them.
Real World Applications
Scranton does not hold your hand through your four years of electrical engineering, and rightly so. As future engineers in a society that is seeing rapid increase and change in many technological fields, we need to be ready to think for ourselves, using what we know to solve an innumerable variety of issues, regardless of leadership, resources, or coworkers. The Department of Electrical Engineering here at the University of Scranton teaches us what we need to know, and expects us, as electrical engineering students, to have the creativity and desire necessary to pursue our own interests and projects. That being said, the professors are easily accessible and extremely knowledgeable. What you don’t understand in class, they are more than willing to explain to you during office hours or at their earliest convenience. At Scranton, your success as a student will be directly correlated to the effort and time you put in. I think this is a great parallel to life in any career field.