Life is a meandering quest to deliver the fruits of my imagination, given the constraints of reality, and given the lessons of my past.
I am a substation engineer for an electric power provider. My technical expertise encompasses the areas of bulk power conversion (e.g. high-voltage DC transmission, reactive power compensation in AC transmission), interfacing and controlling distributed generation sources, and the impact of large-scale energy storage devices on electricity markets. I hope to pursue a career based not only in science and engineering research, but one that transcends into management, politics, and education.
I grew up in the Appalachian town of Steubenville, Ohio. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a minor in business from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I then studied for my master's degree in electrical engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. My leadership experiences consist historically of having served as President of Wright State's University Activities Board, and Social Events Coordinator of Queer McGill. I now serve on AEP's Pride Partnership employee resource group steering committee, and am a member of the Ohio Splash swim team in Columbus, OH.
In 21st Century America, I believe in the responsibility of granting Americans (regardless of their ability or desire to own a car) the means to get from their home to their destination, whether it be for work, school, shopping, entertainment, visiting family, traveling, etc. There are innumerable socioeconomic and environmental benefits that could be achieved from broadly accessible, interconnected transport systems in sustaining healthy, vibrant, and energy efficient urban communities.
It is my life's work to leverage the capabilities, efficiencies, and reliability of the electric power system in order to foster development of sustainable interconnected transport systems alongside a sustainable interconnected electric power system.
Discovery and learning excite me. I love meeting weird new people, learning new things, and experiencing new activities. The most valuable moments of my life are those during which I learn something new.
"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." - Voltaire