Alison Stuart '18, BS Electrical Engineering
Hometown: 
Scotia, N.Y.

I wanted to attend a college in a small, tight-knit community where I knew I would get an excellent engineering education. Clarkson fit that bill, and I'm confident that my experiences here will help me realize my goal of developing and implementing large-scale renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind farms in the Northeast.

I chose to major in electrical engineering, with a concentration in power systems and a minor in sustainable energy systems, because I’ve always had a passion for sustainability/renewable energy. This plan of study combines both those interests into a career that I know I will love and that will help the planet.

At Clarkson, students jump right in to real-world experiences — which I love! I'm working on research with Dr. Tom Ortmeyer, from the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, in order to complete my Honors Thesis. ... I'm learning and, at the same time, doing work that will benefit the community.

Alison Stuart '18, BS Electrical Engineering

Alison Stuart

Being a student at Clarkson has helped me to embrace my ability to lead. I stepped up to take on several Executive Board positions with organizations on campus, and I am now much more comfortable in that role than I was in high school. I'm balancing rigorous coursework, along with my responsibilities to clubs and groups, so I've become more organized and better at managing my time. That's always a good thing!

There are so many fun ways to explore interests, gain leadership skills and make friends here. I play intramural softball and serve as director of publicity for the Society of Women Engineers and president of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society), as well as service and alumni relations chair for Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) and activities co-chair for the Honors Program Steering Board. I also work as a TA in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Lab.

At Clarkson, students jump right in to real-world experiences — which I love! I'm working on research with Dr. Tom Ortmeyer, from the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, in order to complete my Honors Thesis. The project involves modeling the proposed microgrid for Potsdam and testing the system for frequency variation issues. I'm learning and, at the same time, doing work that will benefit the community.

This summer, I'm working on my third internship in the substation planning department of POWER Engineers, in the Syracuse, N.Y., office. I have already completed summer internships with New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, in the transmission planning department in Binghamton, N.Y., and with New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation, in the security and IT departments, in Albany. Having diverse experiences for my summer internships has really helped me to narrow down what I want to do with my degree and what type of company I want to work for once I graduate. I'm excited about my future!

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