Name: Abby Snow
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology, concentration in Power Systems
Hometown: Pittston, Maine
Graduation year: 2010
Current position: Associate electrical engineer, RLC Engineering, Augusta, Maine
How did UMaine prepare you for your career?
My education at UMaine has prepared me well for any aspect of electrical engineering. Some classes that I use on a daily basis are the power systems classes offered by the EET program, computer programming, controls and project management.
Describe your job and the kinds of projects in which you are involved:
I do load flow analysis and system studies for RLC Engineering in Augusta Maine. We are doing a lot of work on the Maine Power Reliability Program (the billion-dollar upgrade to Maines grid), including planning and studying. I am closely involved with the construction sequencing portion of that. Basically I know which lines will be out at what times, and I run load flow analysis with different contingencies and generation dispatches in order to predict possible scenarios and offer recommendations to fix voltage or thermal violations.
Milestones in your professional career:
Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Everyone should take it while in school. Studying with your friends on a regular basis makes all the difference. Don’t wait.
Why did you choose engineering?
I love math. I love figuring things out. And I love making enough money to support myself and be able to do the things I enjoy (riding horses, snowmobiling, etc)
UMaine is affordable, it’s a well-known and well-respected school, and the professors are just amazing.
Who was your favorite UMaine professor and what lessons did he/she teach you that still resonate today?
The professor whose lessons I use on a regular basis would be Paul Villeneuve. He’s a very challenging professor, but his classes are definitely worth the struggle. I also enjoyed Jude Pearse’s classes because not only were you learning important topics in a fun and interesting way, but she has a lot of real-world experience and her stories really make the lessons mean so much more.
Most memorable moment at UMaine?
Getting an A on a calculus test, making dean’s list, passing Power II, the day my senior project actually worked. I have so many.
The UMaine class that nearly did you in?
Senior Project, definitely. So much work.
Favorite place on campus?
The IEEE lounge or the gym.
Any advice for UMaine engineering students?
Some classes, and teachers and days are going to be harder than others, but just set your mind to getting through. Don’t let one bad grade or one missed class ruin your semester. Work hard, try hard, don’t stress out and you will make it. You will miss school when you graduate, trust me, so make the most of it!!
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