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Seminar September 21 - Power Engineering: Working on the Largest Machine in the World

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for seminar on Wednesday, September 21! Chris Byrne is scheduled to present about power engineering. Participate in person at the Micron Engineering Center, room 114 or join us on Zoom.

Presentation Abstract


The North American electrical grid is often called the largest machine in the world. It’s construction and evolution has taken over 120 years and it has challenged each discipline of engineering to keep electricity flowing everyday along the way. This seminar will talk about the different career paths one can choose in the field of power engineering, and the interesting places it can take you to. We will talk about the push towards renewables and emerging technologies to the electric grid, and if a new graduate were to choose this to be their career path, what they might find their day-to-day working experience to be like.


Chris Byrne is a licensed professional electrical engineer and senior project engineer in the power and utility industry. Chris earned his B.S. in electrical engineering in 2007 from the University of Idaho. Upon graduation, Chris joined the consulting firm POWER Engineers Inc. as an electrical engineer. Through his career Chris has worked on and eventually led projects across the nation and around the globe involving integrated relaying systems, arc flash studies, and electrical studies.