I have always been involved in research and development related to energy engineering. As a kid, I played with Lego, Erector sets, and model steam engines. In my early teens, I built a small operating wind turbine from an Erector set and mounted it on the peak of the roof of my childhood home. I subsequently pursued a mechanical engineering degree from Northeastern University in Boston, and eventually made my way to Queen’s University to complete a master’s degree.
I was attracted to the Kingston area because of the lakes north of the city. I enjoy flat-water kayaking and even did a 300 km solo kayak trip in 1994 through the Inside Passage of Alaska. I was fortunate to find employment after receiving my degree in Kingston. At St. Lawrence College, my main project is the Outdoor Solar Inverter Test Facility. I enjoy working in the energy industry as an engineer.
New technologies are making their way into the industry. Being involved with integrating these technologies into new applications and making them more efficient provides new arenas for me to develop my expertise.