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Engineering Students Receive Real-World Experience thanks to Entergy

WINTER 2017 | Matthew Roberts

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Last spring, New Orleans-headquartered Entergy Corporation partnered with the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering to provide undergraduate students with an exceptional opportunity. Students were able to take a two-semester engineering physics capstone course that provided real-world experience and the potential to work with major industries. Entergy – an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations – provided rising undergraduates at the School of Science and Engineering with equipment, engineering support and the type of academic challenges that propel students to create innovative solutions.

Sean Boyer, a senior with an engineering physics and computer science double major, was a particular standout due to his work on a project that will help make it easier and safer for Entergy to gather information on power outages during storms. He interned with the company over the summer and hopes to continue working with them in the future.

“I’ve had an incredible time working with Entergy,” Boyer said. “Technology is the future of the industry, and it’s been so great to have had face time with industry leaders and to have acquired such valuable skills.”

Matt Barrios, a professor of practice in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics and instructor for the engineering physics capstone course said, “It was so exciting to see Sean flourish in that project and to witness Entergy’s recognition of his talents., It just proves what valuable experiences students gain through these partnerships.”

Boyer worked with Chan Wong, a relay settings supervisor in Entergy’s transmission organization. “Partnering with local programs is a key component in Entergy’s ongoing workforce-development initiatives,” said Wong. “As technology rapidly evolves, the future is bright both for engineers and our industry.”

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu