Meet Alex Glanville, HG&E's 2016 Cadet Engineer Scholarship recipient and recent high school graduate. Although Alex has yet to begin his freshman year at college, he's already taking steps towards building a successful career, filling his resume with valuable experiences.
“My teachers at Holyoke High School explained how important it is to build your resume while you're in college,” Alex said. “When I graduate from college, employers will look at my education and resume. The Cadet Scholarship has given me the opportunity to see what real engineers do every day and I have not even started my freshman year of college yet. It's really great!”
Alex will join previous Cadet Scholarship recipients, Missy Bernard and Conor Hoey at Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) this fall, majoring in Electrical Engineering. As a part of the scholarship program, Alex has had the opportunity to shadow a variety of people at HG&E, but a great deal of his time has been spent working directly with electrical engineer, Luai Elamir.
“Currently, I am working on a transformer storage project and learning about all aspects of HG&E's business,” Alex said. “I always knew HG&E provided Holyoke's heat and electricity, but I didn't realize how many other things were going on here. I was especially impressed by the hydroelectric operation.”
Alex has always had an affinity for math, from his days in Sr. Susan's class at Blessed Sacrament School, to his calculus class at Holyoke High School (HHS). He's always had a love for science, especially enjoying Mr. Benoit's Physics II class at HHS, which is the class that piqued his interest in electrical engineering. Alex explained that Mr. Benoit really went above and beyond to make things interesting for the students, which helped him to choose a career path. It's not all about math and science for Alex though. He's an avid golfer in his spare time, getting out to Wyckoff Country Club as often as possible after work. He loves to travel, and is looking to join the study abroad program at WPI when he becomes eligible. He was the voice behind the HHS football team's live tweets, and a member of the HHS Herald staff. We are excited to see what's in store for Alex in the future!
The Cornelius J. Moriarty, Jr. Scholarship for Cadet Engineers is open to City of Holyoke residents who are graduating from a duly accredited senior secondary school and have been accepted into an accredited engineering program. For additional application criteria, please contact Holyoke Gas & Electric Manager's office at (413) 536-9313 or visit www.hged.com/cadet.