Process Automation Engineer

  • Kavitha Duvoor
  • Class of 2011
  • College Major: Electrical Engineering
What/who inspired you to get into this field?

I was very interested in math in high school, but I knew I wanted to work in a field that had more hands-on applications. My high school computer science teacher showed me different engineering fields, and I learned that electrical engineering was more math-based and less science. It immediately appealed to me, and I don’t regret the decision one bit!

What classes would you recommend for this field (high school and college)?

Take as many math courses as possible, including AP calculus your senior year of high school. I chose my electives to be math and computer science courses in high school. This helped me during my electrical engineer curriculum. The computer science course also helped me because I was able to wrap my head around other computing languages much easier than my colleagues who were exposed to computer programming for the first time on the job.

What are some other companies that employ graduates in this field?

What’s great about electrical engineering is that it’s a very versatile major. Every engineering company uses some sort of automated system that may require electrical power to be used, or needs programming done on that automated system. Power companies, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, utilities, robotics, steel industry, water solutions and architect companies are just a few examples.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I make a difference in the world.