Advanced Energy and the Motors and Drives team are happy to welcome Brett Elizondo as a new co-op through North Carolina State University’s Cooperative Education Program. Brett was born and raised in Raleigh and is currently majoring in mechanical engineering at N.C. State with a minor in Spanish.
Growing up, Brett enjoyed math and science and knew he wanted to pursue engineering in college. He decided to focus on mechanical engineering just prior to his freshman year, after completing externships at Caterpillar Inc. and Red Hat Inc. Brett was drawn to mechanical engineering for its emphasis on the design and operation of machinery. When Brett found the co-op opening at Advanced Energy, he knew it would be a great fit and an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience. It also aligned well with his passion for renewable energy.
Brett joined Advanced Energy just a couple of weeks ago but has already learned a lot. He has been working closely with Henry Sharpe – another co-op, who is in his third rotation – to test and handle motors, and he is eager to continue to improve his knowledge and skills. By the time the next co-ops arrive in the fall, Brett will be ready to take on the mentoring role. In all, Brett will spend three rotations over a year and a half working in the motors and drives lab.
The co-op program is a win-win for all involved: Brett will gain invaluable first-hand experience that he will be able to take with him and apply in the future, and the Motors and Drives team gets to mentor future generations of engineers while having additional support to promote and grow its work. Advanced Energy is excited to have Brett on board!