Q&A: Dewane Daley
Dewane Daley received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1994. He remembers his time at Johns Hopkins fondly and is thankful for the support he received. Today, Dewane is especially pleased to see the increased diversity amongst the faculty and student body. He believes it has made the university even stronger.
What are you doing currently (Where do you work)?
I am the manager of System Operations Projects & Budgets within Georgia Systems Operations Corporation. We are located in Tucker, Georgia. I am responsible for planning the capital and expense budgets to meet the needs and requirements of the business. With 4 project managers in my department, collectively we work with each department to assist with the timely execution of their projects. Critical areas of the business include cybersecurity of our most critical assets, as well as staying compliant with federal regulations pertaining to the safe and reliable operation of the power grid. Emerging technology such as solar is transforming power engineering and is already influencing the approach of energy suppliers in meeting the energy demand of customers. It will only get more interesting as new forms of environmentally friendly energy sources are explored and developed.
How did you get involved with your current job?
I have been in power systems engineering and management for the past 22 years. I worked with Baltimore Gas and Electric for almost 12 years and have been with Georgia Systems Operations Corporation for almost 10 years. BGE was a great opportunity for me after graduation from JHU.
What research projects were you involved in while you were at Johns Hopkins?
Upon completing my master’s of electrical engineering, I began pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering within ECE. However, my career in power systems engineering soon demanded a greater level of attention. I began dedicating my efforts towards building a career in power systems.
Do you have any memories that stand out from the classroom or research lab?
I was especially grateful for the opportunities and experience that came from working with a diverse set of students from across the world. My undergraduate preparation at Morgan State University allowed for a relatively smooth transition to graduate school at Johns Hopkins. I had several wonderful professors and my office mate in the basement of Barton Hall was also inspirational.
Do you have any advice for aspiring electrical and computer engineers?
Setting a goal of completing each stage of your academic endeavors makes the journey more doable. Start the journey and watch how things will, more often than not, fall into place.