STEAM Speaker Spotlight: Quinn Perry
Can you explain what you do in your job in 2-3 sentences?
As an electrical engineer in the power industry, I study how to convert energy from the sun, wind, and water into electricity. I have to determine how to connect these different forms of renewable energy to a local power system, without affecting the safety and reliability of the system. I use computer simulation programs to evaluate the effects of renewable energy and how to mitigate any potential issues.
Why do you give back as a guest speaker in the STEAM the Streets program?
I give back as a guest speaker because I want to inspire the next generation of engineers and musicians.
What is your favorite part about sharing your career and story with the students?
My favorite part about sharing my career and story is that I get to show the students a way to enjoy the best of both worlds. My career as an electrical engineer allows for financial stability. Making music allows me to express myself and connect with people who relate with my message.
Do you remember a student question, comment, or reaction they had that totally made your day?
I remember the smiles on some of the students’ faces when I was rapping. I could tell I caught them by surprise.
What is the importance of having a role model such as yourself providing exposure for our students?
Having a role model with a similar background to the students is important because it shows them that they can come from New Bedford and be whatever they want to be. I’ve wanted to be an engineer since I was in middle school and a rapper since high school. Instead of choosing, I decided to do both at the same time.
What is a side hobby you have or something you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I like to listen to music or write new music of my own. I love rapping and singing new songs to myself in the car.