Bill Spann

Innovating Energy Production
 
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Title

Facility Safety Coordinator

Industry

Power Plant Operations (Generating Energy from Waste)

Field of Study

Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering integrates all the disciplines of engineering (chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering) and specialty groups into a team effort forming a structured development process that proceeds from concept to production to operation. Systems Engineering considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs.

Education

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Bachelors of Science (BS), Systems Engineering

United States Naval Academy

Masters Engineering Management (M.E.M)

Old Dominion University

What inspired you to enter your profession?

My time in the Nuclear Power Program in the US Navy. I spent five years being a supervisor in power plants and enjoyed the real life applications of science and technology.

Tell us about the greatest challenge you had while you were in school.

My biggest hurdle was learning to write in a concise, orderly way. There were a few writing assignments I submitted which came back with very low marks. I wrote many pages of words, but there was no clear thesis. I learned to write so that I was actually communicating with the reader.

What innovations should we watch for in the field of energy?

The new idea is getting the word out on the “energy from waste” industry. We process household trash into energy and significantly reduce landfill usage.

How do you give back to your community?

I, along with my wife, assist newly engaged couples to have successful starts to their marriages. I coach Tee-ball and basketball for young children in the local area. I donate to charity and also volunteer my time discussing my career and industry with graduate students at a local university.

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