CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Joseph Kelly

October has been declared National Energy Awareness Month, and in recognition of the local, national and global issues surrounding the topic, CJ’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series welcomes guest presenter Joseph Kelly on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Kelly, a young electrical engineer with the Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), recently graduated from Kettering University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the field of engineering management. At DP&L, his responsibilities include maintaining reliable service, accommodating for growth and working successfully with a team.

“I am just one person with one specific duty that helps the team’s collective mission,” Kelly said. “I would like to convey a message [to students] that incites curiosity and excitement about a field that I am intrigued by.”

Energy concerns have become a hot button issue in recent years with rising gasoline and oil prices, and a heightened national emphasis on sustainability, dependence and the impact to the environment.

“Power and energy is not the most glamorous field to work in, but it poses some of the biggest challenges this world will see in the coming decades.

“I just hope I can, perhaps, influence students to give power engineering a chance and open their eyes to a great opportunity,” Kelly said.

The CJ STEMM Idol Speaker is not the only one working to bring awareness to the forefront. According to www.whitehouse.gov, “the Obama Administration is kicking off a month of clean energy events and activities,” as part of, “a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being.”

Did You Know
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the modern day light-emitting diode, better known by its abbreviation, LED, which was perfected by Dr. Nick Holonyak, Jr., in 1962.