Reflection on meeting with Alum by Merlene Buchanan '19
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Reflection on meeting with Alum by Merlene Buchanan '19

Alibrandi-BuchananMerlene Buchanan '19 reflects on her meeting with Engineering Alumnus, Jim Alibrandi '84

Visiting Alumni Jim Alibrandi, President of Interstate Electrical Services encouraged current CETA students to pursue their career goals. He emphasized the shortage of new construction workers, as engineering is not limited to design and research. This was a shock to me, of East Hartford, CT, pursing a BS of Electrical Engineering, minoring in Business. I plan to manage an electrical supply house in the future.

“Electricity literally runs in my family!” I remarked. The 1960s bauxite rush in the Caribbean offered many opportunities in the trades then, which my uncles and father pursued. One uncle became an electrical engineer, my father an electrician. Mr. Alibrandi and they had shared that the best reward in construction and renovation is knowing their skills can brighten someone's life.

This talk was very encouraging, and sensing that I will be filling a void really motivates me to pursue my studies.

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