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Jeff Buchholz and Joe Maniaci

Major: Both Electrical Engineering
Topic: Tested the electronics of a wind turbine system in order to design the electronics for the second generation system.
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. Greg Mowry

  • Tested the electronics of a wind turbine system in order to design the electronics for the second generation system.
  • Jeff’s favorite part of the project was testing the generator for the first time and having the test set-up work perfectly.
  • Joe’s favorite part was the hands on learning “like being able to test electronics and sometimes exploding components and tripping circuit breakers to find out where the problems are.”
  • Says that his most memorable experience at St. Thomas was “creating a digital clock for my digital design class.”

What's next for Jeff?

Jeff hopes to attend graduate school and will continue to test, characterize and modify the next generation of electronics for the wind turbine to create a system that works satisfactorily.

What's next for Joe?

Joe will be going to Hawaii for J-Term to study philosophy.
Plans to finish his undergraduate degree at St. Thomas and then begin working in his field of study.