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Xavier Lee

Xavier Lee

  • Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Company: Southern Company
  • Graduation Year: 2019
  • E-mail: krl195@vols.utk.edu

Ambassador Profile

From: Milan, TN               

I had the opportunity to co-op with Southern Nuclear a part of Southern Company and a source of the production of electricity for Georgia. While at Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 in Waynesboro, Georgia, I took on several projects such as Fire Plan development, Subcontract reviews, program development, and a plethora of minor projects. During my three rotations, I was in Systems and Program Engineering.                

I decided to co-op because I felt that it would assist me in understanding not only how the engineering work force is structured, but if my engineering discipline was the correct field for me. The opportunity to co-op opened my eyes to the multitude of possibilities within my career. During my third rotation, I was asked to assist with subcontracts for the site. This project allowed me to see and understand the business side of nuclear energy, and to make decisions from a big picture  point of view outside of engineering. Along with my business administration minor, I felt that this project developed me beyond my education. It has helped improve my time management skills, communication skills, and presentation skills. From a professional standpoint, the co-op has prepared me for the office culture, as well as corporate culture.            

I would suggest that you take a step out of your comfort zone to achieve the goals you think are unattainable. You truly never know what opportunities await if you don't take a risk.       

I enjoy listening to music, traveling, and playing with my dog in my spare time.

Xavier Lee


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