Audio: Southern Company’s Kenneth Odom discusses educational pilot competition for undergrad engineers

A partnership between Southern Company and the Hydro Research Foundation looks to spark interest amongst undergraduate-level engineering students via a new program called the Hydro Think Tank.

The program will pit teams representing the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Samford University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham against one another at Southern Company’s Logan Martin Dam.

There, teams will spend the week of May 14th performing field work and other practical tasks to answer a specific set of challenges, after which their findings will be evaluated by a panel of industry leaders.

“After spending some time around hydropower myself, I wanted to pass along that knowledge and I thought this was a really good way for me to be able to do this,” said Kenneth Odom, principal engineer for Southern Company and Hydro Think Tank creator. “So I proposed this to the Hydro Research Foundation and everybody immediately came on board. It’s had great support and a lot of good input.”

Hydro Group editor Michael Harris recently had a chance to talk to Odom, who shared more information about the program, his hope to see it expand and its importance in preparing the hydro sector workforce of tomorrow.

Listen to the interview:


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