Frances Bell

Oakland, CA, US
Field of Work 
Smart Wire Grid, Inc.
Job Title or "Student" 
Power Systems Engineer
Smith College and Tufts University
Electrical Power Systems Engineering
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
I am a Power Systems Engineer working in the smart grid technology development.

ADVICE: While growing up, I was lucky enough to have strong role models of women with careers in the sciences. For any young girl interested in going into a STEM professions, I strongly recommend finding role models to help guide and provide a positive example. I have found that most people want to help so reach out to those you admire and find out more about their career and the advice they would give you.

WHY I AM IN STEM: I chose to go into engineering because math and science provides tools that describe and explain the world. With those tools, you can use them in new ways to make positive change by providing solutions to today's societal and technological problems. In my career, I have chosen to work in making our energy system more efficient and accessible to all.

MY STORY: I attended a women's college, Smith College, for my undergraduate degree in Engineering Science where I concentrated in Electrical Engineering. It was a positive environment in which I was surrounded by smart, hard working classmates and supportive professors. After graduation, I worked for four years at Bechtel Inc. in Oakland, CA developing the electrical system in a plant that sustainably reprocesses nuclear waste for safe storage. While working, I started a non-profit called Future Scientist that sustainably addresses the needs of developing communities through engineering projects and education. In 2011, I decided to go back to graduate school to redirect my career into electrical energy development for the smart grid. So, now I am working with a start-up company in the San Francisco bay area that is aiming at developing a more efficient electrical grid.

Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Job shadow, Online role model
Evenings, Weekends
Program Affiliation 
Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program Alumnae

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