Miles Waldron is an Electrical Engineer with the Southwestern Division’s Operations and Regulatory Branch. He started working for the Corps in 1987. Before working for SWD he worked in the Mobile District as an Operations Project Manager, overseeing Carters Lake, and in the Little Rock District as a Hydropower Superintendent over Bull Shoals and Norfork powerhouses.
A 1983 graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2009. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas.
Away from work he enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including nature conservation and hunting.
Waldron’s day-to-day tasks include monitoring Southwestern Division’s 18 hydroelectric powerhouses, providing technical assistance, and communicating with power customers.
Here are a few questions Waldron answered to highlight Engineer Week, STEM degrees and his career.
Q. Why did you choose to pursue an engineering degree?
A. I excelled at science and math in secondary school and always had a curiosity about how machines or electronics worked. My engineering classes during college taught me how to analyze the engineering design process and learn more about it. I liked the methodical approach to problem solving.
Q. How do engineers make a difference in our world?
A. Engineers take theoretical science and make it applicable to our life needs. Look around, you can see engineering everywhere. Hydropower plants, dams, airplanes and even cell phones were designed by engineers.
Q. What advice would you share with teenagers about choosing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related career?
A. This is a very rewarding career that can be used in many businesses or service areas. The jobs you get with STEM degrees usually offer some of the best training, competitive salaries, and good growth opportunities. Another bonus to getting a STEM degree is you can get a job almost anywhere. Pretty much everywhere you look there is an opportunity for an engineer to be successful.
Q. What has been your most memorable USACE project, program or job?
A. Being the Chief of Hydropower at Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes. There are so many good folks up there and the area is beautiful. The job was great because it crossed so many of the Corps business lines including flood control, hydropower, recreation, environmental and water supply.