Alumni Spotlight: Karun Joseph

Karun Joseph (MS ’13) says his job feels like working for a start-up within the government.

Joseph is an energy systems engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver. He is part of the new concept incubator program and his job is to contribute to the development of new energy systems and services.

“We are a very small team…given the freedom to come up with new ideas and build test beds around them. Working at a national laboratory gives me the opportunity to work with the best talent and collaborate with industry and universities around the world.”

Joseph earned his Master’s degree in systems engineering under the direction of Assistant Professor Branko Kerkez.

“The idea of learning something new and beyond traditional civil engineering courses sounded very exciting,” Joseph says on what drew him to systems. “I was particularly impressed by the idea of a smart built environment made possible by new sensing technologies.”

Joseph says his student experience was interdisciplinary, which prepared him for his career.

“At the end of my degree program, I developed the ability to pick any new skill as the situation demanded with confidence. Being a systems engineer, my skills spanned civil, electrical and mechanical¬ engineering. With this unique combination of skillset, I was able to apply to a myriad of job types.”

Joseph’s advice to current students is: “Be ready to adapt to stay relevant in today’s world. With regard to job applications, I used social networking sites like LinkedIn a lot. And definitely, there will be Michigan alumni to help you every possible way. Go blue!”


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