Kristen Sanderson

Kristen A Sanderson

Systems Engineer
GE Energy Management
Kristen Sanderson
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As a Consulting Engineer at GE, I work across internal, external, and customer organizations to design, build and deploy Smart Grid software solutions worldwide that control and optimize the power grid. Over my 20 plus year career, I have held technical and managerial roles that have grown from hands-on to leadership in a globally distributed organization.

I have a BS in Computer Science with a Math minor from Auburn University.
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Answers by Kristen A Sanderson

As an engineer in a global company, I can say that I hire people from all over the world and your situation would not present a problem.  What might matter, depending on your specific field, is whether you need any local certifications (like PE) to work in the area you choose.  I imagine the answer to this could vary from company to company.  I wish you well and good luck!

I am so glad you are interested in this field! System engineering looks across all of the parts of a system and figures out how to put them together. It's very much like solving a puzzle. As a System Engineer, I help design how the pieces should fit together and then I work with all of the different people involved in the project to make sure things come togther correctly. I work with Energy - building software systems manage distribution of electricity to your home. To do this, I help get information to the right systems so that we can make the power flow better, solve outages, and keep the power grid stable. There are a lot of different problems to solve in my job that require system engineering skills. I draw a lot of pictures on my computer to help people understand the issues and the solutions. I talk to a lot of different people both within my company and also at my customer sites to do my job effectively. I hope this has helped you understand more about what I do. Please let me know if you have more questions I can answer for you. Kristen