Clinton Johnson, a senior from Poteau, Oklahoma, is currently an electrical engineering major who is involved all around campus. He is the Sigma Nu chaplain, a third-year Resident Assistant, and a band member in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry praise band. In his spare time he likes to play or listen to music. After finishing his electrical engineering degree, he would like to attend seminary; his life goal is to use his engineering background in the mission field.
In addition to all his academic and extracurricular activities, Clint is also working on his senior electrical engineering project. Every engineering student is required to complete a project, the goal of which is to give students practical experience in the engineering field. Students are expected to design, build, test, and implement their projects by themselves using skills they have developed over the previous three years. These projects also have to be useful and original.
Clint’s project plan is to build a wind turbine to display on the UA Fort Smith campus, both for the experience of creating and building the wind turbine, and for educating other students on alternate energy sources. He hopes students will see the turbine and understand that the structures are not that complicated and not that groundbreaking.
The unique thing about Clint’s plan is the USB port he will place on the turbine. The turbine will only be big enough to generate enough electricity to charge a cell phone or an Ipod; however, it will be big enough to make a statement to the campus. The enterprising engineer-to-be is not sure where the turbine will be located, but everyone should be looking for it in the spring semester. Just look up.