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June 9, 2017

Meet the Interns: Jacob Parrish

Prairie State Generating Company is excited to welcome Jacob Parrish as a mining intern for the summer of 2017.


Parrish is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale in mining engineering. Parrish currently resides in Carbondale, Illinois, but is originally from Kingston Springs, Tennessee which is a small town just outside of Nashville.


This is Parrish’s first internship, but he has visited several mines and quarries to get a feel for what it is like to work underground.


“What appeals to me about Prairie State is the opportunity to get practical engineering experience,” he said. “After speaking with interns from previous years, they told me that this is a great place to work.”


At Prairie State, Parrish is working with the mine safety team and has helped out with the compliance team as well. He has already spent some time underground and spoke about finding a miner’s dollar while drilling in the mine.


In his leisure time, Parrish spends time canoeing, kayaking and hiking. He likes to read and play video games to unwind. He also loves to cook and said it is becoming one of his passions.


Following his internship at Prairie State, Parrish will start graduate school at the University of Nevada, Reno where he will continue to study mining. The university’s progress on mine ventilation is what draws Parrish to the program. He plans to write his thesis on air conditioning to help cool deep, hot metal mines in the American west and Canada.


TAGS: PSGC, PSGC INTERNSHIP, PRAIRIE STATE GENERATING COMPANY, MINE, MINING INTERN, JACOB PARRISH, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO

June 8, 2017

Meet the Interns: Kaylee Libbert

Prairie State Generating Company is excited to welcome Kaylee Libbert as an chemical engineering intern for the summer of 2017.


Libbert, a senior at the University of Missouri studying chemical engineering, has always had an interest in the power generation industry. In high school she wrote a paper on the Callaway Nuclear Generating Plant near her hometown in Ashland, Missouri. That paper earned her a scholarship to help pay her way through engineering school at Mizzou.


“That scholarship wasn’t huge, but it was enough to peak my interest in nuclear generation,” Libbert said. “Throughout my senior year I researched and wrote about nuclear power plants and why I think they’re an important generation resource. I’ve just always had an interest in the power industry.”


Libbert’s professors at Mizzou told her to focus less on the nuclear generation industry and more on the power generation industry so that her field of expertise would be more broad. That advice led her to major in chemical engineering instead of nuclear engineering and eventually an internship at Prairie State.


She said that in her brief period at PSGC, she has already learned vast amounts about the coal industry and coal fired power plants.


“When I found out about this internship, I was very excited to come to campus,” she said. “There is so much to learn. Everything is so big here. I love walking around in the plant and I’ve shadowed Julie Nguyen to see what she does on a daily basis. It’s so much fun.”


Libbert is relishing the opportunity to learn all about her new environment and doesn’t expect to stop learning about the plant by then end of her internship. While sitting at her desk, she’s been reading the manuals on some of the equipment within the plant to learn more about the finer details of how Prairie State’s facilities work.


In her free time, Libbert visits local lakes and rivers. She is on the Mizzou Waterski Team and jet skis as often as possible.


With one year left at Mizzou before graduation, Libbert has already started to think about her future including where she will end up working her first job. Libbert said that she could see herself starting her career as chemical engineer at Prairie State.


TAGS: KAYLEE LIBBERT, MIZZOU, PSGC, PSGC INTERNSHIP, ENGINEERING, ENGINEERING INTERN


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