As Donovan looks back at his time at UNC Charlotte, he has advice for those beginning their educational journey in engineering. "My biggest piece of advice would be to do your research and keep an open mind; there are ample opportunities to work in the energy field, from contract work to actual power generation," stated Donovan. "Charlotte is a hub for the energy sector, but there are opportunities on an international scale. The options are limitless." Donovan added, "Get advice from professors and advisers, they’re more than willing to help."
If he could do it all again, Donovan stated, " I would try and be more involved in the events and workshops offered by EPIC, the University, and even student orga
nizations. I really didn’t become active until my senior year, and maybe I would be more knowledgeable and social if I had." One of his biggest challenges as a student was learning to trust in his own abilities and listen to his instincts; whether it be school work or professional projects, he had to put doubt aside and believe that he was ready for whatever would be placed in front of him.