My Hallam Story
Gabrielle Topalian


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Gabrielle Topalian | Electrical Designer

My story begins back in high school in Bedford, NY where my school offered Introduction to Engineering courses, sponsored by a company called Project Lead the Way. I enjoyed these classes so much, I knew I wanted to take what I had learned and continue with engineering in college. After much deliberation, I decided to attend North Carolina State University to pursue Electrical Engineering. Following my freshman year of college, my engineering teacher from high school helped me find my first technical internship at a firm called Curtis Instruments in Mount Kisco, NY. This was my first exposure to a real working environment where I was able to assist their engineering teams with a variety of projects and solidified my interest in becoming an engineer.

I graduated from NC State in December 2018 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and minor in Spanish. Throughout college I had three internships and an eight-month co-op with Siemens in their High Voltage Products division. One of my internships was in a Production and Calibration Lab where I learned the elements of product safety and the importance of following safety regulations, specifically for consumer electronics. During my search for a full time position I landed at Hallam ICS and found that the Arc Flash team incorporated power analysis with safety standards, which was something I really connected with. I have now settled in Raleigh, North Carolina to start full-time with the Arc Flash group and the experience has been great so far. I love being able to get out in the field and see a site in person and then bring the work back to the office to finish the report, it gives the best of both worlds. Everyone at Hallam ICS is so welcoming and helpful and I am very excited to start my career here!


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