Welcome to the Journey
Fall 2020

"Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable"

A Grand Challenge Class at the University of Minnesota


Explore this page to follow along with the Fall 2020 student travelers in our Class Travel Journal Story Map as they explore the electric grid, create GIS story maps of Minnesota Power Histories and Minnesota Power Futures, and present their work in Bell Museum events.

This Story Map follows the journey that the course takes to the Bell Museum, then to different sites of Minnesota's electric grid and then following the power lines, back to the Bell Museum. Click on the image below to explore the journey and see student sketches and reflections along the way!

Meet the Student Travelers

We have an exciting group of students this fall!
To learn more about them and see what they have been exploring, check out their Personal Travel Journals by clicking on their image--(except where noted).

Mohammed Al Kindi

chemical engineering, chemistry, horse riding. loves Arabic poetry

Al-Mandhar Al-Mairiki

electrical engineering, solar and wind energy, adventurer

Mohanned Almadani

electrical engineering, soccer, traveling, music

Benjamin Alva

biomedical engineering, chemistry, space industrialization, Eagle Scout

Adam Cahn

chemistry, electric guitar, foreign languages, music

Beka Deme

electrical engineering, soccer, walking, biking, watching movies

Trinity Ek

urbanism, sustainability, policy, connectedness

Zhiming Feng

computer engineering, diving, climbing, computer games

Zoe Foster

systems engineering, writing, music, animation, history

Samuel Hanson

electrical engineering, traveling, electronics enthusiast


math, physics, camping, hiking, traveling (Journal Not Available)

Mohamed Mohamed

electrical engineering, mystery novels, sports, coin collector

Nicole Peterson

biosystems engineering, reading, camping, biking

Amera Poppen

computer engineering, biking, swimming, doing puzzles

George Thao

electrical engineering, hip-hop dance, t-shirt and sticker business owner

Jack Zwettler

electrical engineering, physics, energy storage, renewables

Explore student projects below:

MN Power Histories, MN Power Futures, and presentations for the Bell Museum.

(This year's is coming in December. Click to view prior year's projects)

Bell Museum Events
(To be Announced)

Acknowledgements and Contacts:


Jonee Kulman Brigham, AIA, LEED AP O+M, Senior Research Fellow, Minnesota Design Center, College of Design, University of Minnesota, kulma002@umn.edu

Paul Imbertson, Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, imberts@umn.edu

Fall 2020 Teaching Assistants: Neva Hubbert, Melissa Linville

Thank you to course partners and collaborators, especially the Bell Museum of Natural History which served as an interpretive hub of the journey through the electric grid. And Thank you to the wonderful students, explorer-heros of our Power Systems Journey.

Banner Photo: Photo by Steven Su on Unsplash