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National Engineers Week - Jerry Harness


Celebrating today’s achievements and creating a brighter and more diverse future in engineering

We're celebrating National Engineers Week Feb. 18-24, recognizing how engineers play a vital role in innovating solutions to global challenges that impact future generations.  

From our power plants and operations centers to regulatory teams and capital projects, engineers are an indispensable part of the Entergy team. Across the company, these professionals collaborate on a journey to make Entergy the premier utility.  

Meet Jerry Harness 

Jerry has over 16 years of experience in the electric utilities industry. He is a seasoned professional with a track record of successfully designing, implementing, and maintaining complex electrical systems. Jerry keeps up with emerging technologies and trends while maintaining a focus on safety, sustainability, and customer satisfaction. He is a senior member in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a volunteer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and the IEEE Houston Section. 

Currently, a senior engineer, Jerry has been with Entergy Texas for two years.  

Why did you choose to pursue engineering? 

I chose to pursue electrical engineering because my strongest interests as a child involved electrical devices in many different forms. Whether it was the family stereo, small musical keyboards, or old discarded PCs from the local schools; I was a tinkerer and always tried to figure out how stuff worked or how to fix them. My interest in engineering grew stronger in my high school physics class and by spending time helping a family friend who was a telecommunications electrician. 

What do you like most about engineering? 

Engineering is a field that is constantly evolving. I enjoy the many opportunities to continue to learn new technologies and methods of doing things. Along with applying my knowledge and skills in a profession that helps my community and society.   

Advice for anyone aspiring to be an engineer? 

Be curious. Always be ready to learn something new. Develop your ability to think outside the box. 

Kennedy Smith
Communications Specialist II