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Hawaiian native Gabriel “Gabe” Chong ’08 always knew he would choose a college near his brother, who was four years older than him and attended and graduated from Lehigh University. So it was no surprise to Chong’s parents when he found Elizabethtown College.
“I liked the smaller campus feel with more intimate class sizes and being able to speak with my professors after class,”
For four years, Gabe immersed himself in the engineering curriculum, specifically electrical engineering. It was, however, a professor who inspired his passion for renewable energy.
“I give full credit to the College for where I am right now in my career,” said Gabe. “I had a professor who was always saying ‘you’ve got to start working on renewable energy projects.’ I would not be working in this career without that guy.”
More than 10 years later, Gabe is working in the renewable energy field as a solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage engineer for Johnson Controls, Inc., in Hawaii. He manages large scale solar and energy storage projects at facilities like the Honolulu International Airport and colleges and community colleges across
“With renewable energy projects, you make people happy,” Gabe said. “There are positive financial, environmental and social impacts.”
As an alumni scholars-in-residence program honoree, Gabe also shares his expertise with E-town students traveling back to campus, as recently as this past spring, to provide guidance to students looking to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
“I like to pay it forward, and help people have someone to talk with and ask advice,” said Gabe. “It’s a very meaningful thing for me to do.”
Gabe cherishes the memories made during his time at E-town and likes to reminisce when he’s back on campus. He still keeps in touch with four classmates who have now become his closest friends, and, most importantly he met his wife, Arianna (Tan) ’08, at E-town.
Arianna works as an environmental scientist. The two call Kaneohe, Hawaii home and fill their off-time with trips to the beach and walks with their five dogs.
As the renewable energy enthusiast continues to grow in his field, he’s thankful for the place where he built his foundation both professionally and personally.
“The relationships that I made at E-town were the icing on the cake,”