Five Questions is series about MISO employees – the men and women who empower our success every day. Meet Matthew Bellott, senior engineer, Model Engineering, Little Rock, Arkansas.
What is your role at MISO?
I’m a senior model engineer, which means I help develop the electrical model used by MISO’s energy management system. I’m based in Little Rock and work on the model that serves the Entergy footprint. The model is a tool used by our Operations team every day to help keep the power grid reliable. You can kind of think of the engineering model as a roadmap for the power system. We work to keep our models updated and accurate to ensure power flows where it needs to go – efficiently and reliably.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy owning my part of the model. It’s my responsibility – and I take a lot of pleasure in working with customers to make their jobs easier through the product I help deliver. It’s very satisfying to help meet the needs of our customers and to have a role in providing reliable energy that powers our lives. I also enjoy the ability to be innovative in my job. My manager encourages the team to find new solutions and opportunities to improve how we manage and deliver our work.
What prepared you for success?
It’s really a combination of things. Mom and Dad really encouraged me growing up. They saw I had an aptitude for math and science, and they helped me pursue an engineering degree at Louisiana Tech (Go Bulldogs!). I have learned over the years to soak up all the knowledge I can from colleagues and mentors in the business. That’s been another key to success for me.
Who inspires you?
First and foremost, my Christian faith is my personal guidepost and the ultimate inspiration for who I want to be as a person. My wife Shana and my 2-year-old daughter Kenlea inspire me to be the best person I can every day. They inspire me to first show kindness and patience, even when it’s not easy.
My mom and dad have always inspired me. They taught me that it doesn’t matter what task is before you, do it to the best of your ability. I try to live that advice as much as I can. I grew up helping my dad in the oil fields. I remember one time when I was trying to hurry up on a job so I could leave for a big date. We had a shipment to get out, but all I could think about was getting my check and hitting the door. Dad looked me in the eye and said, “You’ll get your check when you get the job done and done right.” That is part of the creed he taught me.
What’s your favorite hobby?
Anything with family. I love my free time with my daughter, Kenlea. Kids grow up so fast, I want to spend as much time with her as possible while she’s little. Believe it or not, I also enjoy yard work. It helps relax the mind from the complexities of work. Family, church and occasionally some football are all part of a typical weekend.