Megan Truman

Business Development Manager
Transmission & Distribution

The movement to reduce carbon emissions is accelerating electrification around the world. Industries are turning to leaders like Megan Truman to convert plans for a zero-emission vehicle future into reality.

Successfully developing the appropriate electrical infrastructure to support the dramatic transition to electrification depends on a deep understanding of industry needs and new operational models. Specializing in electric vehicle infrastructure, facility power distribution and utility coordination, Megan is helping lead the charge. As a business development manager for transportation electrification, she serves on a team offering comprehensive fleet electrification planning services, from advanced route analysis to grid impact studies to design and construction of charging infrastructure.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I used to jump rope on a pogo stick on my elementary school jump rope team.

What inspired you to pursue your career?

During my senior year of high school, I studied the energy efficiency of a local nonprofit's building for a research project. Going into my study, I thought putting solar panels on the roof would help reduce their monthly electricity costs, but I soon realized that renovating the building with more efficient lighting and air conditioning would be a better investment in the long run. I wanted to find a career where I could use my engineering degree to have an impact on the world around me and Burns & McDonnell was the perfect fit.

What’s the coolest part of your job?

I get pulled into discussions with some pretty cool clients who are looking to electrify their operations: major airports, delivery giants, autonomous taxis, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) startups, you name it. I met someone from New Zealand looking to electrify his fleet at a conference once. That would have been a GREAT site visit.

What excites you most when you look at the future of infrastructure?

There's a generation of students coming up with a passion for having a positive impact on the environment and the world. There's also a huge need for people to impact the future of infrastructure. I'm excited for the new workforce entering Burns & Mac and the industry, but also feel a responsibility to make sure they are given the training and mentorship they need to succeed in an increasingly complex world.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Find the things you are good at and use them to make the greatest positive impact possible. Be aware of your weaknesses, but don't let them distract you from doing what you are capable of. Surround yourself with a team you trust who can fill in the areas you lack.


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