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