August 23, 2007Her job: President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
Describe what you do in your current work situation?
I provide consulting services to electric utilities and serve as an expert witness. I testify in regulatory processes to help electric utilities get power plants licensed and to help them adjust their rates to recover their costs.
Why did you choose engineering?
Because I love math and I love solving problems and puzzles and finding creative and meaningful solutions.
Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
University of Virginia, B.S., Applied Mathematics, minor in Electrical Engineering. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, M.B.A. Licensed Professional Engineer, Colorado
What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
During my career, I have run computer models that simulate the operation of all of the power plants on an electric utility’s system now and in the future to determine how to operate the existing power plants, when new power plants will be needed, and what type of fuel should be used for those new power plants.
Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
I am proud to have been associated with power plants that are in operation today. I am also very proud to have been elected to serve as an outside director on the board of Georgia Transmission Corporation.
What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
The biggest challenge has been often being the only woman and learning to deal with that with a very big sense of humor.
Please tell us a little about your family.
I am the oldest of 4 children. My sister is a PhD research scientist. Both of my brothers are trained as engineers. My father was a PhD engineer. My husband and I live in Colorado with our vegetarian cat, Robbie.
What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
To perform meaningful work and satisfy the needs of my clients
What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
Go for it! Sure it is work but everything in life worth doing is worth working for.
Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
For fun, I play tennis and do needlework. I also nominate technical women for national awards. Go to www.greatwomen.org and look up Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Dr. Virginia Apgar, Sheila Widnall, Eleanor Baum, Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Chien-Shiung Wu, Gerty Cori, and Harriet Strong. I nominated them all!