In this episode, I talk with Alexandra Lee, P.E., staff civil engineer at Burns & McDonnell, about her unique approach to engineering design, particularly in balancing traditional methods with innovative solutions in transmission and utility projects.
***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.***
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Alexandra:
- When did your initial exposure to transmission engineering occur, and what specifically ignited your interest in this field?
- What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of transmission engineering that you’ve encountered?
- Can you share details about the clients you work with within the transmission field, including their needs and expectations, especially for those who may not be familiar with transmission?
- Can you share which projects you’ve found particularly fulfilling or enjoyable among the ones you’ve worked on so far, and elaborate on the different types of projects that stand out to you?
- Do you consider the primary distinction between traditional transmission utility projects and renewables to be the schedule or timeline?
- How would you characterize the companies that provide our home gas and electric services, considering they’re private entities but with a unique characterization?
- How do you maintain a fresh and innovative design approach in a field often perceived as rigid and traditional?
- Considering your background in natural resources and environmental sciences, how do you incorporate environmental considerations into your current projects?
- What advice would you offer young engineers aspiring to maintain a creative approach in their careers, especially in the highly technical and often rigid field of engineering?