Burns & McDonnell
Amanda Olson is Engineering Director, Transmission & Distribution Group, at Burns & McDonnell.
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PUF's Steve Mitnick: You're engineering director for the Transmission & Distribution group at Burns & McDonnell. What do you do?
Amanda Olson: I came into this role in January. It's a new role within our organization in Kansas City and I'm the first in it, which is slightly intimidating.
As engineering director, I'm responsible for overseeing the support and development of our people technically and making sure we have the design tools and resources to effectively engineer projects for our clients.
What led me to this role was not necessarily everything I did within my official positions up to this point, but all of the side gigs I find myself taking on along the way.
I'm extremely involved with CIGRÉ. It's an organization much like IEEE but concentrates on providing technical brochures and is internationally focused. It has a Next Generation Network group geared toward bringing a more diverse pool of participants to CIGRÉ.