STEM Professional of the week

Alicia Lopez      
Southern California Edison

Alicia Lopez was destined to be an engineer. As a child she would take everyday objects such as an iron, and take them apart. Alicia's mother grew accustomed to her curiosity but was more impressed with her daughter’s ability to put these items back together in working order. By middle school, Alicia had demonstrated interest and aptitude in math and science and it was also the moment she discovered her career path would be in engineering. 

With the support of her mother, Alicia began her journey to higher education after graduating from high school. She enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles, where after much hard work and self-discipline, she earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. 

Her professional career began with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Technical as an Assistant Engineer for the Support Services Section. After a few years with the company, Alicia decided to pivot and apply her engineering skills to Southern California Edison’s Transmission and Distribution Business Unit as an Apparatus Engineer.

Today, Alicia manages a team at the Transmission Program Management Office, where she is responsible for the capital maintenance programs in the Transmission Organization.  Her responsibilities also include managing a team responsible for a budget of approximately $210M.  Previously, she has held positions such as Manager of the Northwest Division of Distribution System Planning, Technical Project Manager for the Devers-Palo Verde 500kV transmission line project, Manager of Substation Engineering for Southern California Edison, and Engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Technical Support Service Section.

Alicia has been commended as  an outstanding engineer and a role model for young women aiming for careers in STEM. She is a strong believer in always giving back to the community. She has hosted a number of events in Leadership Conferences and fostered a great working relationship between students and industry by effectively pairing engineering professionals to work with students in enhancing their repertoire. Alicia has also served as SCE Advisory Board Co-Chair for the California State University, Los Angeles Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Program; Chair of the Metropolitan Los Angeles Section, Power and Energy Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Secretary for the Los Angeles Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She is currently in the advisory committee for Women in Engineering at SCE and continues to mentor young engineers in career development. 

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