Scott Clausen Receives RMEL’s 2021 Emerging Leader Award

Scott Clausen, Project Engineer, Burns & McDonnell, is a recipient of RMEL’s 2021 Emerging Leader Award.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes and honors RMEL members who are high potentials in their company and have 5-10 years of experience in the industry, establishing significant contributions within their organization and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service in the electric utility industry.

Scott is someone who showcases exceptional project management skills, leadership and mentorship. He has taken action to build a training program for staff members, which includes technical trainings, EPC education, project financials and more. Scott always has the best interest of others at the forefront of his mind and understands the value of building a strong, unified team. He helped build a critical networking program for employee-owners, bringing together new professionals and creating opportunities for meaningful connections. Additionally, he goes above and beyond to serve as a mentor.

He is the project manager for the FirstEnergy substation design team, overseeing five multidiscipline engineers and drafters. He has completed 37 projects worth more than $4.1 million in revenue in the last three years. Within his role, Scott is responsible for seeing projects from conception to construction completion.

Seeing that there was a need in the Denver Transmission & Distribution Group Mentorship Program  when it comes to both technical and professional mentorship, Scott helped develop a divisionwide mentorship program. In its inaugural year of 2020, there were more than 100 participants with 96% saying they loved the program and would highly recommend it to others. The program consisted of pairing mentees with mentors in a topic of interest and facilitating discussions. Scott led the efforts to develop the program where he presented overall program objectives, solicited feedback and used the performance metrics to improve the program for 2021.

Scott leads all recruiting for interns and new grad electrical engineers within the substation department. In this role, he is responsible for reviewing candidate resumes and conducting the interview process, which includes prerecorded video interviews, in-person/virtual interviews and candidate selection. In the past three years, Scott has helped hire nine current full-time employees —including four former interns — and two upcoming interns.

For the last two years Scott has overseen the intern program for the Transmission & Distribution Group to coordinate interns between each department. He also helps to lead and facilitate weekly trainings for the substation department, presenting on a wide range of topics from technical trainings to project financials. Further, he leads classes for the drafting department including courses such as “Introduction to Electricity,” “Substation, Transmission and Distribution 101,” and “How to be a Designer.” Lastly, during bimonthly division meetings, Scott presents industry updates on important, new and recent articles to keep everyone informed.

Outside of work, Scott helps local STEM outreach by presenting at area high schools on the benefits and opportunities of a STEM career. By giving presentations and answering questions from students, Scott helps encourage and mentor the next generation of STEM leaders and professionals.

Twelve electric energy industry professionals from across the United States received the RMEL Emerging Leader Award:

Rebecca Afsar
Asset Management Civil Engineer, Western Area Power Administration
7 Years in the Industry
Civil Engineer in WAPA's Office of Asset Planning and Management where she is responsible for transmission line assets and the asset consequence scoring process.

Andrew Astudillo
Interim Senior
Manager, CPS Energy
8 Years in the Industry
Serves as Generation Duty Officer for the Power Generation team

Dave Bowen
Technology Innovation Manager, Ulteig
6 Years in the Industry
Technology Innovation Manager and member of the Power Technical Services business unit. Leads emerging technology efforts, including partnering with industry technology leaders, developing and testing new technology applications.

Scott Clausen
Project Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
6 Years in the Industry
Project manager for the FirstEnergy substation design team, overseeing five multidiscipline engineers and drafters. He has completed 37 projects worth more than $4.1 million in revenue in the last three years.

Michael Eugenis
Supervisor, System Protection, Arizona Public Service
6 Years in the Industry
Supervisor of System Protection Engineering group which is tasked with engineering protective relay settings throughout APS's Transmission and Sub-transmission systems. He also is responsible for ensuring Regulatory compliance with multiple NERC requirements.

John Hansen
Transmission Maintenance Field Support Supervisor, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association
7 Years in the Industry
Manages a team of technical support specialists that works closely with transmission maintenance management helping to develop, maintain and improve standard field operations and maintenance practices

Kaitlyn Honey
Manager, Equipment & System Analytics, Xcel Energy
9 Years in the Industry
Responsible for leading a team of engineers to implement transformational change across the organization through standard and optimized maintenance practices, expansion of condition based maintenance, and integration of advanced analytics into business processes to optimize risk versus cost across power generation facilities.

Luke Karels
Power Delivery Project Manager Department Manager, Stanley Consultants
9 Years in the Industry
Manages 11 of the firm’s top power delivery senior project/program managers. Part of Stanley Consultants’ new Project Management Center of Excellence (PMCE).

Jenny Jones
Senior Environmental Analyst, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.
9 Years in the Industry
Acting supervisor of the Land and Water Resources Team. Her tenure as AECI started as a college intern and progressed to be a Senior Environmental Analyst.

Nicholas Miller
Engineering Supervisor, Colorado Springs Utilities
9 Years in the Industry
Supervisor of the Performance and Reliability Unit within the Operating Engineering Group of the Energy Supply Department of Colorado Springs Utilities.

Bradley Palu
Corporate Safety Manager, Nebraska Public Power District
8 Years in the Industry
Provides strategic direction, leadership, and oversight to ensure NPPD achieves continuous improvement in all aspects of safety as measured by industry benchmarks.

Lukas Rowland
Electrical Engineer, HDR
8 Years in the Industry
Lead project engineer or project manager on a wide variety of battery storage projects ranging from 500 kilowatts to 100 megawatts.

The Emerging Leader Awards Program began in 2014 as an RMEL Board of Directors initiative to recognize the future generation of leaders who are already making an impact. To date, 62 individuals have been selected.

Congratulations to all 2021 RMEL Emerging Leader Award Winners, and thank you for your dedication to the electric energy industry.

The Nomination Form for the 2022 Emerging Leader Award will be available later this Fall. The Emerging Leader Award goes beyond the award with numerous networking and professional development opportunities provided for recipients throughout the year, and we encourage you to start thinking about who you’d like to nominate for 2022.

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About RMEL:

RMEL ( is a not-for-profit energy trade association that has served the electric utility industry with a variety of education and networking services since 1903. RMEL’s mission is: Preparing the electric energy industry for the future through education and networking. Once known as the Rocky Mountain Electrical League, the association officially became RMEL in the 1990s to better reflect a membership base that spans the entire country.