January 30, 2019 - Michelle Hack, a vice president and project director for Sargent & Lundy’s electric grid infrastructure business, is included in Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest’s 2019 Class of Top Young Professionals. ENR’s annual Top 20 competition celebrates the excellence and accomplishments of outstanding young professionals working in the engineering, design, and construction industry. The winners are chosen by a panel of industry judges based on career experience, professional leadership, and commitment to the industry and local communities.
“I am extremely humbled to have simply been nominated for this recognition. Being included in ENR Midwest’s 2019 Top Young Professionals list is a prestigious honor,” said Hack. “I appreciate everyone who has been there for me, mentored me through challenging moments, and supported me.”
Hack has been instrumental in growing the firm’s presence in the renewable energy industry, working with and delivering key solutions in support of exciting changes to the power grid. She actively manages three large clients and is involved in more than 85 projects for other utility and renewable energy clients.
The portfolio of projects Hack has managed is especially notable for including more than a dozen battery storage facilities, one of which could be considered the world’s largest battery facility to date, and over 100 battery storage ISO applications. Hack is Sargent & Lundy’s internal process owner for all work related to battery storage projects. In this role, she develops and identifies new techniques to advance how battery storage work is handled and ensures the firm has the know-how to support this area of growing importance to clients.
Hack manages a team of more than 40 individuals, all dedicated to the same passion of solving challenging problems and providing clean energy designs. She is also an active contributor to the technical field in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
“Michelle’s passion for engineering and drive for excellence has contributed greatly to the rapid growth of her career,” said Warren Vahle, executive vice president and director of electric grid infrastructure services at Sargent & Lundy. “The impressive success of her projects is also fueled by her ability to foster strong relationships and trust with her engineering teams and client counterparts.”
Hack is also a leader and mentor for the firm’s local chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Her interest in contributing to the organization comes from a strong desire to support other women in developing personally satisfying engineering and project management careers. In her personal life she, along with her husband and children, volunteers for the University of Illinois Extension Office to teach beekeeping to students ranging in age from 8 to 18 in a 4H spin club.