We are pleased to announce the recent addition of Lauren Mattar to the NextEnergy team. Lauren will join the organization as a technical program manager focused on mobility. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a project manager for several years in both the transportation and building products sectors. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University, a Master of Engineering Management from Pennsylvania State University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute.
Your background includes experience working in operations and manufacturing. What drew you to this work?
The manufacturing space has always interested me. I have a natural curiosity about how things are made and a drive for continuous improvement. How can we remove inefficiencies in this process or do something better? I believe that mentality translates well to the energy space, as we are working to develop and grow solutions that are better than what we have done in the past.
How did you find your way to working in energy?
Each of my experiences have been steps on the path that led me to this role. I started working in the automotive industry at a supplier that was developing connectors for electric and autonomous vehicles. During my masters program, my capstone project focused on ways to minimize the barriers to entry for the electric vehicle space. In my last role, I joined a team responsible for capturing the company’s carbon footprint and working to set reduction targets. For me, joining the team at NextEnergy is the culmination of those various experiences into an exciting opportunity to help make steps toward a clean future.
What are you most looking forward to in your role at NextEnergy?
This role at NextEnergy combines my foundation of continuous improvement and engineering, experience in project management, and passion for sustainability. I have always had a personal interest in sustainability and am excited to be able to support projects that can scale to have an even greater impact on people and communities. It excites me to be working with a group that is focused on creating clean, smart, sustainable, and inclusive energy and mobility solutions.
What are the most interesting developments that you see happening in the mobility space these days?
There are a lot of great innovations happening in the mobility space. Two things that I’ve had my eye on recently are:
- The expansion of mobility as a service (MaaS). One great example is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which recently announced a comprehensive MaaS project that combines the local transit system with car-, bike-, and scooter-sharing services within a single app to create a simplified, multimodal mobility solution for residents. A successful implementation like this can help create more accessibility by removing the need for ownership.
- The continued development and expansion of autonomous solutions across the entirety of the mobility space. I am particularly excited to see how autonomous solutions can help improve supply chains and transform last-mile delivery.
If you’re interested in learning more about Lauren and her programs here at NextEnergy, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.