Name: Mary Anne Kirgan
Title: Owner/President of Systems 4 Inc.
Educational Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Wellesley College
Professional Credentials/Accreditations: Forty-Three Years of Training Classes and Certifications, Including Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Architecture, Engineering, and Applications; Andover Controls Programming Certifications for All Product Lines; Modicon 484 and 584 Programming; and Trane Training Classes on Pneumatics Basics: Design and Repair.
Organizational Affiliations/Achievements/Awards: Entered and Won Two Design-Build Competitions, the First Was the 1993 National Capital Area Energy Conservation Competition Sponsored By Several Area Utilities and Association Chapters, and the Second was the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) Demand Response and Building Automation Grant Program in 2016. The Competitions Included Cash Performance Awards of $1.1 Million for Our Two Clients. Additionally, the Resulting Energy Savings on These Two Projects Each Showed a Simple Payback in Less than Two-and-a-Half Years and Increased Net Operating Income (NOI) By $722,000. Thus, the Energy Savings Enhancements Alone Increased the Value of the Two Buildings, Collectively, By More than $12 Million.
What caused you to/when did you fall in love with engineering?
What has been the most rewarding aspect of working in the skilled trades?
Describe the proudest moment in your career.
What challenges do women face in this profession? Can you give a personal example? Why aren’t there more women in engineering? How can we increase the number of women in engineering?
What does your day-to-day job entail?
What drives/motivates you every day?
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted you personally and professionally?
What remains on your engineering bucket list — what do you aspire to do that you haven’t accomplished yet?
What’s one thing no one knows about you?
List any mentors who’ve helped you succeed and describe exactly how they’ve shaped your success.
What advice do you have for prospective female engineers considering entering the field?