The folks who keep our lights on and gas flowing are some of the hardest-working and innovative problem solvers in the world. In each issue, we spotlight one of our peers who go above and beyond to inspire excellence and help others within our industry.
At Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), Frank Lawson gathers a variety of perspectives in his approach to utility operations.
As systems engineering supervisor, Frank’s overarching concern is ensuring that the utility is spending its resources where appropriate. His open communication style, demeanor and willingness to ask difficult and sometimes uncomfortable questions produce results that have made him a valuable part of the EWEB team.
His ability to communicate with field staff, engineering and utility management in the languages that they each understand makes our
“Frank has taken process improvement initiatives as a personal challenge in improving the culture at EWEB,” said Roger Kline, EWEB’s enterprise risk and internal controls manager. “His ability to communicate with field staff, engineering and utility management in the languages that they each understand makes our work easier. It really speaks to the values of our organization. That attitude helps everyone come to the right solutions and improvements.”
Frank’s insight into both everyday work and long-term departmental goals, combined with his inquisitive learning style, have been valuable in evaluating large capital investments in electric infrastructure, and in supporting the finance and accounting functions in developing budgets and associated rate actions. Taking direct interest in the people he works with may seem like an obvious approach, but the continued commitment to helping evolve the culture of a more than 100-year-old municipal utility isn’t a rapid process.
Frank is a graduate of Oregon State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering. He is a member of the National Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
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