SRP’s first female electrical engineer, Louisa Simmons holds a special place in our history. This trailblazing woman was a pioneer in what we now call a STEM-focused career path.
In 1947, SRP hired Simmons as the first woman in the Engineering Department. Simmons’ job was to study numbers and do planning work for SRP. She was the only woman at SRP with a degree in electrical engineering at the time.
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While in the Engineering Department, Simmons worked with F.L. Roe to co-publish a paper titled “Local Conditions Affecting Loading Standard 55°C Transformers,” which was also presented at a convention put on by the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
In order to raise her children, she left SRP in 1955. Previously known as Louisa Simmons, she returned to SRP as Louisa Cook in 1962. She worked in the System Planning Division of District Engineering.
Today, we recognize Simmons’ breakthrough career as an important moment for women in what has been a largely male-dominated industry.
Supporting women, like Louisa Simmons, in their career paths
Although SRP has a strong legacy of supporting women in trailblazing leadership roles, there is still much work to be done industrywide.
That is to say, SRP is stepping up to the plate to deal with this challenge. We are proud to offer leadership training, two Employee Interest Groups devoted to women and a strong mentorship program.
In fact, if you are looking for opportunities at SRP, be sure to visit srpnet.com/careers.