2022 40 Under 40: Philip Gonski, PE, 37

Project Manager, Burns Engineering Inc.; MEng, Energy and Power Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

By Amara Rozgus, Chris Vavra, and Christina Miller May 16, 2022

As someone who grew up in a family of inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs, Gonski was raised to value curiosity, creativity, engineering knowledge and technical excellence. He now is a sought-after resource for those very same attributes by agencies and organizations around the world, regularly sharing his knowledge and technical acumen as an industry leader. He is often requested as a speaker for national-level industry associations and events, including IEEE, the International District Energy Association and Microgrid Knowledge. He brings specialized expertise to large-scale power generation, electrical resilience and power safety to projects around the world. While traveling, Gonski seeks authentic experiences and understanding of other cultures. From large, complex industrial cities to remote, rural villages, Gonski’s experiences provide global insights as well as human connections from around the world. These travels have given Gonski a unique perspective on communicating, collaborating and engaging people of many cultures and backgrounds in his role as an engineer and project manager. As a mentor and judge in elementary school STEM programs, such as the Delaware Valley Science Fair and Engineers’ Week “Future Cities” Competitions, Gonski engages with young people to stimulate their understanding of how engineering principles solve complex challenges. He finds it both personally rewarding and inspiring to see young people apply their creativity and to promote the field of engineering as a pathway for solving societal problems. He has advocated for improving America’s educational system as an IEEE delegate, discussing STEM initiatives with members of Congress. Gonski lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two young girls.