2023 40 Under 40: Laura Maddux, PE, 39
Electrical Department Facilitator, Affiliated Engineers Inc.; BS, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Maddux is an electrical engineer who contributes to designs, performs condition assessments and completes inspections of complex electrical, lighting and fire alarm systems. Specializing in the design of low- and medium-voltage distribution, she is well-versed in electrical power systems, including emergency power, uninterrupted power sources, lighting and fire alarm. Her project work encompasses markets such as health care, science and technology with an emphasis on laboratories, higher education and government. With a love for math and passion for understanding how things work, Maddux knew she wanted to be an engineer from a young age. Her interest in circuits and electricity made electrical engineering a natural fit. After she graduated from Texas A&M University, she started off managing smaller-scale health care projects. After joining AEI, she quickly adapted to large-scale projects and technical complexity found across the globe — Europe, Middle East, United States and beyond — and all the different voltages, power distribution systems and codes that come with it. Clients, architects and other engineers respond positively to her leadership, demonstrated by her growth into a lead engineer role, where she is the main point of contact for clients. In the AEI Houston office, she serves as department facilitator, where she manages employee workload, project staffing, mentoring and performing employee reviews. When not at work, she helps one of her four sons with beekeeping, including honey harvesting. She and her children love to travel and have been to all 50 states.