2023 40 Under 40: William McGugan, 33

Electrical Engineer, CDM Smith; ME, Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic University

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 15, 2023
Courtesy: CFE Media

A specialist in the design, testing and analysis of electric power systems for a wide variety of clients, McGugan originally joined CDM Smith in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, office. In 2019, he transferred to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has been since. McGugan’s time at CDM Smith has been split between power systems analyses and design/construction services. Clients include small wastewater pumping stations, large industrial complexes and military bases in the U.S. and overseas. As a power systems analyst, McGugan has led and performed projects that include the standard components of an arc flash study as well as harmonic studies, transfer timing studies, load flow studies and reliability studies. He has furthered the power systems practice within the electrical engineering discipline by mentoring junior engineers, writing articles, giving presentations to clients and staff, starting a power systems analysis subcommittee and co-leading internal standards development efforts. One of the most challenging power systems analyses McGugan led was for Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, which is the largest naval base in the world. This project was challenging due to its size, combination of different types and ages of electrical systems and overall complexity. McGugan is also a member of IEEE and has served on the P1459 Working Group. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. The family enjoys spending time together outdoors, especially by hiking in the foothills and mountains of North Carolina, swimming at the beach and kayaking or canoeing, most commonly on the Lumber River. He also enjoys the challenge of woodworking. One of his professional goals: to work in Antarctica.