Meet Amanda and Justin!

It’s Day 2 of National Engineer’s week – today we’re profiling Amanda, from the gas side of our business, and Justin, from Product Energy Services.

Amanda-Santangelo

Amanda Santangelo

Meet Amanda Santangelo!

What’s your title at National Grid and what do you do?
I’m a senior engineer in the Long Term Planning group of Gas Asset Management. I develop, analyze and run simulation models on the gas system and develop the system reinforcement program.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised on Long Island.

What’s the project you feel the most proud working on here at National Grid?
The Northern Queens Gas Transmission and Distribution Project, which is currently under construction. I helped develop and design this very large project which will greatly improve reliability to our gas customers in the Northern Queens portion of our service territory.

Who or what was your biggest influence to become an engineer?
I took a pre-engineering class in High School and my teacher really challenged me to think differently. If it weren’t for his guidance, I don’t think I would have seriously considered engineering.

If you could write a book about an engineering topic – what would it be about?
I’d write a book about aerodynamics because I find it fascinating.

If engineers were a type of animal – what type of animal would they be and why?
Hmm…I guess beavers. Their dam construction is very intricate and meticulous, and is essential for their survival.

If someone gave you a deserted island – what’s the first thing you would build on it?
Some type of water purification system.

What is something you think will become obsolete in 10 years as a result of engineering advances?
I think traditional manufacturing processes will become obsolete as a result of engineering advances with 3D printing.

Describe a word beginning with the first letter of your name that sums you up?
Awesome?? Just kidding! I guess analytical best sums me up.

What’s the best thing about being an engineer at National Grid?
While we have set goal and tasks, we’re still encouraged to be creative and find new ways to meet them.

Justin Woodard

Justin Woodard

Meet Justin Woodard!

What’s your title at National Grid and what do you do?
Lead Engineer in our new products and energy services group. I help develop and pilot emerging technology for the company.

Where are you from?
Originally Western MA now Central MA (Sutton).

What’s the project you feel the most proud working on here at National Grid?
Day job would be our company owned solar initiative or Storm duty (dispatching crews).

Who or what was your biggest influence to become an engineer?
FIRST robotics was the key to sparking my interest to become and engineer when I was at my vocational high school (www.usfirst.org).

If you could write a book about an engineering topic – what would it be about?
The Art of Practical Engineering – too often we chose an easy but cumbersome solution when additional thought makes for an elegant solution providing better value

If engineers were a type of animal – what type of animal would they be and why?
Elephant. You can get a lot done with them and without engineers you might not find it in the room.

If someone gave you a deserted island – what’s the first thing you would build on it?
Nothing it was deserted and free for a reason.

What is something you think will become obsolete in 10 years as a result of engineering advances?
Desktop Computers

Describe a word beginning with the first letter of your name that sums you up?
J… Jackpot (go Google).

What’s the best thing about being an engineer at National Grid?
The opportunity to work with many other respected engineers and professionals.

2 Comments

Kathy Hill

I am loving all of these engineer profiles and reading their interesting responses to the beyond-the-ordinary interview questions. Thank you to all our engineers! And special kudos to an engineer, or anyone for that matter, who’d choose to leave a deserted island just as it is!

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John-Paul Warner

We have so many amazingly talented and committed people at National Grid so it’s always great to hear more about them.

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