“Engineering without boundaries —the only constant is the continual pursuit of the next big thing.” Barbara “BB” Dunlap has had the opportunity to operate in many professional positions that represents a broad spectrum. Currently directing program activities for the Coop and Internship Program at American Electric Power (AEP) for the Transmission Division, she is responsible for building a pipeline of talent focused on the newest generation of engineers while simultaneously leading efforts centered around Diversity and Inclusion. Through on-campus engagements with organizations like IEEE, NSBE, SWE, SHPE, and SASE, BB is tasked with strengthening strategic relationships, developing retention strategies, and expanding engagement programs at the high school and collegiate level for workforce development and career readiness.
Why the Transportation and Infrastructure Special Interest Group? For eleven years, BB served as the single point of contact for all electric public relocation projects throughout the AEP footprint. As part of the Transmission Line business unit, her work focused on the engineering analysis, construction, planning, and structural and foundation design of energy delivery and transportation. Additionally, she was responsible for all the coordination and management of special projects for Ohio, Indiana, and the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and a MBA with a focus on Leadership. As an industry professional, she has served on several executive boards in many capacities with organizations such as NSBE and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).
For more information about the Transportation and Infrastructure Special Interest Group (SIG) please contact:Barbara “BB” Dunlap