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Engineering Focus: National Engineers Week Kickoff

Thank you to the sponsors and guests who attended Engineering Focus

More than 130 guests joined Chicago Engineers Foundation (CEF) for the first Engineering Focus luncheon on February 17, 2020 at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Engineering Focus was a kickoff to National Engineers Week in Chicago.

M. Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President of Technical Services at ComEd served as the keynote speaker.  Ms. Blaise spoke about the importance of diversity in widening the vision of the engineering sector.  Michelle Blaise shared with the audience that their work is a reflection of their own priorities. She further stated that we cannot produce innovative, effective solutions to the ever-more-complex engineering challenges we are facing as a society, unless we bring more diverse perspectives to the table and ask better questions about the broader impact of our work on communities.

Engineering Focus was generously sponsored by:

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About M. Michelle Blaise

M. Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of Technical Services, is responsible for Engineering, Project Management and Smart Grid & Technology for ComEd. Prior to her role as senior vice president of Technical Services, Blaise served as vice president of Engineering and Project Management and oversaw maintenance, reliability, and capacity planning. She was also responsible for planning and execution of transmission and substation projects as well as execution of Energy Infrastructure Modernization (EIMA) program. Ms. Blaise has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities in customer operations, strategic planning, distribution operations and engineering including manager of Construction and Maintenance, Manager of Strategic Planning, and Manager of Business Planning.

Michelle Blaise serves as a member of the board of directors for the Women’s Business Development Center and on the board of trustees of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  Ms. Blaise holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Business Administration from DePaul University.