Melissa C. Lott is an engineer and researcher in energy systems and a 2011 Presidential Management Fellow. Her work includes a unique blending of technology and policy in the field of energy systems research. In this field, Melissa focuses on the economic and environmental tradeoffs of energy systems, including electricity generation (power plants) and transportation fuels. In this work, she focuses on electricity transmission (smart grid, RETI, CREZ) and energy efficiency programs.
Melissa has worked for more than 6 years as an engineer and consultant for YarCom, Inc. She has previously interned for the Department of Energy and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Energy & Climate Change Team for the Obama Administration.
Melissa holds two masters degrees from the University of Texas at Austin – in Mechanical Engineering and Public Affairs. While at UT, she was a member of theWebber Energy Group. Melissa also holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of California at Davis. During her tenure at UCD, she worked as a co-op student researcher at Sandia National Laboratories and studied at the University of Canterbury at Christchurch.
Melissa is an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and an amateur radio operator (W5MCL). She lives in Washington, DC.