Melissa C. Lott is an engineer and 2011 Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy. At DOE, Ms. Lott works as a program analyst in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she provides quantitative analysis for long-term strategic planning efforts across the DOE portfolio, with a primary focus on energy, in particular efforts related to the electric grid.
Ms. Lott is also a writer for Scientific American's Plugged In. Her articles focus on topics related to energy and the environment from technical, business, and policy perspectives. Ms. Lott's writing has been published in venues including Scientific American, Discover, Austin-American Statesman, and the Austin Post.
Ms. Lott holds two masters degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, in mechanical engineering and public affairs - in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of California, Davis. She has more than seven years of experience working as an engineer and consultant for YarCom, Inc. In 2010, Ms. Lott served as an intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Energy & Climate Change Team for the Obama Administration.