2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Scott Lawless, 35

Project Manager, Leidos Engineering; Walled Lake, Mich.; BS Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering, Kettering University


Scott LawlessScott Lawless, 35
Project Manager, Leidos Engineering; Walled Lake, Mich.
BS Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering, Kettering University

Lawless is a project manager and engineer who consistently performs and completes projects successfully, gaining him the trust, confidence, and respect of his clients. Lawless’ work ethic is strong, and his track record is such that he has earned repeat customers, several for more than 10 years. Lawless has developed profitable programs for major customers at Leidos Engineering and is a leader in his part of the company. Lawless’ strengths lie with implementing system integration program solutions and teaching young engineers within Leidos. His team is currently working on a fan array air handling system program that is developing a standard control system design to meet the requirements of his clients, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. His team is also in the process of designing a modular chilled-water control system that offers the ability to fully assemble and test the system before shipment to the client’s site. Lawless is a certified energy manager through the Association of Energy Engineers as well as a project management professional through the Project Management Institute. He is known and respected within the company as a go-to person for system controls/integration questions and assistance. His colleagues look up to him and admire his accomplishments, namely developing profitable programs. Lawless is close with his family and friends, well connected, and respected in the community. He has been involved with multiple kickball tournament fundraisers and local charities and has a great camaraderie with his coworkers.

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