Episode 91 – Kimberly Moore

Kimberly Moore is the founder and CEO of KDM Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in utilities and telecommunications. She is the founder and president of Calculated Genius, an organization dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to STEM in an effort to inspire and support a brighter future. Kimberly serves on several boards of directors and has won several awards including 2021 Society of Women Engineers Entrepreneur Award, 2018 Engineering News Record (ENR) 20 Under 40 National Award, 2019 Chicagoland ATHENA Emerging Leader Award, and many more.

Kimberly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Engineering and recently started working on a PhD in Electrical Engineering.

Episode Notes

Kimberly shares her experiences as an engineer and how she founded KDM Engineering, which she founded 14 years ago. She shares how she became interested in engineering as it wasn’t a career she knew anything about when she was growing up. She shares how running KDM led her to start Calculated Genius. And she talks about her latest endeavor starting a restaurant – which is also related to KDM. She shares her goals and aspirations of where she wants to go personally and with KDM.

Kimberly also talks about the challenge of being the “only” in her engineering classes and jobs and the importance of finding community. She also talks about the business of her life and how she manages the many aspects of her life (she has added hours to her day ;-)).

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

KDM Engineering is a WBE/MBE professional engineering firm focusing on power distribution design, gas distribution and telecommunications design. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm also has branch offices on the east coast. (https://kdmengineering.com)

Calculated Genius is dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to STEM in order to inspire and support a brighter future. The organization was founded by Chicago engineer and entrepreneur, Kimberly Moore, to bridge the gap between education and application. (https://www.calculatedgenius.org)

1308 Chicago – A SpeakEatery located in the new Salt District touting a dining experience with a fresh twist on new American cuisine. With an ownership team made up of local entrepreneurs from backgrounds of all types, 1308 is a melting pot of ideas and experiences. (https://www.1308chicago.com)

Boards of Directors is the correct plural.

A PhD in electrical engineering general takes 5 to 7 years to complete. (https://www.allengineeringschools.com/engineering-careers/article/phd-engineering/)

Located on the campus of UNC Charlotte, the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) was formed through private and public funding in response to the need to supply well-educated and highly trained engineers qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry, and to provide sustainable support for applied research. Offering a collaborative industry/academic partnership, EPIC produces a technical workforce and advancements in technology for the global energy industry while supporting the Carolinas’ multi-state economic and energy security. (https://epic.charlotte.edu)

For more than seven decades, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties. (www.swe.org)

A growing number of men are undergoing a radical and expensive surgery to grow anywhere from three to six inches. The catch: It requires having both your femurs broken. GQ goes inside the booming world of leg lengthening. (https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/lifestyle/article/leg-lengthening-surgery-men)

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