Sunita Benson-Agwu

Presentation: Managing complex emerging technology Projects

Abstract: Emerging Technology and Project Management are two areas that play an importance role in grid modernization. This includes modernizing the distribution grid, executing innovative projects and operational readiness with a sustained focus on emerging work and existing critical areas such as distribution system planning, battery energy storage systems, microgrids and climate change.

As project managers, we are responsible for implementing highly visible initiatives/ projects that are complex in nature with a significant involvement with internal and external stakeholder engagement.

This presentation will explore how to execute emerging technology projects, engage stakeholders in the process, measure results, and demonstrate success with those types of complex projects.

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Biography: Sunita is an experienced professional with a strong track of establishing a culture of achievement while implementing operational and business procedures. She possesses strong ability to build sustainable relationships that enable policy initiatives, technological advancement, strategic innovative investments, enhance project completion, satisfaction and thriving communities.

In her current role as the manager of Smart Grid Programs in the Pepco region, Sunita is responsible for the oversight and execution of emerging technology programs and projects across the organization.
Her team implements highly visible initiatives/ projects that are complex in nature with a significant involvement with internal and external stakeholder engagement.

Prior to transitioning to her role of Manager, Smart Grid Programs, Sunita was the Supervisor for Substations in the Substation Construction and Maintenance Organization where she implemented new process improvements with greater focus and attention to the Substation Condition Improvement Programs (SCIP) to improve the functionality of equipment and reliability of the substations.

Additionally, she previously held a Senior Project Manager position in the centrally managed project management organization at PHI responsible for managing transmission, substation, and distribution projects with significant dollar amounts across multiple engineering and cross functional disciplines.

Prior to joining the Project Management Organization, Sunita spent her first 5 years in Transmission & Substation Engineering as an Engineer and was promoted to increasing levels of engineering responsibility through the engineering progression ladder.

Sunita holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University, Masters in Project Management and a Masters in Structural Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Sunita is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Leadership Greater Washington -Rising leader program, class of 2021 and serves as a board member for Housing Unlimited, Inc.