POWER Engineers names Gou to head environmental services division

Consulting and engineering firm POWER Engineers has named longtime air quality professional Maria Gou as its environmental division manager starting early next year.

Gou will steer further development of POWER’s environmental services beginning January 1. Company leaders said Gou’s leadership will help strengthen its diverse portfolio of environmental services to energy, industrial and federal clients.

“Maria is a true example of POWER’s servant leadership philosophy,” said Bret Moffett, POWER Engineers’s CEO. “She is constantly helping her team work better together, and we look forward to seeing her apply that mindset to the entire division.”

Maria Gou

Gou was president of Austin, Texas-based Zephyr Environmental Corp. from 2015 to 2018 when the company was acquired by POWER Engineers. Since then, she has worked as business unit director for POWER’s air quality and related environmental services.

“We always want to do work we’re proud of and serve our clients, but we also need to keep our perspective on what’s right for our employees,” Gou said. “We’ll be working closely to ensure a smooth leadership transition, both for our clients and for our teams.”

Gou succeeds retiring Environmental Division Manager Rob Reid, who has led the division since 2014.   

“We’re grateful to Rob for his time and direction at POWER,” said Moffett. “Under his leadership, the division has grown from fewer than 150 employees in 2014 to nearly 250.  Rob was instrumental in building POWER’s environmental services portfolio.”

POWER Engineers was founded in 1976 and has grown into a global consulting and engineering firm. It will be an exhibitor at POWERGEN International in Booth 3831.

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Jason Philhower, a senior engineer with POWER, also will be speaking on microgrid fault stability and protection during a session of the POWERGEN Microgrids track in the Summit on Tuesday, November 19. His POWER Engineers colleague Thomas Morrell is a co-author on the presentation.

POWERGEN International will be November 19-21 in New Orleans. Click here to see entire education schedule and to register.

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