Lockheed Martin Energy
Meet Ian Metzger:
Senior Research Scientist, PE, CEM, LEED AP, EnerGENIUS. That’s a whole lot of acronyms. What’s it all mean? Ian is helping create a more sustainable future by designing programs that help people and businesses use energy more efficiently. He’s saving energy, lowering bills and reducing harmful emissions.
When did you know you want to work in energy?
In college, I did a senior design project using wind power to purify water. I did a lot of research on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Everything about energy was interesting to me. It also felt really good to work on something that makes the world a better place. That’s when I decided I wanted to work in this field.
What do you like about this field?
There is a lot of creativity and diversity in the work we do. Energy is evolving and moving fast in many directions. Each day we face new customers, new challenges and new goals to achieve. We’re constantly asking, “Is there a better way to do this?”
Innovation drives the energy industry which means we get to work on the cutting edge, every day.
What’s the coolest part of your job?
I see my ideas make a difference. I get to design programs and then see them implemented. Within my first few weeks on the team, I was asked to build a calculator to estimate emissions savings from the electrification of non-road vehicles. A couple months later, that calculator was being used to implement a program that is literally saving tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
What advice would you give to an aspiring enerGENIUS?
I encourage you to gain a strong understanding of engineering fundamentals. You’ll also need to learn to be comfortable not having all the answers. In Energy, we need creative minds who are ready to accelerate new and emerging technologies.
If you weren’t working in Energy, what would you be doing?
I would be finding a way to work in energy! I really love what I do so if I wasn’t in this role, I’d probably find another form of energy to work in. The great thing about this industry is there are so many interesting projects and exciting technologies, I know I’d find something.