ECE alumna among Columbus' Smart 50 award winners


Lisa Huang ('98), a Ph.D. alumnus from The Ohio State University's electrical and computer engineering program, was recently named among the Columbus' Smart 50 award winners for her professional determination and integrity.

Huang's career trajectory after graduating from Ohio State led to a decade of working at large engineering firms, only to branch out and become the president of her own.

The experience solidified her belief that a more personal focus on engineering consulting was the way to go. In 1998, she started Advanced Engineering Consultants in the basement of her home. Today, she employs more than 50 people across three cities.

"This year’s honorees have made, and I’m confident will continue to make, a noticeable impact on the communities, industries and organizations that they work and live in. Each are true leaders who are passionate about the work they do," Chris Godley said, president of Hylant Columbus.

Over the past 20 years, since starting her own firm, Huang expanded her services from electrical engineering to full mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering services.

"However she hasn’t lost that founding focus on providing high-quality engineering services with a personal touch," Smart Business Columbus reports. "Huang drives her team to keep up with new technologies and products available for construction to uphold the firm’s reputation for innovative and practical solutions, often meeting with industry vendors. By understanding new products, the company helps clients make informed decisions that meet project goals."

Today, AEC is a respected MEPT engineering firm with over 70 employees, a large percentage of which are registered Professional Engineers. AEC also operates four satellite office locations, and leads several multi-million dollar federal contracts. Huang is a Senior Electrical Engineer and a Registered Communications Distribution Designer. Outside of work, Lisa is involved in various organizations, including the Ohio Women Organization. She excels at table tennis, golf and plays the Erhu, a two-stringed Chinese instrument.