Paula Martese Marino

An Impactful Engineer

Inducted in 2017

In the span of 23 years, Paula Marino has built a reputation for herself in the energy and engineering communities, currently overseeing more than $3 billion in construction projects for a leading power company and actively helping to develop young engineers. As executive vice president of Southern Company’s engineering and construction services organization, Marino leads approximately 1,400 individuals responsible for developing new generation and environmental strategy, executing major project design and construction, ensuring technology due diligence and supporting the operation and maintenance of the generating fleet.

Born in Huntsville and raised in Enterprise, Marino graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1992 and went on to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1995.  Marino joined Southern Company in 1993 as a distribution engineer for Alabama Power Company. She was promoted to senior engineer for the transmission customer service department before transitioning to Southern Company Services in 2000, where she was named assistant to the president of Southern Company Generation and Energy Marketing. In this role she was a key leader in forming Southern Power Company and managed the chief production officer’s budget.

In 2001, she became planning and engineering services manager for engineering and construction services, where she developed a new organization to manage the business side of engineering. She was then named environmental and retrofit projects manager in 2002, where she managed a project portfolio totaling $180 million. In 2004 she served as the design general manager and  restructured the organization of 560 employees to maximize efficiency and effectiveness.

She transitioned to Southern Nuclear Company in 2009, where she was promoted to vice president of engineering. In this role she provided strategic direction for engineering, project management, supply chain, nuclear fuel, licensing and risk-informed engineering functions. She also improved engineering performance, reduced risk around strategic business initiatives and established a fleet mindset.

Marino returned to Southern Company Services in 2013, when she was promoted to senior vice president of engineering and construction services before another promotion in 2014 to her current role.  In addition to overseeing the organization responsible for providing technical expertise and services for Southern Company’s power plants, she also recently developed a strategy to transition the workforce to meet changing business needs.

A registered Professional Engineer in six states, she an advocate for engineering education, especially as a voice for women pursuing engineering. She serves on Auburn University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Council and on the Auburn University’s Alumni Engineering Council, where she serves as the Public Relations Committee vice-chair.  Marino is a member of the Center for Energy Workforce Development board of directors, The University of Alabama at Birmingham Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board and Auburn’s Engineering 100 Women Strong group, in addition to participating in numerous other committees and initiatives inside and outside of Southern Company. She has also served on the Electrical Engineering Advisory Boards for Tuskegee University and the University of Alabama. She has mentored young engineers through initiatives such as iCan, Southern Nuclear North American Young Generation in Nuclear, Society of Women Engineers and Women in Generation (which she created).

Marino is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Auburn University ECE Industrial Advisory Board Outstanding Alumni Award (2016), the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) Engineering Leadership Award (2015) and the ECOB Engineer of the Year (2012).

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