Dr. Linda Little, assistant director of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center, has helped pioneer national training in electric vehicle infrastructure, earning her a place in the St. Louis Business Journal’s annual list of “Most Influential Business Women” and recognition as an “Unsung Hero” by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.
In its salute to Little and other unsung heroes in the July issue of St. Louis Small Business Monthly, Editor Rob Ameln noted “The heroes you see featured are people that not only have achieved excellence in their chosen fields, but they also are devoted tirelessly to helping to make St. Louis a better region.”
LUNCHEON AUG. 13
The St. Louis Business Journal will be honoring Little in its Aug. 13 “Most Influential Business Women” luncheon along with 25 other St. Louis business women in industries spanning healthcare, construction, legal, finance, non-profit, tourism and logistics. The event will be held at the St. Louis Marriott Grand Hotel in Downtown St. Louis.
A LEADER IN THE FIELD
Ten years ago, Little was part of a select national team that created the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), the essential standard to ensure reliable installation of EV chargers supporting the EV industry. She also chairs a national code-making panel shaping the future of energy storage systems and DC microgrids for the National Electrical Code.
As assistant director of the Electrical Industry Training Center, she helped develop its 78-course curriculum. For 20-plus years, she has instructed countless apprentices, journey workers and NECA contractors in rapidly evolving electrical and communications infrastructure.
Little is an essential resource for the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership, helping the region to understand an array new and disruptive technologies, including smart infrastructure, robotics, renewable energy and EV chargers.
Little serves on the St. Louis Building Energy Improvement Board and the St. Louis County Electrical Code Review Committee, and is Chairman of the National Electrical Code Panel #13. She is the first female IBEW member in the history of the IBEW international union to chair a National Fire Protection Association Electrical Code Panel, also serves on the boards of the National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) Electrical Council.
Little has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and is certified in engineering science, chemistry, mathematics and vocational education. Her doctoral thesis, “Importance of High School Mathematics for Building Trades Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programs,” offered pioneering insights on the importance of STEM education for the trades.
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