Erin Gately
Erin Gately
Green Electronics Council, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager
Portland, OR
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Biography
Erin Gately's Dream Job: It's not easy to determine how green computer electronic products are, but Erin is working to change this. At the Green Electronics Council, Erin works on an online tool that helps people select and compare computers, printers, monitors and televisions based on their environmental performance. A passion for saving the planet: Trained as an industrial engineer, Erin was working in the marketing department at Hewlett-Packard (HP) when she took a class on how much humans consume and how drastically such consumption affects Earth. The class had a profound effect on her, and Erin thought that she might leave HP to find a job protecting the environment. But HP was recruiting people to help design more environmentally friendly products. Erin stayed with the company to become an environmental product steward, combining her engineering skills with her passion for saving the planet. Now she is a Conformity Assurance Manager for EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) and ensures that electronics manufacturers are accurately representing how green their products are. Best part of being an engineer: Getting your engineering degree teaches you to use your whole brain. My background is in industrial engineering, but my analytical-thinking skills are applicable to my whole life. I have used my skills in manufacturing engineering jobs and marketing jobs, and also in my current job managing EPEAT's Conformity Assurance programs at the Green Electronics Council. Favorite project: Erin was part of a team that investigated using biodegradable corn-based material to manufacture the shell of a printer. Education: B.S. in industrial engineering, University of Miami, Miami, Florida; M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Practices, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bainbridge Island, Washington. Family Erin has a daughter and twin boys. Hobbies Soccer coach, volunteering for environmental organizations, and reading (an important part of my life and recharges me). I read at least one or two books per week. Fun Fact Erin raced a sailboat from San Francisco to Oahu with a team of eight other women. They were the first all-woman crew to finish the Pacific Cup! Advice Go for it! Being an engineer doesn't mean you can't have a life.You can be an engineer and have a social life and a family too. My engineering degree has allowed me to be whatever I have dreamed of being.
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  • Lizette, Mexico City

    Added Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    I am 30 years old, married and have two young children. I would like to go back to school. Do any of you have children? Do you think that your job responsibilities cause you to have to sacrifice your family life more than other jobs? What about going through the program with family? I am considering going into chemical engineering or telecommunications.
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    Erin Gately, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager
    Answered Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Hello,

    I am an industrial engineer with a MBA and I have three kids.  I strive to find balance between home and work.  One way I have done that is to work 35 hours a week.  Those 5 hours give me some flexibility and freedom for ...

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  • Raeven Waters, Virginia Beach asked Erin Gately, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    I want to be an environmental engineer. What is the best type of environmental engineering if i like recycling and inventing? I was going to be an aerospace engineer but everything is about going green now!
    Related to Choosing a Degree, Environment, Environmental
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    Erin Gately, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:08 AM
    Hello Raeven, There are many paths to an environmental career. Most disciplines in engineering have green paths these days. Depending on what you are interested in and where you decide to go to school, I think you will be able to find something really ...Read More
  • julie, texas

    Added Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    I have graduated high school and got a degree in nursing but I want to change careers. I really like my chemistry and science courses I took in college an I am thinking of going back to school to become an engineer. I don't personally know any engineers to ask them about their jobs so I wanted to ask is it hard to manage your career and your family life. Do you usually work a 40 hr week?
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    Erin Gately, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM
    Hello Julie, For my entire career I have worked for Hewlett-Packard. I feel fortunate because Hewlett-Packard has a very flexible work policy. They are the kind of company that encourages you to take your vacation and to get your work done in 40 ...Read More
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