Brian Gardner

PE, DGCP

Senior Associate | Manager, Electrical Engineering

At SMMA

  • Brian manages the Electrical Engineering Department’s design of power, lighting, fire alarm, security, and sound systems for SMMA’s corporate and commercial, institutional, and advanced technology projects 
  • Facilitates communication and day-to-day organization; oversees scope, fees, and schedules
  • Applies his extensive experience and expertise working in all phases of electrical engineering design, including feasibility studies, systems programming, construction documentation, specification writing, and construction administration services 
  • Accelerates professional development throughout the department and beyond as an active participant in the firm’s ACE Mentor program and Toastmasters Club, as well as on its Professional Development Committee 

Brian Gardner

An Electrical Engineering Puzzle

“I enjoy every opportunity to help universities create smarter, more cohesive power systems—it’s a great way to contribute to their educational mission,” he says. “Our evaluation of MIT’s northwest campus buildings’ power distribution was an especially fun project for me.” 

“It was true ‘electrical archaeology’; we researched every element of the old systems, with very little documentation available. We had fun putting all elements of the puzzle together. When we handed off the final diagrams and analysis, we knew we provided MIT with a tremendous asset for all future building projects.”  

A Passion for Teaching 

A Level 4 registered coach with USA Hockey, Brian is dedicated to developing and mentoring young athletes—and electrical engineers.

“I strive to be the approachable teacher who’s always available after class,” he says. “In general, I like to give our engineers as much responsibility as they can handle and ensure that the right support system is in place. Coaching hockey transfers well to my work here at SMMA. For both, success is about guiding—not controlling—and establishing the right team dynamic.”