Railway woman: Beatriz Mendez-Lora has worked on all three Minnesota LRT projects

Electrical engineering consultant Beatriz Mendez-Lora was content to be a solo entrepreneur until the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Project (CCLRT) came along. Mendez-Lora, who earned her electrical engineering degree from Boston University, has come a long way since getting her start in the field as an intern in the electrical department of a Florida architectural and engineering consulting firm. “It was the Central Corridor LRT Project that helped [my company] grow,” said Mendez-Lora, who started M-P Consultants 15 years ago. The Northstar commuter rail project, from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, was the largest project her company-Mendez-Lora and one CAD technician-had worked on until the CCLRT project. The current project will connect downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Continue Reading