This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Madeleine Bugel, Program Manager, NEMA
Before joining NEMA as a program manager in May, I was unaware of the magnitude or scope of the lighting industry. After being exposed to the Lighting Systems Division and the vast range of what our member companies do, I am much more appreciative of the presence of lighting in my day-to-day life.
I first became immersed in the mercury-containing lamps recycling programs in Maine and Vermont. One of my responsibilities was to visit the states, personnel, and collection sites that participate in the program. It was tremendously helpful to see the programs in action.
Having studied Arabic and lived in Amman, Jordan, I am excited to use that knowledge and experience in another aspect of my work, which involves creating an outreach program for the Middle East–North Africa region and working toward fair market access for NEMA members in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
I am excited to continue learning through NEMA, contributing to the Lighting Systems Division, and engaging my international background.