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ASHRAE Honors Rising Star in the Building Industry

Feb 21, 2014
Contact: Amanda Dean
Public Relations

ATLANTA—Young engineers, whether just out of school, establishing their early careers or achieving engineering milestones are building up the industry. As part of Engineers Week (Feb. 16-22), ASHRAE is proud to recognize its 2014 New Face of Engineering: Rebecca Delaney, P.E.

New Faces of Engineering, introduced by ASHRAE in 2003 during National Engineers Week, highlights the exciting and often unique work of young engineers and the resulting impact on society.

Delaney is mechanical engineer, Primera Engineers, Chicago, Ill. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering from Penn State University.

“I am honored to be ASHRAE's 2014 New Face of Engineering,” Delaney said. “As a young engineer, I'm excited to share my experiences of the global impact of our industry and changes/advancements my generation is poised to make during our careers.”

Today, Delaney works to deliver cost-effective and innovative ways to reduce her clients’ energy usage. She has optimized geothermal systems to produce radiant water temperatures without heat pumps and educates her clients on the benefits of radiant heating/cooling systems and the importance of envelope performance to passively reduce thermal loads. Additionally, Delaney is a global leader for Engineers without Borders and travels to Kenya and Uganda to teach sustainable practices to local communities.

“As a young engineer, Rebecca plays an important role in shaping the future of how buildings are designed, constructed and maintained,” ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth said. “She comes to the industry with a fresh perspective and strives to design sustainable, high performance buildings that provide high levels of indoor environmental quality with low energy consumption. Additionally, her work in Engineers without Borders is saving lives and helps to ensure that sustainable practices are put to use around the world.”

Delaney was featured in a national ad in USA Today during Engineers Week along with other participating engineering societies’ winning New Faces. She will also be recognized in the Society’s monthly publication, the ASHRAE Journal.

ASHRAE received nominations from around the world for the honor of being the Society’s 2014 New Face of Engineering. Additional nominees were:

  • Pam Androff, P.E., product manager, Commercial Equipment, Suwanee, Ga.
  • Charles Blaschke IV, general manager, taka solutions, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Alexandre Bourchard, engineer, Martin Roy, Deux-Montagnes, Québec, Canada
  • Caleb Brantley, P.E., project manager, TME, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Terese Decker, senior consultant, Navigant, Boulder, Colo.
  • Colin Fay, sustainability specialty, mechanical engineer-in-training, PDC Inc. Engineers, Anchorage, Ala.
  • Bob Fassbender, founder, www.energy-models.com and Cosmo Logic, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Calina Ferraro, P.E., mechanical engineer, project manager, Randall Lamb Associates, La Mesa, Calif.
  • Chad Ferreira, sales engineer, Jascko Corp, Miami, Fla.
  • Andrea Gains-Germain, Cogenra Solar, Mountain View, Calif.
  • Chris Gray, P.E., senior research engineer, Southern Company, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Ashu Gupta, managing partner, Design to Occupancy, Jaipur, India
  • Charlie Haack, senior associate, ICF International, Fairfax, Va.
  • Rupesh Iyengar, P.E., doctoral research, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Singapore
  • Brian Jennissen, design engineer, Innovent Air Handling Equipment, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Chonghui Liu, P.E., mechanical engineer, C&S Engineers, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Mark McLean, P.E., sales engineer, Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co., Lexington, Ky.
  • Larry McWilliams, P.E., mechanical engineer, McVeigh &Mangum Engineering, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Vrushali Mendon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash.
  • Gabriel Millican, P.E., ASHRAE-Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional, mechanical engineer, SmithGroupJJR, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Jacob Moberg, applications engineer, Stan Weaver and Company, Orlando, Fla.
  • Anna Morton, energy modeling and design engineer, dbHMS, Chicago, Ill.
  • Patrick Murphy, P.E., mechanical engineer, Vanderweil Engineers, Alexandria, Va.
  • Ben Oliver, mechanical engineer in training, Chorley & Bisset, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Frank Paradiso, assistant engineer designer, Stony Brook University Research and Support Services, New York
  • Greg Phipps, P.E., test engineer, Big Ass Fans, Lexington, Ky.
  • James Spencer, graduate mechanical engineer, Arup, Seattle, Wash.
  • Rumen Yordanov, CEng., cofounder, director, Asian European Engineering, Hong Kong
  • Cassie Waddell, P.E., principal mechanical engineer, sustainable designer, AlfaTech, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Ryan Westlund, commercial projects manager, REHAU Construction, Leesburg, Va.
  • Justin Westmoreland, P.E., staff engineer, Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, Fresno, Calif.
  • Alyssa Wingenfield, energy services specialist, McClure Company, Harrisburg, Pa.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.