Name: Barbara H. McCrary
Title: President, HHB Engineers P.C.
Educational Experience: Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama
Professional Credentials/Accreditations: Professional Engineer (P.E.) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Organizational Affiliations/Achievements/Awards: Member of ASHRAE, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). 2020 Engineer of the Year, Engineering Council of Birmingham; 2016 University of Alabama Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Fellow; 2013 Young Engineer of the Year, Birmingham ASHRAE Chapter; 2006 Willis Carrier Award Winner from the 2006 ASHRAE Winter Meeting; and Best Poster Presentation at the 2006 ASHRAE Winter Meeting
What caused you to/when did you fall in love with engineering?
What has been the most rewarding aspect of working in the skilled trades?
Describe the proudest moment in your career.
What challenges do women face in this profession? Can you give a personal example? Why aren’t there more women in engineering? How can we increase the number of women in engineering?
What does your day-to-day job entail?
What drives/motivates you every day?
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted you personally and professionally?
What remains on your engineering bucket list — what do you aspire to do that you haven’t accomplished yet?
What’s one thing no one knows about you?
List any mentors who’ve helped you succeed and describe exactly how they’ve shaped your success.
What advice do you have for prospective female engineers considering entering the field?