This spring, the staff at Engineered Systems began kicking around the idea of honoring the women of engineering. As we embarked upon this project, we were unsure how easy or difficult of a task this may be, as statistics insist that qualified tradeswomen are difficult to locate.
The results blew us away. More than 150 nominations were completed, bucking the numbers.
After countless hours of deliberation, we chose 20 deserving women to honor.
The following list represents all levels of the industry, from those just entering the sector to industry professionals boasting 30-plus years of experience.
"While I wish we could honor each of the 150 nominees, we were forced to select 20," said Herb Woerpel, editor-in-chief, Engineered Systems. "This is truly a hall of fame-caliber list of women in this industry. I couldn't be prouder of the honorees or the engagement this contest created within the consulting, mechanical, and facility engineering industry. Whether your nominee made the top 20 or not, this endeavor is an absolute win for our industry."
Full profiles of each winner are available on www.esmagazine.com. Without further avail, here are 2019’s Top 20 to Watch: Women in HVAC.
Staci Ashcraft | Cynthia (Cindy) A. Cogil | Kerry Bruggemann | Ashley Davitt | Rebecca Ellis | Meredith Emmerich | Michelle Fennell | Liz Haggerty | Traci Hanegan | Sheila J. Hayter | Adrienne Johnson | Julia Keen | Caroline R. Kelty | Shona O’Dea | Tiffany Rourke | Rae Anne Rushing | Annie Smith | Rachel Stuckey | Stephanie Taylor | Melody Wang
Staci R Ashcraft, P.E., Associate, project manager, and mechanical engineer, Glumacread more
Cynthia (Cindy) A. Cogil, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Principal, SmithGroupread more
Kerry Bruggemann, P.E., LEED AP, Principal, Michaud Cooley Ericksonread more
Ashley Davitt, P.E., Engineering manager, ACCO Engineered Systemsread more
Rebecca Ellis, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CCP, BCXP, CXA, President, Questions & Solutions Engineering Inc.read more
Meredith Emmerich, Managing director of ductless & VRF, Carrier Corp.read more
Michelle Fennell, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, HVAC, BR+A Consulting Engineers.read more
Liz Haggerty, Vice president and general manager, ducted systems, Johnson Controls Inc.read more
Adrienne Johnson, Project engineer, Point Energy Innovations.read more
Julia Keen, P.E., PH.D, FASHRAE, HBDP, BEAP, Professor of architectural engineering and construction science, Kansas State University, and 2018-2019 ASHRAE vice president.read more
Caroline R. Kelty, P.E., LEED AP, Mechanical engineer, CMTA Inc.read more
Shona O’Dea, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Building performance analyst and senior associate, DLR Group.read more
Tiffany Rourke, Account manager, systems and team leader, Trane.read more
Rae Anne Rushing, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CEO/Co-founder of Rushing Company.read more
Annie Smith, P.E., CEM, LEED AP BD+C, Director of energy services/mechanical engineer, Ross & Baruzzini.read more
Rachel Stuckey, P.E. LEED AP, BEMP, CEA, EBCP, Senior associate and building performance engineering department manager, Erdman Anthonyread more