With over 14 years of experience, my work focuses mainly on sustainability consulting for healthcare and institutional facilities. In addition, my expertise lies in: research and policy; managing and conducting research and developing healthcare design and construction standards; strategic energy and sustainability planning; securing funding for energy/renewable projects via rebates and incentives; and financing via analysis, tools, and partnerships with financial institutions. I have also directed domestic healthcare design projects, supervised analysis projects as part of our MEPT design work, and managed developing world design projects firm-wide and in Africa.
As a sustainability & licensed mechanical engineer, I help lead Mazzetti’s sustainability efforts, specializing in sustainability and LEED® consulting, energy analysis, strategic planning, greenhouse gas analysis, international design standards development, measurement and verification, and managing and directing research efforts in ventilation and airborne infection control. The value I bring to my clients is my ability to bring forward-thinking concepts and approaches to projects. I also work with clients to understand their core issues and challenges and help them find optimal solutions.
If I could change the world, I’d identify barriers to innovation and shatter them! I particularly want to take on improving public health around the world through applications of sustainability, resilience, and regenerative design. I want to help develop guidelines and approaches that support designing healthcare facilities that have a healing impact on people and their environments.
Innovative contributions I have made to the industry include serving as project manager on the Healthcare Ventilation Research Collaborative (HVRC), which, in partnership with Stantec, focused on researching alternative ventilation strategies in healthcare facilities and resulted in a change to ASHRAE Standard 170 (2008). Additional research projects include: natural ventilation, also in partnership with Stantec; plug loads, with Kaiser Permanente and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and circuit level monitoring for the BIRD Foundation/Panoramic Power.
My work has taken me around the world, designing healthcare facilities in resource-limited settings, including Haiti, Liberia, Rwanda, and other African nations. As a member of Engineers Without Borders, much of the work I have done in Africa has been pro bono – including a project for Free the Children. I also work with MASS Design to develop a Rwandan engineer workforce training program and travel to Rwanda on my own time to help with the training.
I have extensive education in engineering management, research and development, economic analysis, and financial planning. I am also involved on professional committees, serving as a non-voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee – TC 9.6 (healthcare), and a Corresponding Member of ASHRAE Standard 189.3.