Rebecca Delaney, P.E., mechanical engineer, Primera Engineers, Chicago, Ill.
Education: Bachelor and Master of Science in architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
“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.”
Delaney plans to use her role as ASHRAE’s New Face of Engineering to help other young engineers and offers the following advice:
- Ask Questions: “You will quickly discover that no one has all the answers as no two buildings or HVAC systems are exactly alike.”
- Mentor and Be Mentored: “Mentors are excellent people to ask many of your questions. Also, knowledge retention and comprehension greatly increases when you can turn around and teach someone else what you have just learned.
- Volunteer: “As an engineer your skills are more transferable than you probably ever realized. Volunteering locally and globally will continue to open your eyes to the needs of the world and the people you will meet will inspire you in ways you never expected. Volunteering has introduced me to many new perspectives with which I use every day.”
Delaney first became involved with ASHRAE as a student member at Penn State University in 2005. In her words: “I wanted get my feet wet in the industry before I graduated.” She did so by attending vendor presentations and ASHRAE Conferences.
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.
Delaney was featured in an ad in USA Today during eWeek along with other participating engineering societies’ winning New Faces. She will also appear in an ad in the ASHRAE Journal.
The New Faces of Engineering recognition program, introduced by ASHRAE in 2003, is part of National Engineers Week—sponsored by DiscoveryE (formerly known as the National Engineers Week Foundation)—a coalition of engineering societies, major corporations and government agencies. Engineers Week, Feb. 16-22, 2014, promotes New Faces to provide incentive to those in college and inspire even younger students to consider engineering careers.
Engineers 30 years of age or younger are the focus of the recognition program. ASHRAE members are encouraged to nominate deserving young engineers so that they might have the opportunity to earn recognition in their chosen field.
Nominees/applicants must by 30 years or younger as of Dec. 31, 2013 and have a degree in engineering from a recognized U.S. college or university, or from an equivalent international educational institution. Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science and similar disciplines do not qualify, though a degree in computer engineering is acceptable.