New Face of Engineering
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 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 be 30 years or younger as of Dec. 31, 2016 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.
Nominations for the 2016 New Face were open from September 9 – November 20, 2015. . Nominations for the 2017 New Face will open in the fall of 2016.
The individual selected as ASHRAE's New Face of Engineering 2016 will receive the following recognition:
- Attend the 2016 CIBSE Technical Symposium
- Featured in an ad in the ASHRAE Journal
- Promotion in YEA and ASHRAE newsletters and online
2016 New Face of Engineering, Rachel Romero, P.E.
Through her work as an Energy Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Rachel Romero serves as a project manager and technical expert for the Department of Homeland Security energy management program and has worked on the of the creation of the national Standard Work Specifications for residential building professionals to ensure quality outcomes for the home energy retrofit industry.
Outside of work, Rachel serves as the main competition organizer for the 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, which brings together 34 collegiate institutions and over 300 students to inspire the next generation of building science professionals.
Her advice to engineering students? “Find an internship right now and get real-world experiences before you decide what type of engineer you want to be.”