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NREL Engineer Named as ASHRAE New Face of Engineering

ATLANTA—Ian Metzger has been named by ASHRAE as its 2013 New Face of Engineering.

The program, part of National Engineers Week (NEW) and co-sponsored by ASHRAE, promotes the accomplishments of young engineers, age 30 or younger, by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on public welfare. The top nominee from each engineering society represented on the NEW committee will appear in a full-page ad in USA Today during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23, 2013.

“I am honored to be the New Face of Engineering and I am proud to represent young engineers,” Metzger said. “I am excited for the opportunity to encourage future generations of engineers and promote the importance of sustainability in our occupation.”

Metzger is an engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo.  He holds a Master of Science in civil, environmental and architectural engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder; and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts, University of San Diego.

Understanding the interactive relationship between energy efficiency, renewable energy, markets, and policies is critical to the world’s energy future,” he said. “Engineers play a significant role in increasing the speed of innovation-to-marketplace processes and the scale of industry adoption.”

Metzger is dedicated to increasing the speed and scale of energy/water efficiency and renewable energy deployment as shown by his achievements: 

  • Lead energy auditor - conducting assessments of some 30 facilities over the last three years in the U.S. and internationally (India, Africa, Japan, Central America) 

  • Energy audit trainer – training over 200 people in-class in the U.S. and internationally (Japan, Costa Rica). 

  • Principal investigator for new and emerging technology demonstration projects – engineering analysis for plug load controls, photovoltaic-thermal systems and multistage indirect evaporative cooling systems

  • Software tool development – contributing author on 10 software copyrights of commercialized software for evaluating building energy performance and renewable energy

  • Providing commissioning oversight for two NREL high performance buildings (Research Support Facility, Energy Systems Integration Facility)

  • Data center efficiency expert – providing energy assessments and trainings for federal data center managers

ASHRAE created the New Faces program in 2003, when it served as lead society for National Engineers Week.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.