Engineers Nominated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Jonathan Evans, P.E.
Jonathan Evans, P.E., a project engineer with Sustainable Engineering Group, is dedicated to helping commercial facilities become more environmentally sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. His project experience includes specializing in energy modeling, renewable energy technology analysis and geothermal design. Over the last three years, he has been part of an engineering team that has save more than 700,000 kW-hr and 800,000 therms per year, which is equivalent to 5,500 tons of carbon dioxide per year. His company consults with the Wisconsin Focus on Energy program and he has been responsible for managing over 75 commercial building projects ranging in size from 10,000 to 700,000 square feet which have been awarded close to $500,000 in utility incentives. Evans has also been involved with commissioning, energy modeling, and administering 20 LEED projects, including several Gold and Platinum certifications.
Evans recently became a father and enjoys helping coach his nephew’s football team and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Ryan Fedie, an engineering service manager, energy efficiency, with Bonneville Power Administration, oversees the technical direction of an energy-efficiency program that has saved more than 660 million kWh each of the last two years. This helped residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural customers save millions of dollars in energy each year. He also manages over $2 million in energy efficiency research and development projects for the agency’s office of technology innovation. To bridge the gap between R&D and programmatic activity, he’s helped develop an emerging technologies framework to “fill the pipeline” with commercially available energy efficiency strategies and technologies for the future.
Prior to his work at BPA, Fedie worked to advance building commissioning, including providing engineering support to programs, and performed energy savings calculations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Portland State University. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in engineering and technology management, also from Portland State University.
Brandon Harwick, P.E.
Brandon Harwick, P.E., an associate at Vanderweil Engineers, is an ambitious project manager and the youngest associate at Vanderweil. His portfolio of projects includes mission critical data centers, government office buildings, museums, archival storage facilities, laboratories, and radio broadcasting. Energy efficient systems are his passion, demonstrated by his professional work and also personally by renovations to his rental properties. Harwick’s specific projects include the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, which was the first LEED project in Saudi Arabia and the world’s largest LEED platinum project on record, and the Parks and People Foundation which features a closed-loop geothermal system and dedicated ventilation system with desiccant wheel dehumidification.
Outside of engineering, Harwick performs with a Washington DC dance company which competed in the top 40 of America’s Got Talent last year. The company is a charitable organization providing free entertainment and raising money for HIV/AIDS research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering with a mechanical emphasis from Penn State University.
Michael P. Cannistraro, P.E., LEED AP
Michael Cannistraro, P.E., a vice president of engineering with J.C. Cannistraro, is the youngest executive in a second-generation family business. He leads the company in all virtual design and construction. Under his leadership, the company was selected by the General Services Administration for building information modeling on all federal projects in over 60 percent of the country totaling up to five years of future contracts. He is also developing patent-pending software that enables facilities management through building information models.
Cannistraro is currently completing his MBA at Boston University, and holds both bachelors and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. As a Tufts graduate, he became interested in the university’s Curio project, an entry in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition and facilitated the installation of energy-efficient HVAC and rainwater collection systems donated by his firm.
Scott West, LEED AP
Scott West, a mechanical engineer with Jacobs Engineering, is currently on a transfer for two years from the Fort Worth office to the Jacobs MEP team in Reading, England. He has been instrumental in the development of both sustainable and carbon neutral developments on numerous projects. He has developed sustainability strategies for two of the largest airports in England. The strategies, which involve bio-mass and gas-fired combined heat and power plants, are estimated to reduce the total energy cost of one of the airports and the energy cost of three terminal buildings for the other airport by 30 percent. West also has experience with whole building energy simulation for LEED projects and is currently the principal LEED consultant on the 500,000 square foot King Abdulaziz Centre for Knowledge and Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Apart from his engineering career, West actively participates in his local church choir and competes in 5K races for local charities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.