By Megan Morse, Luthin Intern
The Association of Energy Engineers New York Chapter recently named Jessica Vogel, Luthin Associates’ Senior Project Manager, the Young Energy Professional of the Year.
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) promotes scientific education and interest in the energy profession. In addition to being a leading source for information and networking in the field of energy, AEE is widely recognized for its certification programs. AEE currently has 82 chapters in the United States and 16,000 members in 90 countries. The Young Energy Professional of the Year is awarded to an individual under 35 years old who has made outstanding contributions to the energy profession and the community.
Jessica worked in the energy field for 6 years before she joined Luthin Associates in 2013. Her expertise is in energy efficiency, energy management, and renewable energy. Jessica has been involved in projects that have resulted in over 40 MW of solar installations in several counties throughout New Jersey. Jessica has been very active in the New Jersey AEE chapter, and currently serves as a board member.
Jessica originally became interested in the Young Energy Professional award when she started working with Robert Berninger, General Manager of Plant Operations, Energy, and Engineering for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) as his NYSERDA outreach consultant. Robert is the current president of the board of the New York Chapter of AEE.
Robert saw potential in the just 30-year-old Jessica who has become a trusted consultant, and nominated Jessica for the award.
Robert stated, “Jessica is a very passionate, knowledgeable and driven engineer who wants to make sure that MSKCC implements energy efficiency projects and that we obtain the largest available NYSERDA rebates.”
It was because of this and Jessica’s past experience that Robert nominated her for the Young Energy Professional award.
Jessica hopes her recognition will open new doors in the New York region for her to continue contributing to the energy profession and the community.
Awards will be presented at the upcoming Association of Energy Engineers 2014 Awards Gala Tuesday, June 17. Jess is unable to attend, but her colleagues, family and friends will be there to accept the award on her behalf.