2013 40 Under 40: Adam Forni, 31

Senior Associate, Linwood Engineering, Costa Mesa, Calif.


Adam ForniAdam Forni, PE, 31

Senior Associate, Linwood Engineering, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Valparaiso University, 
BS Mechanical Engineering

Adam Forni’s management skills, knowledge of economics, and engineering expertise make him an indispensable resource and employee at Linwood Engineering. When the company needed an electrical engineer, Forni used his skills in the stormwater and plumbing industries to train himself, eventually becoming a licensed electrical engineer in multiple states. He serves as the senior liaison for high-profile clients including several major developers and Fortune 500 companies, and oversees more than $100 million of construction projects annually. In one of his most notable projects, Forni led mechanical, electrical, and plumbing efforts in the multi-year renovation of a half-mile steel roller coaster at California’s most historic theme park. Forni’s ambition to approach the engineering field with a fresh perspective led him to pursue an advanced degree. In June 2013, he will complete his MBA with honors at the University of California at Irvine. He plans to use his advanced degree and knowledge of sustainability issues facing the construction industry in his position as a consulting engineer. He drafts CSI specifications, estimates costs, and performs engineering economics studies. Outside of work, he helped establish the Timothy R. Hatch Foundation, a non-profit scholarship and guidance organization for students studying engineering. Forni calls himself a foodie whose quest to find hole-in-the-wall Thai food restaurants with his girlfriend has taken him all over the world.

No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
HVAC and building envelope: Efficient, effective systems; Designing fire sprinkler systems; Wireless controls in buildings; 2015 Product of the Year winners
2015 MEP Giants: MEP Giants annual report; Mergers and acquisitions; NFPA 2001; Fiber-optic cables; LED specifications
Hospital IAQ: Indoor air quality in health care facilities; NFPA 72; Water use and conservation; Net-zero buildings
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Implementing microgrids: Controlling campus power generation; Understanding cogeneration systems; Evaluating UPS system efficiency; Driving data center PUE, efficiency
Optimizing genset sizing; How the Internet of Things affects the data center; Increasing transformer efficiency; Standby vs. emergency power in mission critical facilities
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.