2016 40 Under 40: Brad Wilson, PE, LEED AP, 39
Principal, PAE Engineers, Portland, Ore. BAE, Penn State University
Brad Wilson, PE, LEED AP, 39
Principal, PAE Engineers, Portland, Ore.
BAE, Penn State University
Wilson joined PAE Engineers in 2002 as an entry-level mechanical engineer. During his 14 years at the firm, he has contributed to the significant growth of the company-from a small, single-office firm to a 200-person organization with four offices across the West. In 2014, he was promoted to principal. He now leads the firm's project management group and project coordinator department. In addition, he leads PAE's design teams on large, high-profile, and complex projects. Wilson's expertise in engineering creative, elegant, and simple solutions has resonated with public and private organizations including Oregon State University, the Port of Portland, and various confidential corporate clients. Passionate about sustainable design and reducing energy and water use in the built environment, Wilson has provided engineering solutions that, to date, have reduced carbon emissions equivalent to planting approximately 2 million trees. He currently serves as a mentor to several project managers at PAE, and also provides mentorship to high school students via internships and by discussing career opportunities during Engineers Week. Wilson is a contributor to Randall Children's Hospital and the Oregon Humane Society, and has volunteered his time packing food at the Oregon Food Bank and serving meals to the homeless at the Blanchet House of Hospitality. Wilson enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and twin boys. He is currently learning to play the violin with his daughter, and participates in father-daughter lessons and recital performances. He also enjoys family camping trips and backpacking excursions into the great Pacific Northwest wilderness.