2019 40 Under 40: Brian Clark, PE, CEM, CPMP; 35

Mechanical Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Champaign, Illinois BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago MS Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

By Jack Smith and Amara Rozgus May 16, 2019

Beginning his technical career in 2003 as an Army truck mechanic, Clark’s career steadily progressed as he gained experience as a facilities designer, industrial energy auditor, public works engineer and finally as a mechanical engineering researcher. His current position at the Army’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, where he helps solve design and operational building performance challenges, is supported by his academic excellence at the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin. With this unique field, design and academic background, Clark has been able to have a significant impact on improving facilities operations for the Army. Major areas of focus include retro-commissioning, HVAC controls and energy data analysis. One of his many strengths is in his ability to communicate engineering concepts to a wide audience. Often, this manifests in a formal speaking role like his many technical presentations at ASHRAE, Energy Exchange and BCxA conferences. Clark supports the Engineers in the Classroom program, which is an annual effort to connect fifth grade public school children to the field of engineering and get hands-on experience with designing, building and testing a real engineering product. He also enjoys traveling, playing hockey, reading and spending time with his wife and two daughters. 

Author Bio: Jack Smith is a Content Manager at CFE Media. Amara Rozgus is Editor-in-Chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer.