2019 40 Under 40: Sean Lawler, PE, LEED AP; 38

Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Seattle BS Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana MS Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia

By Jack Smith and Amara Rozgus May 16, 2019

Lawler is a mechanical engineer and project manager at Affiliated Engineers Inc. He moved to Seattle in 2011 to join the company’s mechanical engineering group and begin his career focus in the health care and science and technology markets. He has been an important contributor on such projects as the 640,000-square-foot Teck Acute Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital, Seattle; Children’s Research Institute’s 490,00-square-foot Building Cure; and the 300,000-square-foot addition to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Building Care. Lawler has especially distinguished himself in the area of resilient design. His work on TACC allowed him to dive deep into the potential resilient design solutions and contribute to the development of AEI’s Resilience+ program. The Building Care project allowed him to further his collaboration skills as lead mechanical engineer on an integrated project delivery. His role included daily internal coordination as well as with the rest of the design, construction and owner’s team. After graduating from college, Lawler followed his desire for service and adventure by joining the Peace Corps. He was assigned as a high school mathematics and science teacher in a rural village in Ghana. In addition to teaching several courses over two academic years, he volunteered as the soccer coach. Lawler enjoys cycling both for commuting and pleasure riding. He has been an almost daily bicycle commuter for more than 10 years. His children wanted to play soccer, so instead of just signing them up for a league, he organized a group of friends with young children to meet each weekend during the spring and fall and thus created a preschool soccer team. He serves as the coach. Having settled in the Pacific Northwest, his new Seattle-area friends inspired him to learn to ski. Now, he’s hooked. 

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