2019 40 Under 40: Steve Gross, PE; 32
After finishing graduate school, Gross was hired in 2012 by Interface Engineering in San Francisco as an energy analyst. He has thrived at the firm, obtaining his professional engineer license in 2013 and is now leading the building science team as an associate. His primary role in the design process is to assist architects, owners, operators and builders in making design choices that lead to more energy-efficient, comfortable and healthy buildings. He specializes in using advanced building energy simulation tools to test various design approaches. Since 2016, Gross has volunteered at Sacred Heart School in Atherton, California, for the Green Apple day of service. He, along with his clients from WRNS Studio, spend the day at the school teaching the students about building science and sustainability. He is an active member of International Living Futures Institute’s Bay Area Collaborative, leading events and lectures addressing sustainability and wellness in the built environment. In his time outside of work, Gross is an avid sailor, lover of live music and a motor sports enthusiast. He owns a sailboat with three of his friends and they enjoy sailing and anchoring out together on weekends in the San Francisco Bay. While attending graduate school, he picked up the habit of bicycle commuting, which he still enjoys now living in the Bay Area. Gross (with his wife Vicki) spends many weekend nights attending concerts and plays of local Bay Area artists. He began playing piano at a young age. He now also plays guitar and mandolin. He spends at least 30 minutes in his garage almost every day working on one of his motorcycles or his car.