2020 40 Under 40: Josh VandenEnde, PE, PMP, CxA, 32
Senior Electrical Engineer, Apogee Consulting Group P.A., Fort Collins, Colo.; BS Construction Engineering & Management, North Carolina State University
VandenEnde is an avid learner when it comes to building design, and likes to jump into new and challenging tasks. His career choice was pretty well set when he started working on residential construction for a family friend when he was 11. That interest and passion carried over when he started working for Apogee as a drafter doing computer-aided design when he was 16. VandenEnde has been with the company ever since and has been accomplishing many firsts for the firm. For example, was the first to complete a commissioning project. He passed the fundamentals of engineering exam, professional engineering exam and commissioning agent exam all on his first attempt. Similarly, it only took one try to pass the North Carolina real estate exam and general contractor’s exam (although both licenses are currently inactive). VandenEnde’s drive to help people and be a better engineer leads him to volunteer for projects that have not been previously encountered. For example, following a system failure in a hospital power system, he led the effort to study the comparative reliability of several replacement systems. On another project, VandenEnde led the effort to analyze the explosion hazard of a modern coal-fired boiler system and ensure compliance. He is very proficient at arc flash studies and his expertise within the field of building power systems is strongest with critical power systems design. Outside of work, VandenEnde spends his time renovating their mountain home, which also doubles as a workout routine. He also likes skiing with his wife and traveling all over the world with her and their infant daughter.