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2020 40 Under 40: Michael Radio, PE, CEM, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, 36

Associate Principal, Ballinger, Philadelphia; BS Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 14, 2020

Radio stands out for his data-driven approach to guiding high-profile clients toward their sustainability goals, developing in high-performance buildings and engaging in mentoring and improving interdisciplinary collaboration. He has designed solutions for systems-intensive buildings including central plants, academic research facilities and health care institutions. He developed unique mechanical systems for many projects including the high-profile Pennovation Center, a business incubator and laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Radio also helped higher education facilities such as the University of Michigan and Swarthmore College develop frameworks to meet their long-term net-zero, carbon neutral targets. Radio uses advanced energy modeling tools as a predictive measure for informed decision-making throughout the design process. He has applied unique building energy modeling and on-site power synergies to assist in developing major planning efforts such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia MEP master plan. The master plan projects the campus energy usage profile over a 30-year period and applies innovative mechanical engineering solutions to meet these energy needs, while reducing carbon footprint. Radio has actively engaged the engineering community through his work with ASHRAE. In 2016, his commitment was recognized with the ASHRAE Philadelphia Chapter’s Young Engineer of ASHRAE Award and he served as president of the local chapter for the 2018-2019 term. While president, he also led the formation of a scholarship fund intended to encourage female college students to pursue studies in engineering. Outside of work, Radio is a fitness and workout enthusiast with more than 100 pairs of sneakers. He also enjoys his “cheat meals” of wine and pizza as well as spending time with his partner and two daughters.


Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus
Author Bio: Chris Vavra, Associate Editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief