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2020 40 Under 40: Nathan A. Short, PE, 37

Electrical Engineer, Vice President, Energy Systems Design Inc., Scottsdale, Ariz.; BS Electrical Engineering, Western Michigan University

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 14, 2020

Short is a professional electrical engineer and project manager who serves as the Energy Systems Design Inc. liaison for multiple architects. He has overseen hundreds of projects including a 2-million-square-foot, five-building office improvement project. He continues to be involved in numerous specialized designs, including a recent 300,000 square-foot office with a large four-story atrium that uses only indirect lighting with daylight-responsive dimming, plug load control and robust electrical distribution systems with N+1 and/or 2N redundancy. Short has developed internal methods to reduce design times and deliver projects under budget, including streamlining product schedules, notes and drafting techniques. His entire career has been with the same firm where he has grown from an entry designer to vice president in 12 years. Short works hard to remain approachable and continues working with other designers through their challenges and makes quick, educated decisions. Furthermore, he has mentored several electrical designers/engineers within the department and assists consistently on bringing up the next generation of designers. He initiated and leads a biweekly department training session to discuss code and various design topics to educate our junior designers. He has also presented at Arizona State University on current codes with lighting design. Short is an avid volunteer and has worked with Habitat for Humanity, is former vice president of his local IES chapter and has worked with annual charity events. In addition to spending time with his wife and two children, Short is a devoted runner and has participated in many races. He also enjoys hiking the Grand Canyon and the mountains throughout the greater Phoenix area.


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