2021 40 Under 40: Brian Turner, PE, LEED AP, 38

Principal/Electrical Engineer, CMTA Inc.; MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Louisville

By Gary Cohen, Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 17, 2021

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in aviation, Turner decided to pursue engineering instead and never looked back. At CMTA, Turner has designed more than a dozen zero energy buildings. He is proud that most were constructed with conventional budgets, since affordability is key to scaling solutions to solve our climate challenges. Turner has pioneered many aspects of design, from finding creative ways to right-size building electric services to developing low-cost solar microgrid solutions and driving lighting system wattage down to new levels. Years of flight instructing instilled in him a passion for teaching, which he has continued as a mentor to younger engineers within CMTA. Throughout his career, Turner has been driven to perform at a high level and has worked to inspire the same from those around him. His passion is obvious to those he works with and he often collaborates with new clients. He has presented many times for conferences, lectures, webinars and trade shows. Turner’s impact also extends beyond the scope of his engineering designs. He recently organized and led a volunteer effort to install (often personally) more than 200 kilowatts of solar panels on the roofs of co-workers, resulting in several zero energy homes. In addition to home projects and playing bass guitar, Brian enjoys reading about futurism, science fiction and existential risk. Turner also loves to travel to new places and take his wife and three kiddos on electric road trips.