2021 40 Under 40: Justin Shultz, BEMP, 31
Senior Building Performance Analyst, EYP Architecture & Engineering; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Shultz’s engineering career almost came to a screeching halt until he realized he could combine his two favorite things: programming and sustainable design. A self-identified “computer nerd,” he applied his passion for problem-solving, programming and learning analytical tools to developing a co-simulation process that became his thesis project at RPI. Shultz’s research provided novel methods for estimating valuable economic and energy cost savings for cutting-edge complex building energy systems. Upon completing his doctorate, Shultz joined EYP’s Green Lab team, where his experience with co-simulation made him keenly aware of the impact of design decisions. However, what makes him stand out in the field of building performance analysts is his ability to communicate effectively to both architectural teams and clients. He explains dense technical analysis in an easy-to-understand manner, making him a go-to resource for complex challenges. In addition to his own projects, Shultz gives his time to mentor and train others. His superpower is data visualization and as a self-taught coder, he often develops Python scripts. These allow teams to take an interactive look at data, which results in better, more timely results. Shultz’s community involvement began in college, where he became involved in a philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of families impacted by childhood cancer. After college, he combined his passion for biking and desire to fight children’ cancer by joining the Great Cycle Challenge. Shultz’s free time revolves around photography and biking. When he’s not adventuring, he plays puzzle, mystery, role-playing and multiplayer video games on his self-built computer.