2022 40 Under 40: Caroline Kelty, PE, LEED AP, 38

Mechanical Engineer, CMTA; BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Kentucky

By Amara Rozgus, Chris Vavra, and Christina Miller May 16, 2022

In the beginning of Kelty’s career, she worked on health care projects and quickly expanded to K-12 and higher education projects. One project that demonstrates her dedication to optimal engineering and performance is the Berea College Deep Green Residence Hall project. This project’s main mission was to provide the most energy-efficient residence hall in the nation while not sacrificing comfort or an indoor environment. The project succeeded through sustainable system selections, building management and renewable energy sources. She uses her building modeling expertise to incorporate the necessary mechanical systems within building design, conducts energy model analyses to ensure efficient systems selections within the design and provides cost estimate analyses to ensure a facility can meet the project budget. A goal is for one of her previously designed buildings to one day meet zero-energy design. Long before Kelty began her career as a professional engineer, she had been taking notes on how to be an effective leader and communicator. Her first mentors were her mother and grandparents. They always encouraged Kelty’s love for problem-solving and never gave her any doubts that she couldn’t do something because it was perceived as hard. She uses this mindset to show her children that anyone can positively impact the world around them by using the abilities they learn and develop. Kelty’s determination to make the world a better place doesn’t stop when she leaves the office. One example of this is her involvement with ASHRAE. The other is working on restoring her 125-year-old home with her husband.