2022 40 Under 40: Sam Graves, PE, 32

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Associate, Cyntergy; BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tulsa

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

Originally from Austin, Texas, Graves left for Oklahoma to attend the University of Tulsa in 2008. He fell in love with the city of Tulsa and married a native Tulsan and is now a permanent Oklahoman. Graves has spent nine years in engineering; his first year in manufacturing revealed that his real passion was for design rather than project engineering. After his move to Cyntergy, he quickly rose to the position of senior mechanical engineer and was recently promoted to the role of associate of the firm. He has experience with laboratory design, hydronic systems, central plants, DX equipment, dedicated outdoor air systems, building automation systems and plumbing systems. Graves likes working with more of the challenging aspects of MEP engineering and has been instrumental in successful completion of demanding projects at the U.S. Pentagon, several military bases throughout the country in all different climates, manufacturing facilities and assisted living facilities. When working with clients, he makes it clear that his main goals are building strong relationships, delivering quality solutions and maintaining the oath and commitment he took as a professional engineer when he affixes his seal to his drawings. The aspect that Graves enjoys most in his career is helping train and mentor young engineers and promoting his team’s success. He does this by developing training and tools and running his department’s intern program. Outside of work, Graves enjoys hiking with his wife and four children, creative writing, skateboarding and completing home improvement projects. He “pays it forward” to the next generation by providing sustainable designs with good indoor environmental health.