2023 40 Under 40: Catie VanWormer, PE, LEED AP, 39
Director of Hydronics, Cleaver-Brooks; BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Starting as a mechanical engineer at a consulting firm, VanWormer moved to Cleaver-Brooks to serve in mechanical and sales engineering roles and in engineering management. She also has worked as a product sales manager where she co-developed an award-wining hydronic boiler. Not only is VanWormer a talented engineer, she also is a leader and a teacher. She is a knowledgeable, dedicated and trusted mentor to her colleagues and others in the hydronics industry. She has the unusual ability to effectively communicate highly technical content in an easy-to-comprehend manner. She has contributed content and articles to a host of industry publications and is a regular presenter for the Cleaver-Brooks webinar series. VanWormer also travels, speaking at ASHRAE chapters, AHR events and with specifying engineers and mechanical contractors. She works directly with owners, architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers’ representatives on complex project specifications and product selection. She sits at the crossroads of the hydronics and steam industry and is uniquely qualified to listen to the needs and wants of each stakeholder, then works to develop and build innovative products and solutions or make upgrades to existing ones. VanWormer embraces challenges in all aspects of her life. For example, she recently started running and enjoys the mental and physical challenges associated with it. She has finished several 5K races as well as her first 10K race and is training to compete in longer distances. VanWormer is a life-long horseback rider who is getting back into showing horses. She credits riding with teaching her many skills, most notably hard work, responsibility and sportsmanship.