2023 40 Under 40: Courtney Myers, PE, 28
Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes; BS, Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland
As a student at the University of Maryland, Myers was one of four people selected from the undergraduate fire protection engineering department to research Xtralis’ open-area smoke imaging detection devices. After graduating, she began her tenure with Jensen Hughes as an intern before advancing to become a full-time employee. Her role involves providing fire protection, fire alarm, smoke and egress modeling and life safety code consultation and design services for various types of facilities, including multifamily residential, commercial office, historic landmarks, government facilities and large assembly buildings. According to her peers, she is a versatile and sought after team member, who is not only highly technical and knowledgeable, but an integral member of Jensen Hughes’ office where she is involved in the Women in Technology group, as well as regularly assisting and mentoring younger engineers. Outside of work, Myers serves as a board member for the Arlington County Local Board of Building Code Appeals where she hears appeals from county residents on various topics regarding building code violation notices. According to Myers, this position has allowed her to improve her interpersonal skills by working closely with the panel to make informed decisions that honestly serves the county and its residents. In her leisure time, she can be found enjoying a good book, particularly in the historical fiction, mystery and thriller genres. She also enjoys traveling, having visited South Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and the Dominican Republic in the past few years.