2024 40 under 40: Jamison Caldwell, PE, LEED AP, 38

Principal, Mechanical Engineer, SmithGroup; BS, Lafayette College

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

Caldwell is a distinguished mechanical engineer renowned for his contributions to decarbonization and high-performance building design. Based in Washington, D.C., he is a leading figure at SmithGroup, driving innovation and sustainability in engineering solutions. Caldwell’s journey began in central Maryland, where a high school engineering class ignited his passion for design. At Lafayette College, he pursued mechanical engineering while playing varsity lacrosse. After college, his focus shifted to high-performance building design and sustainability and he swiftly gained expertise in the mission critical field. Caldwell’s portfolio spans diverse sectors including higher education, science and technology, health care and cultural institutions. Notable projects include the Henry Ford Cancer Institute Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion and the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus. Caldwell spearheaded electrification efforts at Virginia Tech, showcasing his commitment to clean energy solutions and decarbonization. He also has contributed to campuswide carbon emission reduction planning, exemplified by his work at North Carolina State University. Caldwell also has worked on R&D initiatives, focusing on patentable concepts for increased building efficiency. He has served on SmithGroup’s national engineering standards team and continues to be a major contributor in ensuring the firm efficiently and effectively delivers. His passion for sustainability extends to several articles he has written with an emphasis on evidence-based operational decision-making and the potential of heat pumps in environmentally conscious design and has delivered presentations on these topics over the last year. Caldwell enjoys being outside with his family, opting for sailing, kayaking, biking or just chasing their German Shorthaired Pointer dog. Caldwell lives with his wife, who he met in high school, and their two young children.