2024 40 Under 40: Liz Alford, PE, 32

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

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

Alford joined CMTA in 2015 as an engineering co-op student and became a full-time employee upon graduating in 2017. Since then, Alford has worked with Jefferson County Public Schools and has been an integral part of the HVAC renovations design team for seven existing high schools and two existing middle schools, totaling over $200 million in project construction costs. Additionally, she has designed two high-performance, new construction educational facilities with geothermal HVAC systems for the district. She recently led building information modeling coordination efforts for a new five-story patient tower addition to an existing hospital, as well as for a new 3,750-ton central energy plant serving an existing hospital. Alford is passionate about finding unique design solutions and learning new ways to optimize central plants. In 2019, she began investing in CMTA’s co-op program by conducting employment interviews and has attended numerous university recruiting events to develop the next generation of young engineers. Alford has spoken to several Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapters about high-performance mechanical systems and participated at the SWE conference in Los Angeles. She is passionate about reaching women in the engineering field and educating them about opportunities in the built environment. Alford is committed to both engaging future generations of engineers and working to provide an occupant-focused built environment that serves the needs of her clients. Outside of the office, Alford enjoys playing on adult league soccer indoor teams or playing beer league softball with her wife’s law firm.