2024 40 Under 40: Robin Graves, PE, LEED AP, 40

Mechanical Department Facilitator and Engineer, Affiliated Engineers Inc.; BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer May 13, 2024

Starting as an intern at Affiliated Engineers Inc., Graves has swiftly advanced her career. Initially focusing on prominent health care projects, she now spearheads some of the firm’s most intricate science and technology endeavors, notably in technically complex laboratory and research facilities. Recognized for her expertise in HVAC systems and unwavering commitment to sustainability, Graves now manages AEI’s largest mechanical department. Her portfolio boasts cutting-edge designs such as chilled beams, underfloor air distribution, natural ventilation and atrium smoke control systems. Beyond her technical prowess, Graves is instrumental in talent development, having pioneered a training program for new hires in partnership with her alma mater, UW-Madison. Her organizational development involvement extends to project tours and interactive training sessions, enriching AEI’s internship program. Graves is also a dedicated educator, teaching an extension course for adults at UW-Madison. In addition, on the UW-Madison campus, she has taught an introductory mechanical engineering course since 2015, as well as partnered with numerous student organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the ASHRAE, the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Science and Engineering, delivering insightful presentations and reaching more than 2,000 undergraduate students. Recognized by ASHRAE, Graves received the 2024 ASHRAE First Place Technology Award for her invaluable contributions to Promega’s Kornberg Center. Beyond her professional accolades, Graves maintains a fulfilling personal life. She volunteers, finds joy in hiking and gardening and actively participates on her local library’s community board. Graves exemplifies a dynamic industry leader, blending technical excellence with a commitment to mentorship and community engagement.