2015 40 Under 40: Sam Allen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 31

Senior Mechanical Engineer, AECOM, Columbus, Ohio BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University


Sam Allen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 31 Senior Mechanical Engineer, AECOM, Columbus, Ohio BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State UniversitySam Allen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 31 Senior Mechanical Engineer, AECOM, Columbus, Ohio BS Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University

Allen began his HVAC career as a designer for Heapy Engineering, Columbus, Ohio, while attending Ohio State University. After graduating, he quickly moved into designing large complex mechanical systems-including one of the largest geothermal fields in central Ohio. From there he went on to manage a mechanical team at KLH Engineers in Columbus. At age 29, he was promoted to senior associate. KLH leadership cited his dedication, technical excellence, and client satisfaction as reasons for the promotion, which was a precursor to KLH ownership, and which afforded him voting privileges on the board of directors. In 2013, he accepted a position at Columbus-based AECOM (previously URS) as senior mechanical engineer. Working primarily in the data center field, he is currently the lead mechanical engineer for a 1.1 million-sq-ft, 128 MW prototype data center project. He approaches his design with the people and the communities who will actually use the buildings in mind. Allen volunteers with various organizations, recently speaking in high schools about the HVAC industry. He has served on the executive leadership teams for the local professional organizations of ASHRAE, USGBC, and the Ohio State Solar Decathlon Team. He organized and led other volunteers to help hurricane-affected areas of Mississippi through Habitat for Humanity/PDA. And in his spare time, he has maintained his long-standing title of Concord Softball's "strike-out king" for his legendary whiffs and failures-to-connect with perfect pitches in the leagues that he has organized, recruited, and coached.

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Exploring fire pumps and systems; Lighting energy codes; Salary survey; Changes to NFPA 20
How to use IPD; 2017 Commissioning Giants; CFDs and harmonic mitigation; Eight steps to determine plumbing system requirements
2017 MEP Giants; Mergers and acquisitions report; ASHRAE 62.1; LEED v4 updates and tips; Understanding overcurrent protection
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; VFDs in high-performance buildings
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me