2016 40 Under 40: Deborah Steimel-Clair, PE, LC, 35

Lighting Studio Manager, Primera Engineers, Chicago   BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

05/16/2016


Deborah Steimel-Clair, PE, LC, 35. Lighting Studio Manager, Primera Engineers, Chicago. BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University. Courtesy: Primera EngineersDeborah Steimel-Clair, PE, LC, 35

Lighting Studio Manager, Primera Engineers, Chicago

BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

After earning her degrees, Steimel-Clair began her career at Primera Engineers in Chicago. In the past 12 years, she has grown within the firm, moving from an entry-level electrical engineer to heading up the company's Lighting Studio. She has worked on schools, parks, streetscapes, labs, piers, ice rinks, restaurants, harbors, dorms, and everything in between. She has led large-scale projects for electrical design while providing lighting design, daylight studies, and project management. Recently, Steimel-Clair was presented with an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society and a Gold Medal Design Award from the Association of Licensed Architects for her lighting design and electrical work on the Galewood Elementary School project. Steimel-Clair has provided pro bono theatrical lighting design services to Alan B. Shepard High School and the Beverly Hills University Club. She serves on the buildings resource committees at All Day Montessori and St. Barnabas schools and has helped these locations make educated, informed decisions about their lighting upgrade projects. Steimel-Clair also serves as a mentor at Alan B. Shepard High School and through the Chicago Scholars Program. She mentors technically focused students on a regular basis and says she has a special place in her heart for women looking to get into a STEM career. Steimel-Clair is a seasoned crocheter and baker and is frequently trying new patterns or recipes. Her husband and children have no shortage of scarves or hats for the winter, and they are eager taste-testers for her desserts. She loves to bike and is an avid skier. However, her favorite pastime is traveling. She has been to 39 states, nine countries, and three continents during her lifetime and is always looking for her next adventure.



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.
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
Integrating electrical and HVAC for energy efficiency; Mixed-use buildings; ASHRAE 90.4; Wireless fire alarms assessment and challenges
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