2016 40 Under 40: Sara Lappano, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C, 36

Principal, Electrical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C.   BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Penn State University


Sara Lappano, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C, 36. Principal, Electrical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C. BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Penn State University. Courtesy: SmithGroupJJRSara Lappano, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C, 36

Principal, Electrical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C.

BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Penn State University

Lappano joined the Washington, D.C., office of SmithGroupJJR in 2004 after earning her BS and MS degrees in architectural engineering, with an emphasis on lighting and electrical design. Since then, she has risen to lead the electrical design on some of the firm's largest and most challenging projects. In her role of lead electrical engineer, she recently completed the design of the widely reported Museum of the Bible, a $400 million, 430,000-sq-ft building renovation. For the museum, she designed an innovative backup power system composed of eight paralleled natural gas generators. Lappano is a strong advocate of sustainable design and has designed electrical and renewable energy systems for several of the firm's net zero energy buildings. She played an integral role in SmithGroupJJR's design of the renewable energy systems for the Brock Environmental Center, which recently reached the 1-year milestone for net zero energy performance. The photovoltaic and wind turbine systems she designed have generated 86% more energy to date than the building has consumed, making it a great success story and a model of net zero energy design. For the past 2 years, she has served as the engineering discipline leader for SmithGroupJJR's 120 engineers. Her regular interaction with this multidisciplinary engineering group helps ensure consistency and cohesion across the firm. Lappano volunteers at a large urban community garden and has served on its management committee. She is also an avid cyclist and endurance race specialist. She competes in a variety of endurance races, particularly triathlons. In 2015, she competed in five triathlons, including a 70.3-mile half-distance Ironman race. She is currently training for her first 140.6-mile Ironman race.

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