International Women in Engineering Day 2022

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Happy International Women in Engineering Day! Every year on June 23rd, we join the community around the world honoring our inspiring women engineers. It’s a day to celebrate the ever-increasing contributions women are making to the field and a day to encourage more women to join the STEM community. Today’s celebration continues to mark our commitment to moving the needle on gender equity in the field. Simply put, we want more women in engineering jobs! 

Collectively, Altieri’s women engineers have 165 years’ experience providing MEPF (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection) engineering design services to architects and building owners. They are hardworking, driven, and extremely talented. Engineering wasn’t always their first career choice. Growing up, they had their sights set on a whole range of occupations – archaeologist, teacher, doctor, movie set designer, and even trapeze artist. Their very first jobs included cashier, pizza maker, babysitter, baker, being a busgirl at a Japanese hibachi restaurant, running a concession stand, cleaning and stocking a pharmacy, and working at the cafeteria at Lion Country Safari. Eventually, they found their path to engineering and haven’t looked back. 

Meet the Women of Altieri:

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From top left to bottom right: Angelica, Kari, Crystal, Kristen, Sara, Nona, Sheri, Luying

Angelica Hermanto, PE, LC, LEED AP, is an electrical engineer lighting-certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP).

Kari Nystrom, PE, LEED AP BC+C, CPHC, Principal is the first electrical engineer at Altieri with formal education in building environmental engineering and with a specialty in lighting. Kari is also the first and only female partner.

Crystal Salazar is an electrical engineer whose interest in AV/IT led her to join the Altieri team that designs AV, IT, and security systems.

Kristen Butts, PE, LEEP AP, WELL AP, Associate Principal is a mechanical engineer and 2021 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.

Sara Josephson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate is a mechanical engineer with additional expertise in commissioning, energy modeling, and LEED documentation.

Nona Rudd is the first and only woman plumbing engineer at Altieri.

Sheri Lussier has been designing fire protection systems for over 30 years.

Luying Zhai, PE, is a licensed fire protection engineer who completed impressive academic research while studying for her Master of Science in Fire Protection.