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Young Engineer of the Year

Alyssa Wingenfield, 2013 Young Engineer of the Year

Alyssa Wingenfield, LEEP AP, has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2013 Young Engineer of the Year Award. Alyssa is a member of the Central PA Chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. She is an energy services specialist for McClure Company, located in Harrisburg, PA.

Alyssa is the daughter of Jon and Kim Adams and older sister of Jonene Adams of Lykens, PA.  Alyssa currently resides in Elizabethtown, PA with her husband, Justin Wingenfield.

Alyssa was encouraged into engineering at a young age by her uncle.  As a student of Upper Dauphin Area High School, Alyssa began to develop her engineering skills by taking advanced placement math and science classes as well as drafting courses. In 2004, Alyssa was accepted into Penn State University’s engineering program.  As a student, Alyssa was the involved with many organizations outside of her rigorous curriculum. She was President of S:PACE (the Student Chapter of the Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence), Vice President of the ASHRAE student branch, held multiple leadership positions including Lead Mentor with WEP (Women in Engineering Program) and cofounded Penn State's student chapter of MCAA (Mechanical Contractors Association of America).  During her summers, Alyssa participated in a variety of internships. She was a consulting engineer with CenterPoint Engineering (Mechanicsburg, PA), a project engineer for Southland Industries (Sterling, VA) and a design build intern for McClure Company.  In 2009, Alyssa graduated with a Bachelors of Architectural Engineering degree, with a focus on mechanical building systems.

After graduation, Alyssa began her career as a mechanical designer for McClure Company.  Much of her first year focused on project development, in which she worked on preliminary project design and estimating.  The following year, Alyssa’s title and career shifted to Energy Services Specialist, in which she designed and developed energy conservation measures for energy service contracts.  While K-12 schools and municipalities were her main focus, Alyssa was also exposed to traditional design build projects including office buildings and healthcare facilities. Seeing Alyssa’s passion in public speaking and working with customers, McClure began cultivating her project development skills.  As Alyssa transitions into a new business development position this year, she will utilize her technical knowledge and interpersonal skills to provide customer assistance to clients during project development.  Alyssa is also her department’s “Green Expert”, where she provides design and intercompany support in LEED and sustainable initiatives. 

With a passion for engineering and desire to help others, Alyssa continues her participation in professional engineering societies and student outreach as a professional.  Since 2009, Alyssa has made an impressive impact as a member of the Central PA ASHRAE chapter.  Alyssa has served on the chapter’s board of governors and held many leadership positions including student activities chair, treasurer, and president elect. This year, Alyssa was voted the first female president of the chapter, where her primary goal is to increase student activity involvement, with a focus on elementary and high school students. Alyssa is also on the steering committee for Central PA Future Cities, a national project based competition where student teams design and build cities of the future.  As teacher coordinator, Alyssa is responsible for school recruitment and team outreach.  Another group that Alyssa has had a legacy of participating is the Women in Engineering Program (WEP) at Penn State.  For over nine years, Alyssa has provided engineering mentorship both as a student and as an industry professional.

Alyssa is blessed to have an amazing family, group of friends and employer.  She would like to thank them for all their encouragement and support throughout her engineering career.


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