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Announcing the New 2024 Principals

We take great pride in introducing the largest class of new principals in AEI history – Steve Dowd, Tyler Dykes, Ron Edwards, Keith Garratt, Kevin Jayne, Jessica Mangler, Jamie Newton, Megan Stewart, and Kwongyee Yeong. Each of them has been recognized for their outstanding contribution to engineering, innovation, and the industry and has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to AEI, partners, and clients.

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Steve Dowd

In the initial half of his 11-year tenure at AEI, Steve focused on evaluating building performance, particularly in aiding early design decision-making. The latter part shifted towards data analytics, notably marked by the widespread adoption of Microsoft's Power BI, significantly altering existing workflows and introducing new project scopes. Applying these skills primarily in the life sciences and higher education markets, Steve excels in translating complex subject matter without oversimplifying, driven by a profound respect for the fundamentals and an enduring commitment to lifelong learning. Steve remains dedicated to fostering AEI's culture of knowledge sharing, contributing to the development of future generations of AEI talent.

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Tyler Dykes

Tyler assisted AEI's growing High Performance Design practice, contributing to the development of LEED Platinum projects like the University of Florida Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona and the University of Florida Clinical Research Translation Building. Over the past decade, Tyler has not only expanded AEI's collaborations with local institutions, including Florida State University, the University of Florida, and NASA. Serving as a leader in the Florida science and technology market, Tyler mentors future leaders, fosters client relationships based on trust, respect, and outstanding service, and positions AEI as a valuable resource for new clients such as Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Miami.

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Ron Edwards

Ron's extensive and diverse client experience spans laboratories, high-rise structures, historic landmarks, museums, casinos, performing arts centers, gaming/hospitality, and international ventures. This breadth of exposure has broadened his expertise and honed his capacity to understand and meet unique client expectations across various building types and geographical locations. In recent years, Ron has transitioned to focus on project management, cultivating client relationships, leading projects, and nurturing connections with institutions like Duke University, the University of Virginia, Clemson University, the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Syngenta.

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Keith Garratt

Before joining AEI, Keith devoted the majority of his career to working in integrated architecture and engineering firms, specializing in healthcare and energy systems for clients in both the private and public sectors. Upon joining AEI, alongside Jamie Newton, he held a key role in establishing a new office in Boston, MA. The office has expanded to nearly 30 members in the last three years, emphasizing energy and utility, science and technology, and healthcare markets. Keith actively engages in business development and project management, with a primary focus on the growth of AEI’s Boston office.

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Kevin Jayne

Starting as an entry-level engineer in AEI's Madison office, Kevin gained early exposure to diverse projects across all core market sectors before specializing in healthcare. Serving as the project mechanical engineer for various Wisconsin healthcare projects at Meriter Hospital, University of Wisconsin, and St. Elizabeth Hospitals, Kevin played a pivotal role in maintaining and expanding longstanding relationships for AEI. In 2014, he joined a University of Colorado Health project in Denver, which evolved into an opportunity to establish a Denver office in 2016. In these seven years, Kevin has been a driving force in transforming the Denver office into a full-service operation, supporting all disciplines and projects across core market sectors.

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Jessica Mangler

Since joining AEI, Jessica has consistently demonstrated strong motivation and drive, leaving a notable impact on clients and within the firm. Her AEI journey began with significant contributions to prominent healthcare projects at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, later evolving to focus on science and technology as well as life sciences markets. Jessica's technical expertise, commitment to sustainable practices, and diligence led to her role as a mechanical leader on state-of-the-art laboratory projects. Her noteworthy achievement was the net-zero shared laboratory complex for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and the Department of Agriculture. Beyond projects, Jessica actively promotes AEI by presenting at professional conferences, contributing to industry publications, and playing a role in AEI's podcast, "Engineering the Future."

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Jamie Newton

During his 35-year tenure in Boston, Jamie has dedicated his efforts to cultivating strong client relationships, particularly within the healthcare and institutional sectors across the northeast. His leadership in overseeing large-scale projects has resulted in the establishment of a robust network of partners throughout the region. In the last three years at AEI, Jamie has actively participated in numerous decarbonization studies for institutional and commercial clients, such as Dartmouth College, Mass General Brigham, Tufts Medical Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and SmartLabs.

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Megan Stewart

In her 22-year tenure at AEI, Megan has significantly excelled in client relations, securing and overseeing recurring projects for prestigious institutions, such as the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Her diverse portfolio spans complex healthcare, higher education, and science and technology projects, including advanced labs and healthcare renovations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Megan held the pivotal leadership role for over a decade in developing the award-winning 800,000-square-foot University of Washington School of Medicine campus in Seattle's South Lake Union. Her exceptional ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders was instrumental in establishing effective collaboration and delivering extraordinary results.

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Kwongyee Yeong

Throughout his 22-year tenure at AEI, Kwongyee has emerged as a distinguished industry leader, specializing in healthcare facilities engineering and energy and utilities design. He offers strategic thinking, effective planning, and innovative solutions to the facility’s long-term operational success in such areas as systems reliability, energy efficiency, and maintainability. Kwongyee's project portfolio at AEI boasts notable endeavors in scale and complexity, including the Amgen Helix Campus, Ascension Health Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Houston Methodist Hospital - Walter Tower, and, most recently, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) New Patient Tower project. In 2022, Kwongyee relocated to Austin, Texas, playing a pivotal role in the launch of AEI's 19th permanent office in April 2023.

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