Jason Atkisson


I'm the son of a fourth-generation plumber/pipefitter. Throughout high school, I worked for my father's company. One extremely hot and humid July afternoon, my father and I were in a 3'6" x 3'6" perimeter utility tunnel, hand threading 3" steel steam piping, and he looked at me and said, ‘Son, go to college.’”

I took his advice, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave the mechanical industry. So here I am, designing the same systems I used to install.

Jason Atkisson’s career has spanned mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing, and fire protection systems design, detailed project planning, organizational management, development of technical staff, and project management and leadership. A technically focused project manager primarily serving in the higher education and science and technology markets, Jason has specific expertise in hydronic and steam systems and high-performance laboratory design, including the design of numerous highly stable laser/optic laboratory environments. He is actively involved with ASHRAE, serving on multiple technical committees where he writes and edits several handbook chapters and fills a variety of leadership positions.

Jason’s previous projects involve research facilities for the University of Kansas, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Iowa, and Caltech’s Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience. He has contributed to and led a host of research lab projects for the University of Chicago, including the William Eckhardt Research Center, where he successfully designed precise laser laboratories that were added after completion.

Outside of his work at AEI, Jason continues his involvement in ASHRAE through technical committee memberships, such as TC 6.1 Hydronic and Steam Heating Equipment and Systems (chair), TC 7.1 Integrated Building Design, TC 9.7 Education Facilities, and TC 9.10 Laboratory Systems.