Team

Our Engineers and Designers

Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers has always focused on being a great place to work.  A cohesive team environment with a focus on communication allows us to deliver well-coordinated projects on time and above Client expectations.  Our balanced team of technically adept professionals showcases a wide range of educations, affiliations, certifications, and real-world HVAC design experiences.

A cohesive team environment

STEVEN HAS OVER 42 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, PRIMARILY IN AREAS OF EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE FACILITY DESIGN.

Steven Ainsworth, M.E.

Title: Principal Mechanical Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional

Education: Bachelor of Science Engineering, Concentration in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis
Obispo.

Licenses: Mechanical Engineer, California: #M-22685, Nevada: #M-8139, Hawaii: #M-9138, Colorado: #M-32720, Idaho: #M8911, Mississippi: #M-14089, Washington: # M-36729

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California, California Society of Hospital Engineers. Experience & Qualifications: Steven has more than forty-two years of mechanical engineering experience, primarily in the area of healthcare facility, laboratory and university design. Steve has been a principal of the firm since 1988.

As a Principal Engineer, Steven has extensive knowledge and experience in the mechanical design for all types of education and healthcare facilities. He has been involved in excess of 700 healthcare orientated projects and over 400 education related projects. Projects range from complete new facilities with large central plants to remodeling within the confines of an existing building. He also has experience in laboratory, data center and office building design.

Steven is responsible for design activity, supervision of engineering and production personnel, specification writing, construction observation and corporate administration.

ALISON HAS OVER 13 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HVAC, PLUMBING, GEOTHERMAL EXCHANGE DESIGN AND BUILDING ENERGY MODELING.

Alison Hall, P.E.

Title: Principal Mechanical Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, CPD

Education: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Licenses: Professional Engineer, Nevada: #021194, California: #M36909, Texas: #121301, Arizona: #68221, Utah: #11136957-2202, Oregon: #94338PE, New Mexico: #25454

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers(ASPE), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)

Experience & Qualifications: Alison has over 13 years of experience in HVAC and Plumbing design, Geothermal Exchange design, and building energy modeling. Alison has been a principal of the firm since 2018.

The focus of Alison’s education has been in the Thermal Sciences.

Alison also has experience in the area of energy analysis and measurement and verification of high-efficiency equipment performance as well as continuing education with AutoCAD MEP and Revit software and building energy modeling.

As a design engineer, Alison has performed thorough energy analyses on buildings of various sizes using energy analysis software including Carrier HAP, Energy Pro, Energy Plus, and DOE-2’s eQUEST.

Alison is responsible for HVAC and plumbing system design and oversight, geothermal exchange design, building energy modeling, report writing, specification writing and construction administration.

ROGER HAS 14 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HVAC & PLUMBING DESIGN AND BUILDING ENERGY MODELING.

Roger Gravelle

Title: Principal, LEED AP BD+C, CPD

Education: Bachelor of Science, Education Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno, 2008.

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Experience & Qualifications: Roger has over 14 years’ experience with mechanical design, primarily in the areas of Education and Healthcare Facility Design.

As a mechanical designer, Roger is responsible for HVAC and plumbing system design activities, as well as specification writing and construction administration. As a firm principal, Roger is responsible for HVAC and plumbing system design oversight.

Roger also has experience with Computer Aided Drafting and Design software, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and has applied design software such as Autodesk’s Revit to model the mechanical and plumbing systems of buildings. Roger has been responsible for the calculations and documentation for mechanical related LEED credits on over seven projects. He also has experience in energy analysis and measurement and verification of high-efficiency equipment performance. Further, Roger has achieved his professional certifications for LEED BD+C as well as Certified Plumbing Designer.

Greg has over 38 years’ experience in the HVAC and plumbing design Industry.

Greg Maestas

Title: Associate

Education: Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Nevada, Reno

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)

Continuing Education: Autodesk’s Revit, LEED and Energy Analysis

Certifications: ASPE Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD)

Experience & Qualifications: Greg has over 38 years in the HVAC and plumbing design industry involving a wide range of project system types and sizes. Project experience includes design and management of projects from conception through project close-out and commissioning. Greg’s specialized experience is in educational facilities, healthcare facilities, restaurants, office buildings, laboratories, dormitories, retail, and a wide range of remodel work and tenant improvements. Greg’s job duties also include specification writing, cost estimating, energy analysis using Carrier HAP software, and plan/peer review tasks.

Bruce has over 35 years’ design experience, primarily in the areas of commercial, educational, and corrections Facility Design.

Bruce Nipp, M.E.

Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Concentration in HVACR, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Licenses: Mechanical Engineer, Nevada: #M-6785, California: #M-23119

Professional Affiliations: United States Green Building Council (USGBC), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Experience & Qualifications: Bruce has more than 35 years of mechanical engineering experience, primarily in the areas of commercial facilities, educational facilities, and correctional facilities, including design and evaluation of large central heating and cooling plants.

Bruce was employed at the Nevada State Public Works Division for over 30 years where he was responsible for oversight of mechanical systems design for a significant variety of projects including projects for commercial, military, educational, and correctional facilities. Mr. Nipp managed a staff of mechanical, electrical, structural, and civil engineers with oversight of project scope development, project cost estimating, project design review, and construction administration efforts.

Mr. Nipp is responsible for office mentorship and project quality assessment & quality control on various projects for Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers. Bruce is also responsible for maintaining and evolving the company’s standard specifications and details libraries.

Larry has over 30 years’ design experience, primarily in the areas of commercial and geothermal systems.

Larry Green, M.E.

Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

Licenses: Mechanical Engineer, Nevada: #M-7834, California: #M-31631

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)

Experience & Qualifications: Larry has more than 30 years of mechanical engineering experience, including mechanical design of commercial and institutional facilities, high-temperature piping systems, and geothermal energy systems.

Larry has provided the mechanical design for conventional HVAC systems, laboratories, ground-source heat pump systems, industrial ventilation systems, district heating systems, and solar thermal systems. He has been part of a university facilities services team responsible for all mechanical aspects of new and remodel construction projects. As operations manager of a geothermal power plant, he was responsible for all aspects of operations and maintenance including management of staff and consultants, engineering and construction, supervision of plant improvements, implementation of safety and training programs, and management of permitting compliance. In the area of geothermal power generation, he has provided project feasibility studies and economic analyses, design of plant efficiency and reliability improvements, and provided engineering design and project management including preparation of plant construction drawings and specifications.

DAVE HAS OVER 23 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HVAC, PLUMBING AND SITE DEVELOPMENT DESIGN.

Dave Mason, P.E.

Title: Senior Mechanical Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Engineering Technology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

Continuing Education: HVAC Controls, AutoCAD, Fire Suppression

Licenses: Mechanical Engineer, California: #M33577, Nevada: #030849

Experience & Qualifications: Dave has over 23 years of HVAC and Plumbing design experience. Working for the State of California, he performed design work for Cal Fire. He also designed facilities for multiple other departments throughout the state through the Department of General Services. His most impactful work was as Technical Lead for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) where he drafted code amendments and focused on infection control in the built environment of the healthcare industry. Dave currently serves on the Technical Committee for ASHRAE 170, Ventilation of Healthcare Facilities and serves on the Board for the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers as VP, Technical. Recognized for his expertise in infection control, Dave was asked to assist multiple public entities throughout California to guide their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to his A&E work, Dave spent several years as an aircraft structures engineer including development work for Boeing Commercial Aircraft and the manufacture of several satellites. He has also acquired professional registrations and experience in the investment industry.

JOHN HAS OVER SIX YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HVAC, PLUMBING, HYDRAULIC DESIGN, AND BUILDING ENERGY MODELING.

John Bigda, P.E.

Title: Mechanical Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Master of Business Administration, University of Nevada, Reno.

Licenses: Professional Engineer, Nevada: #027095

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)- Chapter President, ASPE

Experience & Qualifications: John has over six years of experience in HVAC and plumbing design, hydraulic design, and building energy modeling.

As a design engineer, John has performed thorough energy analyses on industrial, commercial, and residential buildings of various sizes using energy analysis software including Carrier HAP, Manual J, S, & D worksheets, and Cool Calcs.

John also has experience in the area of energy analysis and measurement and verification of high-efficiency equipment performance as well as continuing education with AutoCAD M&P and Revit software and building energy modeling.

John is responsible for HVAC and plumbing system design, building energy modeling, report writing, specification writing, and construction administration.

MORGAN HAS OVER 12 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HVAC AND BUILDING AUTOMATION CONTROLS.

Morgan Goff, P.E.

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

Licenses: Professional Engineer, Nevada: #030454

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Experience & Qualifications: Morgan has over 12 years of experience in HVAC and building automation controls. Morgan started work at Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers in September 2017.

Morgan has performed thorough energy analyses on buildings of various sizes using energy analysis software including Carrier HAP & Energy Plus. In his project manager roll, Morgan emphasizes building strong industry relationships within both the design and construction phases to strengthen and broaden his own knowledge base.

The focus of Morgan’s education has been in Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Morgan is responsible for HVAC and plumbing system design and oversight, building energy modeling, report writing, and construction administration.

CRUZ HAS OVER FIVE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN HVAC, PLUMBING, AND GEOTHERMAL DESIGN, AND BUILDING ENERGY MODELING.

Cruz Kerver, P.E.

Title: Mechanical Engineer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Licenses: Professional Engineer, Nevada: #029646

Experience & Qualifications: Cruz has experience in HVAC, Plumbing, and Geothermal Exchange design, building energy modeling, and AutoCAD and Revit modeling.

As a mechanical engineer, Cruz investigates and performs calculations necessary for mechanical and plumbing design tasks such as duct sizing, equipment selection, pipe sizing, and plumbing fixture selection. Cruz also uses energy analysis software to determine efficient systems suitable for buildings analyzed. He is also responsible for compiling the energy modeling results into reports to relay and make suggestions for the analyzed building based upon the results.

Cruz’s education includes classes in the thermal sciences including thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics.

MARK HAS FIVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN HVAC AND PLUMBING DESIGN, DRAFTING, AND MANUFACTURING.

Mark Martinez, E.I.

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

Licenses: State of Nevada, Engineer Intern (EI)

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Experience & Qualifications: Mark has five years of experience in HVAC and plumbing design, drafting, and manufacturing.

In his role as a mechanical designer, Mark performs tasks related to mechanical and plumbing systems design including calculations, building information modeling (BIM), sizing pipes and ducts, and making equipment selections. These tasks are accomplished by using tools such as AutoCAD, Revit, Carrier’s Hourly Analysis Program, MS Excel, and more. Additionally, Mark employs his AutoCAD skills and experience when drafting to proficiently communicate said designs in an effective manner.

Mark’s education in mechanical engineering includes courses in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing, and computer-aided design. His minor in renewable energy included education in sustainable design.

Anthony has over five years of experience in the construction and mechanical engineering industry.

Anthony Mazotti

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Experience & Qualifications: Before joining Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers, Anthony worked as a project manager in construction at a large mechanical contractor in California. He gained valuable on-site experience that has aided in his ability to design HVAC and plumbing systems with field constructability and cost implications in mind.

As a Mechanical Designer, Anthony works directly with Architects, Electrical Engineers, contractors, and facility owners to design new or replacement mechanical and plumbing systems specific to the project needs. He is also responsible for load calculations, specification writing, and construction administration on the project’s that he helps lead.

Anthony’s education includes energy-balance and thermal sciences coursework consisting of Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Intermediate Thermodynamics. He is versed in design software including AutoCAD, Revit, HAP, BIM360, and Bluebeam Revu.

MATT HAS THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN HVAC AND PLUMBING DESIGN.

Matt Wieland, E.I.

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Concentration in HVACR, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Licenses: State of Nevada, Engineer Intern (EI)

Experience & Qualifications: Matt has over three years’ experience in HVAC and Plumbing design, pipe stress analysis, and load calculations.

As a mechanical designer, Matt performs mechanical and plumbing engineering tasks to determine appropriate system equipment sizes. These tasks include building information modeling, analyzing central plant performance data, pipe sizing, duct sizing, pipe stress analysis, fluid dynamic analysis, and making equipment selections. Matt utilizes programs such as HAP, AutoCAD, Pipe-flo, CaePipe and Revit to accurately model the project at hand.

Matt’s education focused on classes pertaining to the HVACR field including thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, thermal system design, building heating and cooling loads, air and water distribution design, and refrigeration principles and design.

AUSTIN HAS EXPERIENCE IN HVAC & PLUMBING DESIGN AND LOAD CALCULATIONS.

Austin Schroeder

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Experience & Qualifications: Prior to AAME, Austin was owner and operator of his own business locally in Reno, Nevada. His gumption accrued experience within the community and has allowed him to excel in interpersonal communication aiding him in the mechanical consulting industry.

Within his role as mechanical designer, Austin will be assisting in a multitude of projects with regards to plumbing and mechanical design. These designs utilize modeling and calculating software such as: Revit, Carrier HAP, AutoCAD, Excel and BIM360. Mr. Schroeder works firsthand with Architects, General Contractors, Electrical Engineers, and fellow Mechanical Engineers to conduct efficient and cost effective new and retrofit construction in the greater Northern Nevada area.

Austin’s education included courses in Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Computer-Aided Design and Mechanical Design. With rapidly changing technology, Austin focuses on staying up to date on all new design software and continues to develop project management skills.

JACOB HAS OVER THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY.

Jacob Falconer

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Experience & Qualifications: Before joining Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers, Jacob worked as a commissioning agent intern in construction where he learned valuable information on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment and operation firsthand. He uses this firsthand knowledge in the design and implementation of the projects he helps lead at Ainsworth.

As a Mechanical Designer, Jacob works directly with Architects, Electrical Engineers, contractors, and facility owners to design new or replacement heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems specific to the project needs. He is also responsible for creating construction drawings utilizing design software such as AutoCAD, Revit, BIM360, and Bluebeam Revu.

Jacob’s education includes coursework consisting of Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Intermediate Fluid Mechanics. Jacob is versed in design software including AutoCAD, Revit, HAP, BIM360, and Bluebeam Revu. Jacob has over three years’ experience in the construction and mechanical engineering industry.

JACOB HAS EXPERIENCE IN HVAC AND PLUMBING DESIGN AND LOAD CALCULATIONS.

Jacob Roll

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Senior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Mechanical Engineering.

Experience & Qualifications: Before joining AAME, Jacob worked through several engineering internships gaining valuable work experience in drafting and manufacturing.

In his position at Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineers, Jacob performs several tasks in the scope of mechanical and plumbing design, including Building Information Modeling (BIM), duct design, pipe sizing, and performing computer generated heating load calculations. Jacob has become proficient with the myriad software used by the firm including Autodesk’s Revit and AutoCAD, Carrier HAP, and Microsoft Office.

Jacobs’s education includes courses in thermal sciences which include heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics. Jacob’s curriculum has also included courses in mechanical design and the computer-aided design process.

 

WESLEY HAS EXPERIENCE IN HVAC AND PLUMBING DESIGN, DRAFTING, AND BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING.

Wes Wilson

Title: Mechanical Designer

Education: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno (Graduation May 2023)

Professional Affiliations: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Experience & Qualifications: Wesley has been with the firm for one year and has rapidly gained experience in HVAC and plumbing design, drafting, and energy modeling. Wesley spent 20 years in the construction industry both as an installer and general contractor. Wesley also has four years’ military experience as a deep-sea diver in the army with a one-year deployment to Iraq. As a sergeant in the military, Wes learned about project and time management in team environments.

Wesley’s experience with the firm includes project setup, performing building load calculations, sizing and modeling pipes and ducts, and making equipment selections. These tasks are accomplished by using tools such as MS Office, AutoCAD, Revit, Carrier’s HAP, and more. Wesley employs his AutoCAD and Revit experience to proficiently communicate said designs in an effective manner.

Wesley’s education includes courses in heat transfer, fluid dynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing, computer-aided design, and more.

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