Sheila Hayter, Group Manager with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was named recently as President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during the industry group’s
annual conference in Houston, Texas.

As part of her inaugural presidential address, Hayter revealed her term’s theme will be ‘Building Our New Energy Future.’ It focuses on the important role buildings playing in our energy future as the traditional electrical grid continues to evolve towards a smart grid with
advances in renewable energy. Hayter joined NREL in 1992 and has led a team of experts in the Integrated Applications Center, supporting international, federal, state, and local entities with the goal of significantly reducing nonrenewable energy consumption through optimised use of energy efficiency strategies and renewable energy technologies, as well as addressing challenges to increase resiliency in the built environment.

Hayter is a registered professional engineer. She earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University. For Hayter, her roots in ASHRAE run deep. Her
father, Richard Hayter, served as the ASHRAE president from 1995–1996.