Principal Mechanical Engineer
Started with Firm: 2005
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
B.S. Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)
Gayathri Vijayakumar is a Principal Mechanical Engineer at SWA. For over 17 years, she has specialized in evaluating residential and multifamily buildings with an emphasis on high-performance construction and renewable energy systems.
Early in her career, Gayathri provided technical assistance to sustainability projects by performing energy modeling and conducting cost-benefit analyses of energy efficient measures in both new and existing residential construction. She leveraged that experience for her current role: providing consulting to federal, state, and local agencies, codes, and programs to develop emerging standards and procedures that involve energy efficiency and indoor air quality requirements. This includes the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Multifamily New Construction Programs, where she has provided technical support since 2008, and more recently, their Indoor airPLUS program.
Gayathri is also an active contributor to various technical committees that share a goal of improving codes and standards. She currently is a voting member of the 2024 IECC Residential Consensus Committee and Chair of RESNET’s Standards Development Committee, SDC300.