Stanford MS-CEE Civil Engineering Sustainable Design and Construction University of Wyoming Architectural Engineering with Honors Professional Engineer - CA License C86962 LEED Green Associate
Gretchen Heberling Schimelpfenig
Resides in E Palo Alto CA
For Mail Only: PO Box 306
Greensboro, MD21639
Fax: 443-926-9310

Schimelpfenig engineering • energy •
PE • construction

DC Native moving to Vermont with a Passion for Energy Efficiency and Buildings

In December 2016, I passed the California Civil PE examination, and am now a licensed professional civil engineer (license C 86962). My husband and I are relocating to Burlington, Vermont to be close to family and to join the thriving green economy.

My two years at Exponent, in Oakland CA, gave me valuable consulting and project management experience on a diverse array of electric construction projects. As a Schneider Fellow for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Research department in Washington, D.C., I published research on the topics of renewable energy technologies, thermal energy efficiency, and sustainable building construction.

I am a civil engineer passionate about building energy, a Stanford graduate ('14 Civil & Environmental Engineering - Sustainable Design and Construction: Energy), and a Tau Beta Pi scholar ('12 University of Wyoming, Architectural Engineering, WY-A chapter). I have been happily married to my college sweetheart, Mark Schimelpfenig, since May 2015. We currently live in Hayward, CA, with our two cats, Barty and Cedric.

My Recommendations

More about my career goals


I have always enjoyed interdisciplinary experiences. Efforts preceding 2015 use my maiden name, Gretchen Heberling.

  • Passed the California Civil PE examination (Construction Specialization).
  • Project consultant for Parkwood Technology Centre project in Cape Town, South Africa in cooperation with Stanford Engineers for a Sustainable World, Construction for Change, and Bottomup. (2014 - Present). Details here.
  • Elected Treasurer of National Association of Women in Construction, Greater East Bay Chapter (2015).
  • Awarded sterling silver belt buckle for my contributions to the Contra Costa – Moraga 230 kV Reconductoring project (Dec 2015), as Associate at Exponent.
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) published my research paper on geothermal energy technology and policy in America and Iceland (Feb 2015) Link to paper here. (GBIG research here)
  • Blogs and technical briefs published by the USGBC on LEED v4, hydroelectric energy, geothermal infrastructure, and green buildings in Iceland (2014-2015). Published GBC Blogs Here
  • Schneider Fellow (previously known as MAP Sustainable Energy Fellow) at the USGBC Research department in Washington, D.C., 2014 (press release here)  Final Report on Geothermal Energy in the U.S. 2014 MAP Fellows Report on Geothermal Energy
  • Principal Violin II, Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra, 2013-2014 (view program)
  • Elop*6 and Engineers for Sustainable World Team member, Participant in Stanford Graduate Summer Institute “Energy @ Stanford & SLAC”, 2013-2014 2013 Stanford Energy Club 2013 Summer Institute
  • Milton F. Lunch Graduate Fellow, NSPE & Victor O. Schinnerer, 2013 (press release) (final report) (interactive presentation)
  • Outstanding Senior, University of WY Architectural Engineering Dept., 2012
  • Awards Chair, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 2011-2012 (Women in Engineering release) and President, Mortar Board Senior Honors Society, 2011 (press release)
  • Associate Concertmaster, University of Wyoming Symphony, ('11-'12 season) (photo) and McElhone Symphony Awardee, UW Symphony, 2008-2012 (initial release)

Favorite Activities

My Employers

Exponent Engineering Oakland CA MAP Sustainable Energy Fellow, US Green Building Council Victor Schinnerer Insurance Underwriting - Construction Specialties Johns Hopkins CTY - Instructor University of Wyoming Honors Department Office Assistant Ace Hardware - Customer Service

Recommendations ( At LinkedIn )

Isis Murillo, Construction Consulting - Project Manager, Exponent Engineering

"Go-getter is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of Gretchen. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her while at Exponent, in which she has assisted me on various projects. Above all, I was impressed with her willingness to always go above and beyond to get things done quickly and accurately. Gretchen would be a true asset on any team requiring project controls, QA/QC, and project/program management support."

Craig Steigerwalt, Construction Consultant, Exponent Engineering

"Gretchen is fantastic to work with - very detail oriented and never turns down an opportunity to help. Her optimistic attitude and eagerness to learn rubs off on everyone in the group, making her an outstanding asset to the Company. There's no task I wouldn't trust her to accomplish to the highest degree of quality."

Winnie (Davis) Hung, Senior Manager, Exponent Engineering

"Gretchen is a very conscientious and organized worker. She excels in training and performing knowledge transfer (especially in P6 scheduling) with people of various skillsets and background. She is on top of her tasks and a responsible team member."

Dan Winters, Senior Fellow - Business Strategy and Finance, USGBC

"Gretchen's tenure as Stanford MAP Fellow was spent onsite at the US Green Building Council in Washington DC where she tackled several high-profile projects, delivered exceptional work, and emerged as a strong leader. I highly recommend Gretchen on the basis of her technical expertise, strong work ethic, and advanced communication skills. You can check out some of Gretchen's topical work at Please reach out to me for additional details"

Frank Musica, Senior Risk Management Attorney at Victor O. Schinnerer & Co:

"As a Research Fellow, Gretchen's task was to determine through online research, personal interviews and analysis of proprietary claims information, the aspects of sustainable design and construction that would have the greatest impact to design professionals. Based on her examination of the information, she worked with professional staff to document recommendations for professional practice. Her research paper, made available to the entire community of designers and constructors, provides the background information and analysis to assist firms in approach sustainable design and construction in a prudent manner. Her project as a Research Fellow will have a lasting impact ." Service Category: Writer/Editor Year first hired: 2013 Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative"

Ryan Kobbe, Academic Professional at UW:

"As a student services coordinator and lecturer for the College of Engineering and Applied Science, I work closely with many of our students. Within this capacity, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Ms. Gretchen Heberling. ,,, As an instructor, I credit Gretchen for not only facilitating her own success, but also for acting as a valued resource in the classroom. Always inquisitive, Gretchen was willing to ask critical questions and engage in meaningful dialogue. She works well with her peers, and is an effective team leader with many friends in engineering and the humanities."

Duncan Harris, Director at UW:

"I have known Gretchen Heberling primarily as a staff person in the University Honors Program office, but I have also seen her present papers at conferences, and I have heard her play the violin as first chair in the university orchestra. She is a remarkably intelligent and competent young woman with a wide range of talents. "