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

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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. I am also always looking for challenging opportunities in the buildings and energy industries. Please view my resume to learn more about my skills and experience. Please view my resume to learn more about my skills and experience.


  • Research paper on geothermal energy in the U.S. and Iceland published by the U.S. Green Building Council, Feb 2015. Link to paper here.
  • MAP (Schneider) Research Fellow paper on hydroelectric energy published May 2015 (GBIG research here)
  • Research blogs on LEED v4, hydroelectric energy, geothermal energy, and green buildings in Iceland published by the U.S. Green Building Council, 2014 and 2015: Published GBC Blogs Here
  • “Opportunities for Utilizing Geothermal Resources in the Northern United States”, 2014,
  • “Navigating Sustainability: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Designing and Constructing Green Buildings”, 2013
  • “The How-To Guide for Light Industrial Micro-businesses: Startup Strategies, Retrofitting Your Facility, and the Dawn of the ‘Eco-Shop’”, 2010,

I am a licensed professional civil engineer passionate about the design and construction of energy efficient buildings, with a background in building design, structural engineering, construction, project controls, and electric energy infrastructure.

Professional Experience

During my tenure at Exponent Engineering in Oakland CA, I provided a variety of project management services for stakeholders of high-profile electric infrastructure projects. My duties included managing resource loaded schedules, analyzing project accounting metrics, and communicating project progress, spend, and risk status to diverse clients. These roles developed my people management and communication skills while giving me hands-on experience on complex construction and energy analysis projects.

Academic Experience

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Sustainable Design & Construction - Energy
​Stanford University, Stanford, CA. June 2014.

B.S. Architectural Engineering, Structural
Minor: Violin Performance, Honors Program
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. December 2012.

During my studies at Stanford, I took courses in low-energy building design, energy efficient building systems, and managing fabrication and construction. In many of my courses, I worked on a number of group projects. Examples include creating an energy model for a mixed-use building, generating scope-schedule-cost models for a parking garage, and analyzing the energy savings between conventional portable classrooms and new, high-performance models. I was also the creator and project coordinator for an Engineers for a Sustainable World project, which aims to provide a technology education center for Parkwood Primary School in Cape Town, South Africa.

Software and Certificates

Construction applications: Primavera 6, C3D, Microsoft Project, Navisworks, Vico, iTWO
Project Control applications: SAP, SRM, Clarity
Design applications: Revit Architecture, Rhino
Energy applications: eQuest, AGi32, Ecotect
Other: Java, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, Prezi, Simapro.

Certifications: Engineering In Training (2012) and LEED Green Associate (2011-present)


During the summer of 2014, I worked for the U.S. Green Building Council as a MAP Sustainable Energy Research Fellow (now known as Schneider Fellows, within the Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service). I worked on several projects, including an analysis of distributed renewable energy systems in LEED-certified projects in the northern U.S., a market study on the impact of LEED v4 for the geothermal energy industry, a white paper covering the state of renewable energy generation in the United States, a cost-and-benefits analysis of current geothermal energy technology, a case study of Iceland’s geothermal energy deployment, and a list of strategies for increased utilization of U.S. geothermal resources.

I received the Milton F. Lunch Memorial Research Fellowship in the summer of 2013, and worked for Victor O. Schinnerer, an insurance underwriter for engineers and design professionals. I conducted independent research on the state of the sustainable design and construction industry and wrote a white paper that presented recent research findings and my analysis of unique liability and risk issues that green building project activities can present.

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. "