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2018–2019 – Sheila J. Hayter

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Sheila J. Hayter, P.E.,
ASHRAE President, 2018-2019
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Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., is ASHRAE’s President for the 2018-2019 term. Hayter has previously served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer, two terms as Vice President, and Director-at-Large. She is the recipient of ASHRAE's Distinguished Service Award, Exceptional Service Award, and an ASHRAE Technology Award. She is an ASHRAE Fellow and a Distinguished Lecturer.

Her theme for the Society year is “Building Our New Energy Future.”

“We are at the front end of a major evolutionary change in how energy systems interact,” said Hayter. “Instead of individual systems—buildings, utilities, the transportation sector, and the industry sector—it’s becoming one system, and buildings are going to play a central role in that new paradigm. Buildings will be where energy is generated, stored, and commandeered, and we will be optimizing energy flow in a different way.”

In addition to her time served on the Board of Directors, Hayter has been Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the President-Elect Advisory Committee. She has held ASHRAE Society-level leadership roles on all three of the ASHRAE councils and many standing committees, technical committees, and presidential ad hoc committees.

With her vast ASHRAE experience, Hayter plans to focus on ways to bridge from our energy past to the energy future and that connects buildings, energy and the environment.

“We may not have the answers right now, but what ASHRAE can do is cross over into other sectors—the power sector, the big data sector (including cybersecurity) and the transportation sector that’s becoming electrified,” she said. “We need to step into the room and be part of the conversation to find new strategies for these sectors to interact. My platform is a wake-up call.”

Hayter is a group manager with the Integrated Applications Center at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., where she has worked since 1992. She leads a team of experts who support international, federal, state, and local entities with the goal of significantly reducing nonrenewable energy consumption though optimized use of energy efficiency strategies and renewable energy technologies as well as addressing challenges to increase resiliency in the built environment.

Hayter’s work at NREL has included managing technical teams supporting U.S. federal agencies’ efforts to address energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives in addition to having managed sustainable buildings activities funded by the DOE Federal Energy Management Program. She also has managed the Photovoltaics (PV) for Buildings activities funded by the DOE Solar Program and evaluated building performance during the design and monitoring phases to support the DOE High Performance Buildings Program. 

Hayter 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. Her roots in ASHRAE run deep. Her father, Richard Hayter, served as the ASHRAE president from 1995-1996.


Read the manuscript of Ms. Sheila Hayter’s address given at the June 25, 2018 President’s Luncheon
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