2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jared Higgins

Corporate Associate; Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Inc.; Lubbock, Texas


2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Jared HigginsJared Higgins, 32
Corporate Associate
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc.
Lubbock, Texas

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Jared Higgins has a passion for energy and water conservation for buildings and the ambition to see his ideas come to fruition. Shortly after graduating from Texas Tech, Jared began designing HVAC systems for buildings and realized that he could make a difference through energy management and conservation. He has worked with several clients throughout the U.S. and Europe on energy management control systems and was selected by the U.S. Dept. of Defense Education Activity to assist in standardizing their control systems and developing an energy conservation and commissioning guideline.

Outside of work, Jared has always been an avid river kayaker. Last year, he decided to take the plunge and try ocean kayaking for the first time. He had always avoided it because he didn't think he would get the same rush that comes with river rapids, but he managed to hit some high surf in California on the Monterey peninsula and is planning to ocean kayak in St. Thomas later this year.

Why choose this career path?
In 2011, Jared was struggling with deciding his future path. He was fortunate to meet chemical engineer Bill Cameron, who mentored him in the oil and gas industry and introduced him to process automation, where he began his path in engineering. Since then, Jared’s passion for energy conservation and water conservation has developed, and he believes he is making real-world differences. With the number of net zero facilities increasing, Jared is ready to meet challenges and opportunities head-on.

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