Up-and-coming engineer in water and wastewater work
29, Staff Engineer
Michelle Hall's dedication to the environmental, wastewater and water fields stems from her college days at the University of Idaho, where she earned a bachelor's degree in biological systems engineering and a master's in environmental engineering. While there, she worked as a research assistant responsible for maintaining flow-monitoring stations along Paradise Creek for a watershed management project and participated in a watershed management project that tracked the water quality of the Boise River. Since joining AECOM in 2009, she has played significant roles in several water resources projects for Spokane, Wash., including staff engineer for the Combined Sewer Overflow Program Management Office. Based on her work, she presented a white paper, "Water Reuse Pilot Using Membrane Filtration in Spokane, WA," at the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Conference in Vancouver, Wash., in 2011.
Sustainability expert on award-winning data centers
30, Senior Sustainability Advisor & Director of Sustainability Analytics
Brightworks Sustainability Advisors
As an engineer with a foundation in biological sciences, Josh Hatch brings nature's insights to the design table. With a bachelor's degree in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell and a master's in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford, Hatch seeks to go beyond the traditional emphasis on solutions that are structural in nature and dependent upon inorganic materials. After graduate school, he worked at the Rocky Mountain Institute, focusing on the issue of energy use in, and carbon emissions from, the built environment. At RMI, Hatch served as beta developer of the Green Footstep carbon footprinting tool for buildings. Since joining Brightworks Sustainability Advisors in 2006, Hatch has worked on several notable data center projects, including serving as green building program manager for Facebook on its Prineville, Ore., Forest City, N.C., and Lulea, Sweden, data centers. Hatch has also managed sustainable design programs for data centers for such companies as Yahoo!, VMWare and Equinix. He originated a new line of business within Brightworks–called sustainability analytics—to meet the growing demand from clients for help with understanding environmental issues associated with corporate actions that fall outside the domain of conventional decision-making frameworks.