Ellen Edwards is Energy Manager in Facilities Management at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. After growing up in the Kansas City area, she attended the University of Kansas receiving a degree in Architectural Engineering. During college she interned for a consulting engineering firm where she accepted a mechanical engineering position after graduation. During her time as a consulting engineer, she performed plug load studies for a local real estate management firm which provided her first exposure to Energy Management. After starting a family, she took a position within Facilities Management at a local KC University as a Utilities Analyst. After the addition of her second child, she accepted a position with Trane as a sales engineer where she was exposed to energy modelling and construction contracting. During her time with Trane, she was offered a partnership in a mechanical contracting company which she accepted. Projects included major office renovations and partnerships with General Contractors on new construction. Feeling a need to get back into engineering and energy, she accepted a position as an Energy Engineer with a national energy services company. Ellen developed energy conservation projects for clients such as K-12 school districts, city and county governments, and higher education that led to a position with Sprint Real Estate as Energy Program Manager. Desiring a move to Colorado, she accepted her current position at CU Boulder. Ellen’s personal time is spent with her two sons and the family pets, enjoying the Colorado outdoors.