Cara Martin was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She attended the University of Maryland in College Park, MD where she received her B.S. / M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

In 2008 Cara was looking for work online and found Novus Engineering, P.C. She applied, interviewed and accepted the job offer. She moved to the Albany area from Maryland and took up residence. Cara worked for Novus until 2013 when she accepted an offer of employment from Optimized Thermal Systems, Inc. a start-up company started by her graduate adviser Dr. Reinhard Radermacher. Cara had kept in touch with Dr. Radermacher through informal dinners at the Society winter and summer meetings for his graduate students.

Cara was introduced to HVAC while in graduate school, through research at the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) and through ASHRAE. Cara won an ASHRAE Student Scholarship from the National Capital Chapter and was also the Student Branch President while attending graduate school.

Cara enjoys the many opportunities for innovation in the HVAC industry; an everyday necessity in some form or another, which has lots of opportunities for energy savings.

While serving ASHRAE, Cara has been UMD student chapter president, served the Northeast Chapter as Chair of Student Activities and held all the officer positions including Chapter President for 2013-2014. Additionally, she served as 2009 Regional Chapter Conference Secretary where Cara took very good notes, which proved invaluable because the recording device being used to record the minutes on disc malfunctioned.  Cara has served as YEA Regional Coordinator and as such served on the Society Young Engineers in ASHRAE Committee. She also served on multiple ad hoc committees.

Cara received the Region I Student Activities "Top Dog" honorable mention award in 2009 and Outstanding Performance in Chapter Programs for 2013.

In the near future, Cara will be moving back to Maryland and plans to get involved with either the Baltimore or National Capital Chapter. She may also get involved with Society Technical Committees.

Cara would like to be remembered for promoting YEA and encouraging involvement of young members.

Cara is married to her husband Matt and has two young daughters, Tess and Tasha. In her spare time she enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, Running and Triathlons.

The chapter members will miss Cara, but we wish her well with her move back to Maryland. I suspect we have not heard the last of Cara if she gets involved with Society.

Stan Westhoff

Chapter Historian