George Karidis


"Knowing what you're meant to do is a gift."

George is a born inventor. He found his place in SmithGroupJJR's Science & Technology practice, folding innovative engineering solutions into the design of high-technology facilities. He is at the forefront of his field, utilizing combined cycle strategies, chilled beams, demand-controlled ventilation, thermal storage, high-performance fume hoods, and other innovative approaches. A national ASHRAE Technology Award honored George's integrated design for the Visteon Village campus, which featured lake-based condensing and a unique linear UFAD system that he patented in 2007. "My brother and I started making things in Dad's workshop as soon as we could hold a screwdriver," recalls George. "Knowing what you're meant to do is a gift." George keeps a photo at his workstation of Thomas Edison talking with Henry Ford. "In the corner I added an insert of Steve Jobs looking their way. All are extraordinary inventors, who remade their world by the things they made."

Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Design, Technology Integration

Technology Award for linear UFAD design (patented), ASHRAE (2007); SmithGroupJJR C3 Award (2011)

Professional Credentials
LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C), Professional Engineer (PE)

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Community Involvement

Known to share his enthusiasm for design, George has presented at the 12SL/International Institute for Sustainable Labs (formerly Labs 21) conferences. He also outreaches to students at Lawrence Technological University.