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Sheila Hayter

Laboratory Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program


Sheila Hayter is the NREL laboratory program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).  In this role, she leads NREL’s portfolio of activities focused on helping U.S. federal agencies identify, implement, and evaluate opportunities related to energy/water resilience and security, facility and fleet optimization, and energy and project procurement. 

Research Interests

Grid-interactive buildings

High-performing buildings

Sustainability in the built environment

Renewable energy in buildings


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University

Professional Experience

Since joining NREL in 1992, Sheila’s roles have included line management, partnership development, project management, and research.  Prior to assuming the FEMP laboratory program manager role, she was a line manager within the Integrated Application Center  leading a team of technical and policy experts who support international, federal, state, and local entities on energy efficiency and renewable energy topics with the goal of making significant reductions in non-renewable energy consumption though optimized use of energy efficiency strategies and renewable energy technologies. During this time, Sheila also led partnership development activities and managed work addressing technical challenges to identifying, evaluating, and implementing clean energy solutions.

In addition to her NREL work, Sheila served as the 2018-2019 ASHRAE President and has held many other ASHRAE leadership roles throughout her career.

Sheila is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

Awards and Honors

ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award

ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award