40 under 40 Class of 2020

Originally printed in Building Design + Construction on December 08, 2020

These AEC stars are making their mark in business, philanthropy, and in their communities.

JONATHAN SCHLUNDT, PE, LEED AP

Mechanical Engineer / Partner

TETER, LLP

AGE: 34

EDUCATION
BS-Mechanical Engineering, California State University at Fresno

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In 2017, promoted to Partner and Business Unit Leader for TETER’s M/P division.

Notable projects include a $12.4 million decentralization of Modesto (Calif.) Junior College’s east campus heating system that, over three summer breaks, put 15 buildings on a new plant, with minimal campus disruptions.

His greatest “personal achievement” was competing, as a high schooler, in a state-level Mathematics Science Engineering Achievement competition, and being named State Champion for a 3D brain modeling project, about which he knew next to nothing before entering the contest. The win taught him the value of extreme focus and work ethic.

EXTRACURRICULARS
During the pandemic, led research project with California State University-Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley chapter of ASHRAE to validate new technologies for improving air quality and reducing energy usage.

Mentoring architects and engineers.

2018-20, Chairman of the Board, California State University-Fresno’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council.

Partner in charge of TETER’s mock interview competition that judges design concepts.

Participates in local AIA events.

OFF THE CLOCK
Woodworking (jewelry chests, vases, wine cabinets)

Painting (mostly beach landscapes)

Camping and hiking with family

Golfing

Active Rotarian, East Fresno chapter

Participating in obstacle course Spartan competitions

SECRET LIFE
As a youth, built 3D models of classic cars, planes, and boats, made from popsicle sticks.

On holiday breaks during his last year of college, worked as a stocker at Victoria Secret.

Met wife, Laura, on Myspace.

WHAT IS THE BEST CAREER OR BUSINESS ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?

“I have learned that listening and caring for your peer’s success and development will give you more fulfillment than any special award can offer. I have learned to avoid emotional decisions. Poise, forgiveness, and faith go a long way.  In life and in business, there will always be peaks and valleys, triumph, and despair. The peaks and valleys must be balanced with optimism during bad time, and a dose of realism when things are good. “

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN STAYING SANE IN 2020?

“Old hobbies, particularly wood working, that had been dormant came back to life. Over the past 6 months, I’ve custom-built:

  • A free-standing oak jewelry chest for my wife.  It finished with a rich mahogany stain, felt-lined drawers, and bronze hardware.
  • Several vases on my wood lathe with multiple wood species combined with colored epoxy.
  • Wine cabinet made of red-oak. It holds 40 bottles of wine, wine glasses, and contains drawers for other wine accessories.”

WHAT HAS 2020 TAUGHT YOU ABOUT YOURSELF?

“I have always been very devoted to my profession. Prior to the pandemic, I thought it was more advantageous working in the office rather than at home. The pandemic forced a work-from-home scenario. I learned that I can be just as productive, if not more, working at home. Obviously, some office dynamics are lost, but I have gained so much more. The pandemic has reminded me that family time is more than just early morning and late evenings salutations. Home cooked meals with honest conversations and family time are just as valuable, if not more so, now.”