Cary Sorah

Mechanical Engineer


What attracted you to this profession?

In college, I spent several summers working for a commissioning agent testing mechanical systems in buildings during the construction phase. This got me interested in HVAC systems, but I knew I wanted to be more involved with the actual system design. I enjoy designing a solution for a building and then creating the associated drawings necessary for it to be built. Being able to see something turn from a design concept into drawings then into an actual built product is exciting to me.


What three words would you use to describe your job?

Problem-solving, collaborative, technical


What are the most important personality traits to have in your profession?

It’s important to be able to solve problems and communicate those solutions effectively with other teammates and clients. It’s also important to be able to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions for certain buildings.


What’s a typical week in your job like?

A typical week may consist of building heating/cooling load calculations, equipment sizing and selection, drafting, and meeting with clients about their project.


What do you like most about your job?

Going out to a construction site and seeing the system I designed installed and operating is very satisfying! I like that I’m a part of designing a building for a client that is going to serve them for a long time.


What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Coordinating with other engineers and architects to make sure that everything is going to be constructible.


What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

The City of Raleigh Law Enforcement Training Center. The project has a lot of energy efficiency strategies that we were able to design and implement to meet the sustainability goals for the client, including a geothermal system.


What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love spending time outdoors and traveling with my husband and son.


What music are you listening to right now?

Johnnyswim Pandora station


What’s your favorite film?

I actually don’t watch a lot of movies, but I’ll watch re-runs of the TV show Friends any day!


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

My husband and I like to travel somewhere instead of exchange gifts, so that’s my favorite!