August 5, 2021

We are pleased to welcome Cheryl Lininger, our new Electrical Design Engineer, to Epstein’s MEP/FP Engineering group! So far at Epstein, Cheryl has primarily been working on power and fire alarm design for variety of projects across Epstein’s broad spectrum of market sectors. Cheryl started as an electrical engineering intern at Environmental Systems Design (ESD) and was subsequently hired full-time as an electrical designer. From there, she worked at Larson & Darby Group, which is an architecture and engineering firm in Rockford, as an electrical design engineer before settling in here with us at Epstein.

Of what led her to this industry, Cheryl’s bio-dad is in construction, and she has always liked hanging out at the site with him. Specifically, she loves going into the electrical rooms and mechanical floors where other people aren’t allowed! Plus, she is really into math. Proof: She has a tattoo of the basic cardioid formula on her heart.

Cheryl has an electrical engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where she was the president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) student chapter. While there, she also won awards in IIT’s Humanities Writing Contest for short stories and essays all four years in attendance. Additionally, Cheryl was involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in college, and was a National Science Foundation (NSF) scholar.

Having grown up in McHenry, IL, Cheryl attended McHenry Community High School East Campus. Outside of work, she likes to roller skate with Lydia, her 10-year-old daughter, who is on the Chicago Riots junior roller derby team! Pre-COVID, Cheryl played in pinball and foosball tournaments around the city. She is doing her best to safely play all of the machines she can now that she is vaccinated. Last year, Cheryl bought a 1996 Buick Regal Sport with GM’s 3800 series II engine, and she loves working under the hood on the weekends. She also plays several instruments. Currently, she’s working on playing a used drum set that she picked up for the basement, though she says she’s only at an AC/DC level as of now. Stewart Copeland is her favorite drummer, so she’s got some motivation!

Important: Cheryl has a “very cute and loving” dog named Doughnut that is part pit bull and part Bassett hound. His sweet short legs bring Cheryl tons of joy every day. However, I’m told he sometimes gets jealous of whoever Cheryl is on the phone with that isn’t him. So, if Doughnut is whining in the background of a call you’re on with Cheryl, she promises he has eaten and been walked. “He’s just a little drama queenie. He’s still learning his manners.”

Once again, welcome to Epstein, Cheryl! We’re delighted to have you join us.