Milena Palahanska-Mavrov, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CDT, QCxP

Growing up in Bulgaria, Milena always wanted to make life easier for people, starting with her grandparents who worked in agriculture. She tried to make their jobs easier with little improvements like warming water in dark barrels using the sun. She graduated from Technical University-Sofia, Bulgaria with an engineering degree in hydraulics and pneumatics. After arriving in United States, she continued her passion for engineering and graduated from the architectural engineering program in Omaha, Nebraska.

For Milena, every project starts and ends with the people who will be living and working in the space. She works hard to ensure that they have the best experience based on the building’s intended use. Often involved in education projects, Milena has experience with both K-12 schools like Johnston High School and higher education facilities like Newman University’s Bishop Gerber Science Center. She enjoys the different challenges each project presents from managing tight budgets to coming up with creative solutions.

As a mentor and project manager, Milena encourages young engineers and other colleagues to be well-rounded. She believes that as the industry continues to embrace integration, having an understanding of how each discipline impacts one another will become even more valuable. This includes everything from how different technologies can improve indoor air quality to how the materials used within a space can influence human behavior.


  • Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Member and a Nebraska Chapter Founder
  • Nebraska Architectural Engineering Conference (NAEC) (Omaha) Founder
  • Vice-Chair of the Architectural Engineering Professional Engineer Exam Committee and AE PE NCEES Exam Developer
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Member
  • Northwest High School Architecture-Engineering-Construction (ACE) Program Mentor

“I would like engineering to take a more holistic approach to life and nature, making the built environment more sustainable and integrated with the outdoors.”

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