Donna A. DeFreitas is an Associate Principal with Vanderweil Engineers for the New York Region (New York, Princeton and Philadelphia offices). She provides more than twenty two (22) years experience in management of sales, business development, project management and project/design engineering for the HVAC and Controls business within the pharmaceutical, healthcare and industrial markets. In much of her project work, she has coordinated project activity by providing technical application support and facility optimization solutions with a specialized focus on laboratories, animal research areas and cGMP facilities. DeFreitas is an active member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and a past Board member and President for the Delaware Valley Chapter. At the International level of ISPE, she is involved with the North America Education Committee and she is a past chair of the North American / South American Affiliate Council. She is currently the Chapter Leader for the HVAC Controls section of ISPE's Baseline Guide for Quality Laboratories Facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.