Congratulations to Jimmy Hensel, EDCS Chief Mechanical Engineer, on celebrating 11 years with Facilities Services! In 2006, Jimmy joined what was formerly the A&M Physical Plant’s Engineering and Design Services (EDS) department. Jimmy graduated in 1981 from A&M’s mechanical engineering program. During his time as a student, Jimmy interviewed an operator of the power plant to help make it more efficient. This planted the seed of wanting to work at Texas A&M University someday. Prior to returning to Aggieland in ’06 to do just that, Jimmy worked for a few engineering firms in Dallas and Ft. Worth, International Paper in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville.
Jimmy’s strong suit is designing; he truly enjoys it and is always up for a good design challenge.
As a mechanical engineer, Jimmy specializes in air conditioning and air movement types of designs, including heating, cooling and exhausting. Jimmy assisted with a recent HVAC renovation at Kyle Field. One of his current projects is replacing the air handlers in Cyclotron. There are only four to five facilities like A&M’s Cyclotron in the entire world! Jimmy says the air handler project is challenging, mostly because of the accelerated schedule. Jimmy is constantly thinking, how do I reconfigure the system to make it even better? Another one of Jimmy’s projects is renovating a special lab suite in Halbouty; he designed a retrofit partial exhaust system for the lab’s fume hoods.
Jimmy’s love for design carries through to life outside of work. He has even made some of his own shirts, including the castle print shirt that he’s wearing in the photo seen here! In addition to clothing, Jimmy enjoys designing and making things out of other materials, mostly wood.
An avid game player, Jimmy has impressively played over 300 distinct types of board and card games. Jimmy is a family man; he is married with two grown sons, one in Ft. Worth and another in Kyle, TX. When asked to share some words of wisdom, Jimmy says, “Be kind and remember to give others the benefit of the doubt.” When you hear that hearty laugh in the hallway or around campus, be sure to congratulate Jimmy on 11 years!