James Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD, Benya Lighting Design
James is a professional lighting designer with 40 years of experience in the field. In his current role, he plans, organizes and is producing an online professional masters in lighting design to be offered internationally. James has won more than 200 lighting design awards including the 2008 and 2011 Edison Award for Environmental Design. He is an AIA professional development education provider and a certified ASID/IIDA interior design continuing education provider. James is a former adjunct professor of architecture and design at California College of Art, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan and Lawrence Institute of Technology. He has taught over 400 continuing education unit programs, 300 college classes and given more than 200 speeches about lighting at LightFair, NeoCon, Designers Saturday and other gatherings within the lighting industry.
Holly Blomquist, LEED Green Associate, Lighting Designer, Associate, Harwood Engineering Consultants, Ltd.
Since receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Holly's theatrical design work has been seen by audiences both near and far. She has worked for several local theatre companies in Milwaukee, as well as for renowned regional theatre companies such as the Madison Repertory Theatre and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Holly's lighting design work has been recognized on a national level. In 2011 she received an Illumination Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for her design of the Pabst Brewery Block 4 Parking Structure in Milwaukee. That project, awarded for unique solutions in energy efficient lighting design, also attained LEED Gold Certification. In addition she has received awards for theatrical lighting from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and Apollo Design Technology. Since joining Harwood Engineering she has gained an ever increasing interest in energy efficiency, and the continual evolution of lighting design, controls, and technology. To meet the rising demand for energy reduction while providing quality lighting is the designer's role and an essential component of the well-designed architectural environment.
Gord Cooke, PE, Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)
Gord is a passionate educator and advocate for better building practices, improved indoor air quality and energy efficiency. For 20 years he's used his technical and mechanical background, as a professional engineer to help the residential construction industry build and sell better homes. Gord has pioneered new training programs designed to assist builders in marketing and selling high performing, energy efficient homes.
Robert L. Cox, PE, CEM, Commissioning and Energy Director, Jacobs Engineering
Robert has extensive experience in detailed engineering design and management; energy engineering; and commissioning of projects in the healthcare, commercial, institutional and governmental sectors. These projects have included large tonnage chilled water systems, cooling towers and condenser water piping and pumping systems, high/low pressure steam and condensate systems, air handling and ventilation systems, energy management and building automation systems, and a variety of ductwork systems; including specialized systems for healthcare laboratories and science facilities. Robert is a long-time, active ASHRAE and ASHE member. He teaches best practices in healthcare HVAC design classes for ASHRAE and has taught seminars for ASHE and CleanMed.
- Research chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.6, healthcare facility air conditioning applications
- Post Chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.8, large building HVAC applications
- Research chair, ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.7, educational facilities
- Member, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Task Force, energy conservation in healthcare
Can healthcare ventilation standards be maintained without breaking the operating budget?
HVAC design manual for hospitals and clinics
Energy management handbook
Rodney De Fouw, LC, Energy Advisor, Focus on Energy
In his current role, Rodney is responsible for providing technical support to the Focus on Energy team concerning lighting technologies and industry changes. His daily tasks include measure development, energy assessments and end-use customer and trade allies technical and program assistance. Rodney serves as the education chair for the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Milwaukee Chapter. He holds a lighting certification from the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professionals and a bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis.
Eric Eichler, Senior Project Manager, University of Chicago
Scott Hackel, PE, LEED AP, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
In his role at the Energy Center, Scott consults with architects and engineers on energy efficient building designs and systems. He conducts applied research on various energy efficiency technologies through both field monitoring and extensive energy modeling.
Scott has expert knowledge in advanced systems. He utilizes this knowledge to assist utilities in the development and implementation of efficiency programs. Scott holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a certificate in energy analysis and policy. He is an active member of ASHRAE and the Wisconsin Green Building Association.
Barb Hamilton, Lighting Manager, New Buildings Institute
Barb Hamilton has nearly two decades of lighting industry experience working in a variety of design and education roles. She is currently lighting manager for the New Buildings Institute, developing informational lighting products and lighting communication initiatives, consulting with sponsor organizations on outreach for commercial programs and expanding strategic initiatives to move advanced lighting practices and products into the market. Barb manages the development and support of ALG Online, the Advanced Lighting Guidelines web resource, and supports work on the Office of the Future program. Barb has bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Interior Architecture, and earned a Master of Science in Lighting from the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ryan Hoger, LEED AP, Director of Corporate Training, Temperature Equipment Corporation
In his current role at Temperature Equipment Corporation, Ryan is responsible for coordinating and/or instructing 150+ HVAC training courses per year. He has extensive experience with building automation systems, energy recovery ventilators, variable refrigerant flow, demand controlled ventilation and other energy conserving HVAC systems. He is a past president of the Illinois ASHRAE chapter and is actively involved in several local ASHRAE, gas and electric utility and USGBC committees. Ryan received his bachelor of science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois.
- Advanced RTU control (ARC) strategies (details coming soon)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Madison, WI
Carol Jones, LC, Associate IALD, Senior Project Manager, Application and Specification, Philips Lighting NA
Carol is a nationally recognized lighting expert who works toward the dual goals of lighting quality and energy efficiency. She leads the U.S. DOE Commercial Lighting Solutions program. The goal of this program is to develop best practice energy efficient lighting solutions for mainstream adoption. Carol founded and manages the Light Right Consortium, a group that investigates and educates lighting professionals about the relationship between high quality energy efficient lighting and worker productivity in office environments. Prior to Light Right, she contributed to the revision of the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-1999. Carol has been with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1994, and prior to that she was a Designer/Project Director with Horton Lees Lighting Design, Inc. She is committed to the growth and development of the lighting industry through intensive professional association work for IALD, IESNA, and NCQLP.
Robert Jones, Director of Planning, University of Chicago
Grace Lunsford, Green Dream Group, LLC
Grace is the powerhouse behind Green Dream Group's public relations and video production. She focuses on improving the quality of new and existing buildings in Chicago through independent, scientific building diagnostics, and in making the city a better place for people in all living situations and all income brackets. Grace gives numerous presentations on business development, branding and marketing, and has been the voice of the Environmental Law and Policy Center about their high performance office space.
Tom Meyer, Principal, Praxis Green, Inc.
Tom Meyer is the president of Praxis Green, Inc., an international sustainability consulting and training firm. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with over 20 years experience in hydronics. Meyer is an ASHRAE Liaison to the USGBC, and has been a member of the Greenbuild Program Committee for five years. He is a member of the US Senate's High Performance Building Council, IAPMO Technical Committee, and is an advisor to the office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington DC. He is the past founding Executive Director of the Green Mechanical Council and is a past president of Precision Hydronics Corporation. Meyer has been a speaker for many organizations and has written several articles, training modules and textbooks including GreenSpeak.
Avraham Mendall Mor, IALD, LEED AP, IESNA, Lightswitch Architectural
Avraham (Avi) Mendall Mor, LEED AP, IESNA is an architectural and theatrical lighting designer with more than ten years of experience in a variety of applications, locations, and clientele. Avi received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Architectural and Theatrical Lighting design from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He is president of the Chicago Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
John Murphy, LEED AP, Applications Engineer, Trane
John has been with Trane since 1993, where his primary responsibility as an applications engineer is to aid HVAC design engineers and Trane sales personnel in the proper design and application of HVAC systems. His main areas of expertise include energy efficiency, dehumidification, air-to-air energy recovery, psychrometry, ventilation, dedicated outdoor-air systems, VAV systems and ASHRAE Standards 62.1 and 90.1. John is the author of numerous Trane application manuals and Engineers Newsletters. He is also a frequent presenter on Trane's Engineers Newsletter Live series of broadcasts.
John is a member of ASHRAE, has authored several articles for the ASHRAE Journal, and has been a member of that society's Moisture Management in Buildings and Mechanical Dehumidifiers technical committees. He is a frequent presenter at ASHRAE conferences, was a contributing author of the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools and the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Hospitals and Health Care Facilities, and was a technical reviewer for the ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates.
Joe Nagan, Owner, Home Building Technology Services
Joe is the owner of Home Building Technology Services. His firm offers design evaluations, construction management and building failure analysis. He is certified in residential mechanical ventilation design and installation and advanced building science. Joe provides support and training as the technical director for the Focus on Energy New Homes Program.
See Joe in action.
Check out Joe's past presentations from the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference held in Wisconsin in March of 2013.
Shanna Olson, LC, Electrical Designer, IBC Engineering Services, Inc.
After completing degrees in Art History at UW-Milwaukee and Interior Design at Mount Mary College, Shanna's passion for sustainability led her to IBC Engineering Services, a Waukesha-based engineering firm specializing in energy efficient and sustainable mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. In her role as electrical designer, Shanna successfully balances aesthetic and technical parameters. Her work has been published in several magazines and recognized with two National Merit Awards for Sustainability from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. Most recently, Shanna earned a Lighting Certification (LC) through the National Council on Qualifications of Lighting Professions (NCQLP), which is designed to set a baseline standard covering the entire scope of the vast lighting field.
As a board member, Emerging Professionals Co-Chair, and Illumination Awards Chair of the local chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Shanna also takes a lead role in training and educating other professionals on the latest technologies in lighting efficiency. Honored as a Future Luminary/Emerging Professional by LD+A magazine, Shanna continues to incorporate her varied interests into a successful and rewarding career.
Richard Pearson, PE, Principal, Pearson Forensic Engineering
Richard Pearson spent most of his career in hands-on analysis and the creative renovation of HVAC systems. His significant energy efficiency project work includes optimizing a 7,000-ton and a 3,000-ton facility, tracking a $3.6 million utility bill, renovating a 30-story art deco hotel, commissioning eight thermal storage projects, and conducting an energy analysis on 11 United States Marine Corps base buildings in Okinawa.
He holds multiple ASHRAE awards and the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Distinguished Service Citation. He is a Fellow grade ASHRAE member. He has served as chairman of the ASHRAE energy management and environmental health committees and as a member of multiple ASHRAE councils and committees, as well as the board of directors. He is a principal contributor to ASHRAE's "Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits" and co-author of the "Energy use and management: Chapter 36" in the 2011 ASHRAE Handbook.
Paul Raymer, Chief Investigator, Heyoka Solutions, LLC
For more than 30 years, Paul has developed ventilation related product lines, served as a consultant for a wide array of ventilation product manufacturers and designed ventilation systems for various home builders. He is a seasoned presenter who has taught courses throughout the nation at conferences and weatherization events, as well as universities including the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Paul authored "Residential Ventilation Handbook" (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and currently writes a reoccurring column in "Home Energy Magazine." He is a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 Committee and the IAQ Subcommittee, as well as the IAQ liaison for the Home Ventilating Institute and Society of Building Science Educators. Paul is a BPI super proctor and BPI envelope, building analyst, heating professional and AC/heat pump, HERS rater and IREC/ANSI assessor certified.
Kevin Rodgers, Energy Manager, University of Chicago
Scott Schuetter, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Scott analyzes efficient building designs and researches various energy efficiency technologies in his role at the Energy Center. He has extensive experience with both energy and daylight modeling and serves as program manager for the Daylighting Collaborative.
Scott is a large-scale batch energy modeling specialist who focuses much attention on modeling campuses, communities and regions. He also studies climate change impacts on building energy consumption and demand. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Indiana University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is an active member of ASHRAE.
Matt Schwoegler, The Snell Group
Matt is an accomplished thermographer and infrared instructor who joined The Snell Group in 2002. He is the primary trainer for both the four-day Level I - Infrared for Building Applications and the two-day IR for Weatherization and Energy Audits courses. Matt has worked with numerous state weatherization agencies and home performance contractors that use thermal imaging for building diagnostics. He also leads infrared training courses for industrial maintenance applications.
John Snell, Senior Consulting Trainer, The Snell Group
John Snell's background in building-related training and educational services began in 1977 in the Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance program and continued from 1979 to 1983 in the Residential Conservation Service (RCS) Program. It was in this capacity, in 1983, that he first used infrared thermography for building diagnostics. He founded Snell Infrared in 1986, now called The Snell Group, where he continues today as a Senior Consulting Trainer. John is professionally active and was on the Steering Committee for the Thermosense conference from 1990 until 2005 and Chair of Thermosense XVI and XX. In 1994 John had the honor of becoming the first thermographer in the world to pass the ASNT Level III exam for the Thermal/infrared method. He is currently a member of three ASTM committees, as well as working with committees at EPRI, BINDT, ISO, ASNT, BPI/RESNET and NETA, on standards and written inspection procedures. He has presented hundreds of training courses and seminars to a worldwide audience. John is widely published, having authored numerous articles and professional papers. John is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Agricultural Ecology.
Keith Swartz, PE, BEMP, LEED AP, Senior Energy Engineer, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Keith has significant experience conducting energy analysis and technical assistance for a number of investor-owned and municipal utility commercial new construction programs, LEED submittals, and private design clients.
Keith has a strong background in HVAC design for commercial buildings. As lead energy modeling instructor for Energy Center University, he is developing market capacity in design firms to pursue advanced energy efficiency on their own.
Keith has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He is a registered professional engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Building Energy Modeling Professional and a member of ASHRAE.
Paul Torcellini, Principal Engineer for Commercial Buildings Research, NREL
Paul has extensive experience using next-generation computer simulations to design very low-energy buildings. He has been with NREL for 19 years and is currently on assignment to the Building Technology Office at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC. He is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado School of Mines and Denver University. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Adam McMillen, Director of Energy Consulting, Energy Center of Wisconsin–Chicago office
Eric Eichler, Senior Project Manager, University of Chicago
Kevin Rodgers, Energy Manager, University of Chicago
Robert Jones, Director of Planning, University of Chicago
John Viner, LEED AP Homes, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
John brings applied field experience to designing training curriculum for the Energy Center's award winning professional education programs. His background as an HVAC contractor and his work conducting home performance assessments provide the practical foundation for the programs he designs. He knows firsthand the challenges that building contractors face and has provided training seminars on solutions to those challenges.
John identifies opportunities for expanding the content of Energy Center training programs and delivering those programs to a wide audience. He also serves as Chair of the Building Performance Institute's HVAC-QM Certification Scheme Committee.
Stan Walerczyk, CLEP, LC, Principal, Lighting Wizards
With more than 500 projects under his belt; including K-12 schools, colleges, hospitals, office buildings, convention centers, movie studios, libraries, historic commercial buildings, retail stores, factories, warehouses, parking facilities, multifamily dwellings and single-family houses; Stan has immersed himself in the lighting industry. His 24 years of experience includes distribution, maintenance, retrofit contracting, third party review, consulting, design, luminaire design, rebate planning, policy making and research roles. He has conducted project work for the California Lighting Technology Center and currently assists with the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) research on spectrally enhanced lighting. Stan has authored over 30 articles and has presented over 600 seminars, including sessions during Lightfair and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) annual conferences and chapter events.
Stan is National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions certified, an Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certified Lighting Energy Professional, an AEE review board member, a IES Spectral Effects Committee and Energy Management Committee member, the Human Centric Lighting Committee chair, a DOE CALiPER Guidance Committee on LED and competitive products member and California's Title 20 Appliance Standard and Federal EPACT Standards consultant.
Tate Walker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
As an architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Tate knows the value of climate-specific, sustainable design that enhances our community and environment. His expertise includes energy research, technical consulting and promoting environmental awareness through the design process.
Tate served on the USGBC's Technical Advisory Group to develop the Energy and Atmosphere credits for LEED v4, as well as on boards and committees for the AIA, USGBC, NBI, EPA, and DOE. Tate is an author and sought after speaker on the topics of energy, sustainability and integrated design.
Liesel Whitney-Schulte, LC, Lighting Product Manager, Franklin Energy Services, LLC
Liesel leads the design and implementation of commercial lighting programs, provides program development and technical guidance for residential lighting programs and represents Franklin Energy Services on national lighting committees. She is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions and has been involved in a wide variety of energy efficiency programs since 1992.
Howard Wolfman, PE, Principal, Lumispec Consulting
With 20 years of experience with OSRAM Sylvania and Motorola Lighting, Howard has extensive knowledge to share. In his current role as Principal for Lumispec Consulting, he provides guidance on energy efficiency lighting and management of efficiency improvements. Howard serves as an adjunct full professor in the graduate department of the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Chicago, as the chair of various Canadian Standards Association sub-committees and as a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Controls Protocol Committee. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has served on the institute's Board of Directors. He was appointed to the 2010 and 2011 Lightfair Innovation Awards Selection Committee and was a past chair of both the National Electrical Manufacturers Association Lighting Systems Division and the American National Standards Institute Lighting Committee. He has held a technical advisory role on the U.S. National Committee for IEC TC 34C and is a past member of four Underwriters Laboratory Standards technical panels. Howard earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana–Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Peter Yost, Director of Residential Services, BuildingGreen, Inc.
Peter Yost is the Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen, LLC in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability. Peter is currently Technical Director for GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College's Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst.
Sunday, Dec 08, 2013
About our faculty
We draw on a network of instructional experts to deliver professional education programs.
Our faculty combines applied experience with active learning methods to deliver innovative programs that provide practical guidance.
They are in the forefront of developing solutions to our energy challenges and enthusiastically share their ideas and knowledge.