Back for More: Smart Labs Pechakucha 2.0 Panel

Rachel Shepherd, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy— Outcomes of the Smart Labs Accelerator
Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory—Components of a Smart Lab
Robin Jones, Sandia National Laboratory—Starting a Smart Labs Program
Christina Perez, Argonne National Laboratory—The Industrial Hygienist's Perspective
Deirdre Carter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory—Progress in Using Ongoing Commissioning
Genna Waldvogel, Los Alamos National Laboratory—Smart Labs at Los Alamos

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Smart Labs Pecha Kucha session is back with innovative content in an engaging format! This year's session brings you a selection of rapid-fire, 7-minute presentations highlighting best practices of sustainable lab design. Leaders in the industry will bring to the stage noteworthy lessons learned through their years of experience with high-performance laboratories. Speakers will cover topics from cutting-edge laboratory building operation to effective management for successful Smart Labs programs. Specific recommendations of this session provides attendees with the opportunity to gain a broad understanding of important aspects of sustainable laboratories and learn a wide variety of best practices within a short period.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn noteworthy lessons learned during the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator;
  • Understand key strategies in forming a successful Smart Labs program;
  • Understand key principles in effective implementation of building control systems for dynamic labs; and
  • Know important components of high performance labs that are essential to sustainability, resiliency, and efficiency.


Deirdre Carter, P.E. is the Energy and Sustainability Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She works on reducing Berkeleyís Lab electricity, natural gas, and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through energy management, ongoing commissioning, renewable energy, and laboratory airflow management. She holds a M.S. from Stanford University and B.S.E. from Duke University, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer.

Robin Jones is the manager of the Building Systems Engineering department in the Facilities organization at Sandia National Laboratories. Her department oversees strategic planning for building system renovation, new building design review, and maintains the Design Manual and Specifications. Energy management also resides in Robinís department where she has set a goal to establish a Smart Labs program at SNL.

Christina Perez is a Certified Industrial Hygienist working in the Occupational Health group at Argonne National Laboratory. Her focus areas include noise, asbestos, and ventilation. In 2019 she graduated from Montana Technological University with a masterís degree in industrial hygiene. During her free time Christina hikes and reads true crime.

Rachel Shepherd leads the Distributed Energy and Critical Buildings programs for the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). She led the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator and manages a team helping organizations achieve high performance labs. Prior to FEMP, Shepherd conducted energy and commissioning audits for commercial facilities, working with owners to identify energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Otto Van Geet is a Principal Engineer in the Integrated Applications Center at NREL with over 20 years of experience in the design, construction, and operation of energy efficient research facilities. A founding member of Labs21, Van Geet continues to provide technical guidance for the program. He is the recipient of the 2007 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management and the 2011 GreenGov Green Innovation Presidential Award for the NREL Research Support Facility data center.

Genna Waldvogel is a civil engineer and has been at Los Alamos National Laboratory as the Ventilation Management Coordinator for two years. She assists researchers and designers with ways to improve laboratory ventilation for safety and energy savings. She has a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


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