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Dan Amon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Dan Amon has led a distinguished career in engineering and construction for more than 20 years. He has a wide range of experience in mechanical design and construction, including semiconductor facilities, pharmaceutical facilities, and other high technology industries. He received his undergraduate degree in structural engineering from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, and went on to earn a master's degree in engineering and management from Stanford University. In addition, Mr. Amon has been a Registered Mechanical Engineer since 1988. Currently Mr. Amon works on a variety of energy efficiency and water conservation projects as the Senior Advisor for Energy, Planning, and Review for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Facilities Management and Services Division.

Geoffrey Bell, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Geoffrey Bell is an energy engineer in the Environmental Energy Technology Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He is credited with a number of publications, including serving as a principal author of the Design Guide for Energy Efficient Laboratories. This publication is intended to assist facility owners, architects, engineers, designers, facility managers, and utility energy-management specialists in identifying and applying advanced energy-efficiency features in laboratory-type environments. Mr. Bell is a Certified State Energy Auditor in New Mexico and a Registered Professional Engineer in both New Mexico and California. He has served as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Energy, a teacher at the University of New Mexico, and an energy engineer contractor to Sandia Corporation in addition to various other mechanical engineering consulting positions. Mr. Bell received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering and a Masters of Architecture in environmental design from the University of New Mexico.

Nancy Carlisle, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Nancy Carlisle is the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) group manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and a licensed architect in the state of Colorado. At NREL, she led the development of a 25-year Master Site Plan for both of NREL's campuses, which provides a framework to develop NREL's campuses in a sustainable way. She has been a core member of the Labs21 technical program since its inception. She has worked at NREL for more than 25 years in research, analysis, design, and outreach activities that promote the design of sustainable, low-energy buildings. She is a LEED® Accredited Professional and recognized as a Fellow in the American Solar Energy Society. She holds a master's degree in architecture and planning (University of Arizona) and a bachelor's degree in economics with a concentration in environmental studies (Colorado State University).

J. Patrick Carpenter, Facility Performance Engineers

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J. Patrick Carpenter, P.E., principal with Facility Performance Engineers, is a nationally recognized leader in engineering systems for laboratory, animal, and other high-tech facilities. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has more than 35 years of experience and has focused on high-tech projects for corporate, government, and institutional clients. He has been responsible for the conception, development, commissioning, and troubleshooting of MEP systems for numerous projects, being involved in everything from strategic planning and programming to conceptual development and documentation to start-up, operational training and troubleshooting. His holistic view balances safety, reliability, functionality, operational effectiveness, and energy conservation with flexibility and sustainability. His experience includes projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Colorado HSC, Rutgers University, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, Brookdale Community College, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Navy, Cornell University, Merck, DuPont, J&J, AstraZeneca, Wyeth–Ayerst, Aventis, Pfizer, Glaxo, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, MedImmune, Exxon, ARAMCO, and Rohm & Haas. He is active in ASHRAE, AIHA, ISPE, and BCxA. His ASHRAE activity includes more than 25 years work on technical committees involving laboratories and clean spaces, industrial air conditioning, industrial ventilation, and energy calculations. He also served on SPC 100.5 Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings and SPC-110 Performance Testing of Laboratory Fume Hoods. He has presented and moderated at every Labs21 Annual Conference since its inception.

James Coogan, Siemens Building Technologies

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James Coogan, P.E., is a principal in product development and applications for Siemens Building Technologies. He has over 25 years experience designing microprocessor-based controls for mechanical systems, with 19 of those spent in the HVAC industry. Mr. Coogan has served as chairman of the ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.4, Controls and is an active member of TC 9.8 Laboratory Systems. His publications include technical papers on room pressurization and laboratory commissioning.

Scott Garrett, Lutron Electronics Co.

Scott Garrett is an applications engineer at Lutron Electronics Co. Mr. Garrett serves as a technical resource for Lutron Electronics Co. clients, both internal and external. Mr. Garrett has been teaching Lutron Electronics Co. products, concepts, and system design, as well as lighting control industry concepts, for more than two years. Currently, Mr. Garrett is involved in conducting financial and energy analysis of lighting and lighting control projects throughout the United States. Mr. Garrett is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering. He has worked at Lutron Electronics Co. for two-and-a-half years.

Pamela Greenley, MIT

Pam Greenley has been involved with laboratory HVAC issues at MIT for 25 years. She is currently deputy director of the Industrial Hygiene Program at MIT. Recent publications and presentations have been on the topics of air change rates in laboratories and high performance chemical hoods. She is part of a three member team that developed and presented a full day course titled "Balancing Energy Conservation and Laboratory Health and Safety" for Eagleson Institute. She is a CIH with Master Degrees in industrial hygiene and chemical engineering.


Dale Hitchings, SAFELAB Corporation

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Dale Hitchings is president of SAFELAB Corporation of Indianapolis, a consulting firm specializing in laboratory commissioning and demand-based optimization of laboratory facilities. He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Industrial Hygienist. He served as the first chairman of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) TC 9.10 Laboratory Systems Technical Committee, was the principal author of the Laboratory Ventilation section of Prudent Practices in the Laboratory—Handling and Disposal of Chemicals published by the National Research Council, and is presently a member of the American National Standards Institute/American Industrial Hygiene Association (ANSI/AIHA) Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation Standard Committee and the ASHRAE-110 Standard Committee. He has published many technical journal and newsletter articles and is a frequent seminar and conference speaker on the subject of laboratory planning, safety, and design.

D. Randall (Randy) Lacey, Cornell University

D. Randall (Randy) Lacey is the University Engineer at Cornell University where he manages a staff of 50 engineers and project managers. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering from Cornell University. He has designed laboratories for more than 25 years and is active in Labs21 as an instructor and presenter.  During three months in 2009 he worked in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create the Web based resource Climate Neutral: Research Campuses.

Russ MacAdam, Lutron Electronics Co.

Russ MacAdam is a director of product development at Lutron Electronics Co. He was part of the team that developed the first dimming ballast for compact fluorescent lamps and drove the development of many of Lutron Electronics Co.'s energy-saving ballasts, controls, and systems, including Lutron Electronics Co.'s new LED driver family. Mr. MacAdam speaks several times a year on LEDs and the Lutron Electronics Co. LED driver family at industry events and tradeshows. He also guest lectures every year at Cornell University. Mr. MacAdam is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Engineering degree, both in electrical engineering. He has worked at Lutron Electronics Co. for more than 18 years.

Paul Mathew, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Paul Mathew is a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He has a bachelor's degree in architecture, and a Ph.D. in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University. His area of expertise is energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and his experience includes technical consulting, tool development, training and financial risk management. Prior to joining LBNL, he worked for Enron Energy Services and the Center for Building Performance at Carnegie Mellon University.



John Mlade, Perkins+Will

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John Mlade serves as the National Market Sector Research Manager at Perkins+Will and brings his sustainability expertise to the table to lead the firm's green building research in science and technology. As a firmwide resource, he facilitates sustainable design with stakeholders on laboratory and campus projects around the world. His experience in sustainability and design is multidisciplinary and he has instructed sustainability-related courses at the university level at Colorado State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. As a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow, Mr. Mlade applies tools for systems thinking, reflective conversation, and visioning to promote positive change in his work. He completed training with the Climate Project, and has applied his climate change education and expertise on initiatives within Perkins+Will and in his community. He has worked extensively in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, has instructed the "Using LEED for New Construction on Laboratory Projects" workshop at Greenbuild for three years, and has been involved in over 75 LEED projects, including over 20 laboratories. He is LEED Accredited and a Home Energy Rating System Certified Energy Auditor.

Victor Neuman, Tour Andover Controls

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Victor Neuman specializes in energy conservation for laboratory buildings and clean rooms for Tour Andover Controls. Mr. Neuman started his laboratory consulting engineering career in 1983 with Earl Walls Associates specializing in laboratory buildings. He is a recipient of ASHRAE's Distinguished Service Award and also the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Safety Award. He was awarded a Masters of Science degree in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University. His thesis addressed simulating the operation of variable volume fume hoods. He also holds a Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Engineering from Cambridge University in Cambridge England. At Cambridge, Mr. Neuman did research in the Whittle wind tunnel. In 1998, Mr. Neuman became the head of the Irvine office of GPR Planners Collaborative/Jacobs Engineering. For much of the last 25 years, Victor has been involved in optimizing chemical exhaust fans for safety and energy.

Joe Phillips, IBM

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Joe Phillips is currently the director of Smarter Buildings/Smarter Cities at IBM Global Business Services. In his previous capacity with Phillips Collaborative, LLC as CEO and project director, he brought a special focus to the recovery of capital resources through the development and implementation of sustainability programs for facilities and operations. Mr. Phillips concentrated on the enhancement of science and technology missions through expert planning and design of operation-critical facilities. His diverse background and experience enabled capital project teams to create, align, and apply the best ideas. Prior to his time at Phillips Collaborative LLC, Mr. Phillips was the health and science practice leader for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM) in New York. At SOM, he was responsible for general management and advancing innovation and design excellence for this respected international design practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Phillips has generated significant growth for firms serving healthcare and research organizations. He has been a leader on capital projects worldwide for prominent research and healthcare enterprises and has successfully executed senior management responsibilities over the course of his 20-year career with top architecture and engineering firms.

For 15 years prior, Mr. Phillips was a scientist and operations manager responsible for technology development and transfer for healthcare and science organizations leading to the establishment of several successful healthcare service ventures.

Mr. Phillips has been instrumental in the integration of sustainable principles into both individual projects and the practice of facility design for research. As an architect, former scientist, and business manager, Mr. Phillips has the experience to quickly develop an understanding of an organization's operations and mission-critical requirements. Through this lens, Mr. Phillips can identify and advocate the integration of sustainable elements without compromising obligations for safety, scientific integrity, and productivity. He has served on the U.S. Green Building Council's Core Committee responsible for the development of the LEED Application Guide for Laboratories. He is a frequent lecturer and author on sustainable laboratory design and operations, focusing on financial returns and economic growth through the implementation of sustainable principles and systems.

Mr. Phillips completed a Master of Business Administration from New York University in 2009.

Peter Rumsey, Integral Group | Rumsey Engineers

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Peter Rumsey is a national leader in the design of low-energy buildings and the founder of Rumsey Engineers in Oakland, California. Rumsey Engineers was the first engineering firm in the United States to achieve four LEED Platinum projects. Mr. Rumsey has designed mechanical systems for data centers, clean rooms, and laboratories that are among the most energy efficient in the United States. His firm's projects have received many local and national awards from prominent industry organizations, including the Association of Energy Engineers and AIA. He is a registered professional engineer in 10 states, a certified energy manager, a Senior Fellow of Rocky Mountain Institute, and an ASHRAE Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of California (UC) at Berkeley's mechanical engineering program and is a frequent lecturer at industry events, conferences, and colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley and Stanford University. The focus of Mr. Rumsey's career has been transforming the building industry by designing affordable, energy-efficient buildings.

Dale Sartor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Dale Sartor, PE, heads the LBNL Building Technologies Applications Team, which assists in the transfer of new and underutilized technology through project-focused multidisciplinary teams. Mr. Sartor has an Bachelor of Arts in architecture, and a Masters of Business Administration. He is a licensed mechanical engineer, and a licensed general building contractor. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including 10 years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL's In-House Energy Management Program. Mr. Sartor is an active volunteer in professional organizations and lectures extensively.


Gordon Sharp, Aircuity, Inc.

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Gordon Sharp, the chairman of Aircuity, Inc., has more than 25 years of wide-ranging entrepreneurial experience and holds more than 25 U.S. patents in the fields of energy efficiency and laboratory controls. As founder, former president, and chief executive officer of Phoenix Controls, Mr. Sharp led the development of this world leader in laboratory airflow controls that was acquired by Honeywell in 1998. In 2000, Mr. Sharp founded Aircuity, a smart airside energy efficiency company that was spun out of Honeywell.

Mr. Sharp is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Sharp is a member of the Board of Directors of I2SL, the nonprofit foundation that hosts the I2SL Annual Conference and formerly cosponsored the Labs21 Annual Conference, a member of the ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation Committee, and a member of the ASHRAE SSPC standard 170 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities committee.

Thomas Smith, Exposure Control Technologies, Inc.

Thomas C. Smith is the president of Exposure Control Technologies, Inc. Mr. Smith is a leader in laboratory safety and energy management. He specializes in helping laboratories provide safe, dependable, and energy-efficient operation of laboratory hoods and ventilation systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Smith is active in developing national and international standards for laboratory ventilation and has served as chairman of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems and vice chairman of ANSI/ASHRAE 110 Fume Hood Testing. He is currently the vice chairman of ANSI/AIHA Z9 Standards for Ventilation and Health. Since 1985, Mr. Smith has participated in hundreds of laboratory ventilation projects and evaluated thousands of laboratory hood systems. His work has helped improve the safety of laboratory environments, reduced energy consumption, and saved millions of dollars in operating costs.  

William (Bill) Starr, Jr., University of California, Davis

William (Bill) Starr is a senior architect and project manager at the University of California at Davis. Mr. Starr managed the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Laboratory Building and is currently managing the Veterinary Medicine 3B Laboratory Building. The Tahoe Center was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification and the 3B building is targeting LEED Gold.  Mr. Starr is also leading an integrated planning effort to renovate two major laboratory buildings.

Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Otto Van Geet is a senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working in the Federal Energy Management Program. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Van Geet was the senior mechanical engineer in the Site Operations group at NREL, and a Mechanical Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. Mr. Van Geet has been involved in the design, construction, and operation of energy-efficient research and development facilities for microelectronics, photovoltaic, thermal, and biological research, as well as office and general use facilities. Mr. Van Geet has been involved with the Labs21 program since its inception and provides technical guidance for the program. His experience also includes passive solar building design, use of design tools, photovoltaic system design, energy audits, and minimizing energy use. Mr. Van Geet is a Registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Project Management Professional. Mr. Van Geet is also a member of ASHRAE and ASES and has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico.

John Weale, Integral Group | Rumsey Engineers

John Weale joined Rumsey Engineers in 1999. His work includes extensive design and modeling of efficient mechanical systems for critical environments, including data centers, laboratories, and cleanrooms. He also has considerable experience with many other buildings and complex chilled water plants.

A sample of Mr. Weale's past work includes the design of data centers and laboratories, design of efficient school buildings, and the consultation on the mechanical design of a green brewery building. In the high-performance arena, Mr. Weale's work has included the design of two high-efficiency pressurized plenum cleanroom bays, design of a cooling tower expansion for free cooling, a manufacturing building with extensive exhaust and pressurization control requirements, numerous energy audits and a modular 600 to 3,000 ton central plant utilizing absorption (waste heat driven) and electrical chillers. Cleanroom energy studies have included the measurement, critique, and retrofit payback analysis of the central plant and make-up air system of class 10, 100, and 1,000 cleanroom facilities. Other areas of work have included optimizing exhaust air energy recovery techniques (run around coils, flat plate heat exchangers, enthalpy wheels, and heat pipes), efficient fan systems and controls commissioning. Mr. Weale presented a paper commissioned by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories on low pressure drop, low energy use laboratory air handling systems at the Labs21 2002 Annual Conference. Another of Mr. Weale's projects, an upgrade to the Oakland Museum HVAC system to reduce energy use and improve space control, won an award from ASHRAE for technology innovation. Mr. Weale is a graduate of the University of Washington with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on energy systems.

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