The SEDAC alumni page recognizes all of the talented individuals who have been a part of our group over the years.
Tom began his career at SEDAC after attaining his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. His time at SEDAC was a crash course in energy efficiency, engineering economics, and sustainable design. He cherishes his time with his coworkers and site visits with clients across Illinois. He currently designs mechanical systems for net zero energy and other deep green buildings at Integral Group in San Jose, California. Tom focuses on passive approaches, radiant cooling and heating systems, dedicated outside air systems, and other strategies to minimize energy use and improve indoor environmental quality. His projects include the Exploratorium museum, Google, and University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
Tom previously worked as Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Illinois, he worked on building energy efficiency and LEED projects, coordinated grants, taught LEED accreditation courses, provided support to the Student Sustainability Committee, and co-authored the University's Climate Action Plan. Tom also holds a Masters Degree in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University, where he was a teaching assistant for Energy Efficient Buildings and Predicting and Measuring Building Energy Performance. He also researched energy management in Indian textile plants and the gap between building design and performance. Tom is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP.
Brian Albrecht joined SEDAC in the summer of 2012 and continued as a student research assistant during his second year of architecture graduate studies. Brian became active in the SEDAC New Construction Incentive Review program as a Building Energy Specialist and lent web design and jQuery assistance to SEDAC. Brian fondly recalls the friends and memories he made during his time in the program. Brian has since moved to Texas and is pursuing a career in architecture and engineering.
Jessica DeWitt is a Senior Analyst in Jones Lang Lasalle’s Strategic Consulting group in Chicago, IL. Ms. DeWitt’s real estate consulting experience focuses on real estate strategy and business intelligence, organizational design, process improvement, Corporate Real Estate (CRE) technology review and capital program planning, and sustainability. Ms. DeWitt attended the University of Illinois where she earned a MBA, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Science, and Minor in Business Administration. She is currently completing her Master of Science in Law at Northwestern Law.
Scott Jasinski started his professional career as a Building Energy Specialist after completing his B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. While working full time he also completed his Master's in Energy Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Over the course of his SEDAC career, he conducted numerous energy assessments and lead and assisted in many retro-commissioning projects. His passion lies in existing building commissioning (EBCx). Scott now is part of the Large Commercial Engineering team at the Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI).
Jess is now in formation to become a religious sister with the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, a men and women’s community that takes care of the poor and teaches Catholic theology on the West side of Chicago. Jess absolutely loved her time at SEDAC due to the quality staff and the care that they put into their work, and she is trying to carry those energy-saving lessons to her community & neighborhood.
Luis is Head of the Department of Energy and Fluid Sciences at Universidad Centroamericana J.S. Cañas.
Grace Pedersen joined the ERC in 2012 and works in the Energy Efficiency group. She currently performs energy assessments for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). She also conducts site visits for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (MEEA) Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program, as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Grace holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Nora Wang is a senior engineer and associate program manager for building efficiency at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has ten years of research experience in building energy efficiency and sustainability. She received her doctorate in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Beginning her career in architecture, Nora gained experience on international building projects and won several design competitions. Since joining PNNL in 2010, she has led a variety of building research projects, such as high-performance building evaluation, daylighting enhancement, climate action plan, and energy use data aggregation for disclosure. She is currently leading the development of DOE’s Building Asset Score, Home Energy Score, and Buildings of the Future scoping study.
Eric presently works as a Residential Building Systems Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Eric develops building energy analysis software tools to facilitate assessment of new and existing single-family and multi-family residential buildings.
Julie currently works as an Intern Architect at Boulder and Associates, focusing on sustainability and patient centered care.