STAFF DIRECTORY

The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) provides advice and analysis to assist public and private facilities within the State of Illinois in achieving energy efficiency savings and reducing the Illinois energy footprint.

SEDAC

Brian Deal

Brian Deal

SEDAC Executive Director

217-333-1911

deal@illinois.edu

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Dr. Brian Deal is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois. He is actively engaged in teaching and research on issues relating to energy systems and sustainable planning. His scholarship includes the study of planning from an energy conservation perspective, urban land use transformation and modeling, planning for climate change, and approaches that enable communities to make better (more sustainable) decisions. He is the Director of the University’s Smart Energy Design Assistance Center; Director of the LEAM laboratory; and active in number of University and community sustainability initiatives; he also collaborates with several international Universities on comparative approaches to planning and urban sustainability. His work has been supported by a host of regional, state, federal, and international agencies. Brian Deal is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois. He is actively engaged in teaching and research on issues relating to energy systems and sustainable planning. His scholarship includes the study of planning from an energy conservation perspective, urban land use transformation and modeling, planning for climate change, and approaches that enable communities to make better (more sustainable) decisions. He is the Director of the University’s Smart Energy Design Assistance Center; Director of the LEAM laboratory; and active in number of University and community sustainability initiatives; he also collaborates with several international Universities on comparative approaches to planning and urban sustainability. His work has been supported by a host of regional, state, federal, and international agencies.

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Ben Sliwinski

Ben Sliwinski

Technical Director

217-244-4394

bsliwins@illinois.edu

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Ben J. Sliwinski is presently Technical Director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Sliwinski has more than thirty years experience as a project manager and principal investigator completing interdisciplinary research projects involving energy systems simulation and analysis, design optimization of energy systems, software development, data collection, statistical data analysis, and utility program evaluation. He has provided consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private research organizations in the areas of building energy efficiency, energy system modeling, and energy data analysis.

He has a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois, with specialization in Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics. He has completed three advanced courses in systems simulation and optimization (ME323, ME423, ME499) at the University of Illinois Mechanical Engineering Department. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois with specialization in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Robert Nemeth

Robert Nemeth

Director of Research

217-300-5617

rnemeth@illinois.edu

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Robert Nemeth is a Building Energy Specialist for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). He consults with Illinois businesses to help them identify cost effective improvements to their planned or existing buildings and equipment to increase energy efficiency. Studies examine insulation levels, the effects of different glazing types, roof characteristics, mechanical system alternatives, lighting systems and controls, and more.

Robert has also worked at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (USACERL) for eight years as a researcher in the Energy Systems Division performing many of the same functions as at SEDAC.

Robert has his own architectural practice and also works for the Building Research Council (BRC) at the University of Illinois. BRC projects include investigating mold in Native American Housing for ONAP/HUD, and energy related work. He has been to approximately 36 Reservations to investigate moisture related housing problems, and provide on-site technical assistance. Robert also was the technical consultant on two videos addressing mold issues and building practices in Native American Housing.

Robert is a licensed Architect in the State of Illinois. He has been involved with the design and construction of buildings since 1975. He has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, a Masters of Architecture, and Master of Science in Civil Engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught building technology courses at the University of Illinois in the School of Architecture and at Parkland College in the Building Sciences Department.

Kristine Chalifoux

Kristine Chalifoux

Director of Management and Operations

217-244-1315

kmchalif@illinois.edu

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Kristine Chalifoux is a licensed architect who has spent much of her career working with energy efficiency and sustainable buildings.  She holds a BA from Clemson University, a B Arch from University of Arizona, and an MBA from the University of Illinois.  She has worked as a Director of the Environmental program at the American Institute of Architects and was a partner in the energy and sustainability consulting firm, ENSAR Group, in Boulder Colorado.  Kristine has worked on many projects around the United States including the Greening of the White House during the Clinton Administration and the first straw bale house in Urbana, Illinois.

Kristine is a member of the local board of education, providing facility expertise to the district.

As a Design Assistance Specialist for SEDAC, Kristine consults with businesses throughout the state to help them reduce their energy use and improve their financial bottom line.

Eileen Westervelt

Eileen Westervelt

Director of Retro-commissioning

217-300-5469

ewesterv@illinois.edu

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Eileen Westervelt is a Building Energy Specialist for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). She performs energy assessments for small businesses and identifies strategies to increase business profitability by enhancing the energy and cost performance of building construction, space conditioning equipment, standard appliances/ equipment, specialized commercial/ industrial processes, and power generation. Recently her work on energy trends and options for Army installations received national and international attention as is was discussed in the US Congress and reviewed by US News and World Report, Energy Bulletin and Global Public Media.

Eileen served as a Research Engineer for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center/Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) for fifteen years. She led the Strategic Energy Planning group, which reviewed and suggested improvement opportunities for Army Energy Programs, including energy management, energy security, and building construction. These comprehensive recommendations were supported with policy, business process, energy, financial and pollution assessments. As program manager of REEP, an energy modeling software, Eileen was responsible for model enhancements, software releases and website design and maintenance. On the Energy Security Plans team, she assessed distributed generation (DG) options for increased electrical security at Army installations. She co-developed a screening tool for assorted DG technologies including renewable energy, fuel cells, micro turbines, and internal/external combustion engines. She managed assorted energy demonstration and verification projects of building envelope upgrades, HVAC equipment and controls, and commissioning efforts. She is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager and member of AEE (Association of Energy Engineers) and SAME (Society of American Military Engineers). She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Jean Ascoli

Jean Ascoli

Director, New Construction

217-244-7755

jlascoli@illinois.edu

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Jean Ascoli is a licensed architect and certified energy manager (CEM), currently engaged full time in building energy analysis and auditing of commercial and public buildings with the University of Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). In her role as SEDAC’s Program Director for New Constructor, Jean has consulted with a wide variety of Illinois public sector clients to help them optimize energy efficiency in their new facility designs; reviewed completed construction documents and energy model data for some of the State’s highest performing, public sector, new construction projects; and mentored architectural students and recent graduates in high performance building design. Jean has more than twenty-five years of professional experience encompassing all aspects of architecture as well as restoration expertise and fine furniture making.

Karen Winter-Nelson

Karen Winter-Nelson

Assistant Director, Monitoring and Evaluation

217-244-5887

kwinter@illinois.edu

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Karen Winter-Nelson manages program tracking and reporting for SEDAC. She oversees the design and operation of data collection, management, and analysis for all SEDAC activities.

Karen has over twenty years of experience conducting research and analysis for policy and program use. She has experience in the areas of research design, project management, data management, analysis, planning, survey work, and editing. She started at SEDAC in 2008. Her past work includes research and analysis related to affordable and low-income housing for local, state, and federal governments and organizations.

Karen has a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Ann Campbell

Ann Campbell

Assistant Director, Outreach and Communications

217-333-3784

acampbll@illinois.edu

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Ann Campbell has been with SEDAC since 2005. She takes care of web content for sedac.org, organizes and keeps track of the outreach and training opportunities for the UIUC-SEDAC team, monitors the project flow, and coordinates production of the monthly SEDAC newsletter. She interacts with partner organizations to facilitate exchange of information and ideas.

Ann graduated from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in geography and economic history. After graduation she worked for the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in public housing research and development. She came to Champaign-Urbana in 1977 to pursue a Master of Urban Planning degree at the University of Illinois. She worked in the UI Housing Research and Development program on housing needs studies and housing for the elderly. She has served on several boards of volunteer organizations in leadership positions. She designed and maintained content for websites for these organizations.

Todd Rusk

Todd Rusk

Senior Building Energy Specialist

217-333-8955

trusk@illinois.edu

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Todd Rusk is a Senior Building Energy Specialist at the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC), and he manages the Mini-Retro-Commissioning (Mini-RCx) program and conducts energy assessments for public sector, commercial, industrial, institutional and not-for-profit facilities. Two particular areas of energy efficiency specialization include industrial processes and HVAC systems. Todd holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been recognized as a Certified Energy Manager™ by the Association of Energy Engineers since 2002.

For the past 15 years, Todd has served in various roles related to technical assistance, technology development, and applied research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In these roles he developed expertise in sustainability for manufacturing processes, specifically the reduction of energy, water, waste, and chemicals, in diverse settings ranging from heavy industry manufacturing complexes to small fabric dye shops. In his current role at SEDAC managing the Mini-RCx program, Todd works extensively with public sector facilities smaller than 120,000 square feet, helping these facilities realize significant energy cost savings through low-to-no-cost investments in HVAC system control measures.

In addition to his work at UIUC, Todd serves as a commissioner on the City of Urbana Sustainability Advisory Commission, where he helped to develop the City of Urbana Climate Action Plan and the City of Urbana Water Plan.

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson

Director, Training and Education

217-244-2402

aar@illinois.edu

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Andy Robinson is the Program Director for Training and Education and is responsible for SEDAC’s internal and external education efforts. This includes the new staff and intern training program, public workshops, professional development courses, and development of online training materials. He has performed numerous energy audits and building energy modeling for public and private clients, along with public outreach and consultation for civic and community groups in Illinois.

Previous teaching experience includes five summers teaching environmental science at Boy Scout Camp, teaching LEGO robotics to at-risk youth in Hartford, and lecturing at various university courses. As a course instructor for UP466: Energy and Planning in the Built Environment, Robinson teaches the world energy outlook, building energy analysis, and building energy modeling to students from disciplines across campus, including Urban Planning, Architecture, and Mechanical Engineering.

Robinson attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT as an Illinois Scholar, graduating with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, and a concentration in City Studies. His first career work was with an East-coast marine survey company, where he processed data from side-scan sonar surveys of underwater sites for wind turbines, power cables, and pipelines. After a trip to the 2007 Solar Decathlon on the mall in Washington, Robinson signed up for a LEED certification course with a local green architectural firm. He is a LEED accredited professional, a Certified Energy Manager, and member of AEE (Association of Energy Engineers).

Scott Pickard

Scott Pickard

Senior Energy Specialist

217-333-3437

spickard@illinois.edu

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Scott Pickard has joined SEDAC to promote and support the Illinois Energy Now program incentives for public-sector gas-saving improvements. The Illinois Energy Now program was created and launched by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Gas-saving energy efficiency incentives for the public sector are available to customers of Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, or Peoples Gas. Public sector participants can be from federal, state, and local government units, including county, township, and municipal offices, as well as public safety, water and park districts, and public schools, community colleges, public universities, and colleges.

Prior to joining SEDAC, Scott served as UIUC’s Director of Research Park and its technology business incubator, EnterpriseWorks, from 2002-2009; and most recently as the Associative Director – Technology Transfer and Business Development, for the Information Trust Institute at UIUC from 2009-2012.

Scott has been involved in corporate governance and directorship for over twenty years. He has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards and is currently Director, Secretary and Executive Committee Member, on the Board of the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative with over 40,000 member-owners and $273M in assets.

Scott earned a Master of Science (M.S.), Civil Engineering, 1979; and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, 1972, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sean Wynne

Yong Wook Kim

Senior Research Specialist

217-265-0217

ywkim@illinois.edu

Aaron Petri

Building Energy Specialist

217-333-7551

petri@illinois.edu

Sean Wynne

Sean Wynne

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-5952

312-413-8546

swynne2@illinois.edu

Ben Reinhart

Ben Reinhart

Building Energy Specialist

217-244-0373

breinha3@illinois.edu

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Ben Reinhart is a Building Energy Specialist for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. Ben joined SEDAC in May 2011 and his certifications include: CEM and EIT. He currently works on energy assessments, retro-commissioning, and new construction projects. Ben also works part-time for the Building Research Council (BRC) at the University of Illinois. He also serves as the SEDAC and BRC representative for the Illinois Statewide Technical Reference Manual (TRM) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) discussions.

Ben graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in General Engineering in May 2009 and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering in December 2010.

Donghwa Kim

Donghwa Kim

Building Energy Specialist

217-244-2314

dkim96@illinois.edu

Sumi Han

Marcus Ricci

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-7285

ricci2@illinois.edu

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Marcus Ricci is a Building Energy Specialist at SEDAC’s Champaign office. He joined SEDAC as a Research Assistant in September of 2012 and moved up to full-time status in July of 2013. Marcus focuses on building energy assessments for public and private buildings, with a special focus on multi-building Net Zero Energy planning.

Marcus graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Masters of Urban Planning in 2013, and an M.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University. Prior work roles include county urban planner, stormwater conservationist, rare species propagator, and landscape restorationist. He works on-campus and in-town promoting sustainability through action transportation and waste reduction projects.

Sumi Han

Sumi Han

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-1820

sumihan@illinois.edu

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Sumi Han is a Building Energy Specialist for SEDAC. She conducts energy assessments for public and private buildings with special focus on lighting and new construction projects. In 2009 and 2015, Sumi taught Environmental Technology: Lighting for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Sumi has been a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional since 2006 and is also a Lighting Certified Professional (the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions) since 2001. In addition, Sumi has been an International Association of Lighting Designers Associate since 2008. She has a M.S. in Lighting from Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.A. in Art Education from UIUC; and M.E. in City Planning from Hongik University, Seoul, Korea.

Emmy Riley

Emmy Riley

Building Energy Specialist

217-244-3380

eriley2@illinois.edu

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Emmy Riley is a Building Energy Specialist at SEDAC’s Chicago office. Emmy joined SEDAC in September 2010. She currently works on energy assessments, retro-commissioning, and new construction projects. Prior to working at SEDAC, Emmy worked for a year at a management consulting firm.

Emmy graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in General Engineering in May 2009. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Nic Crowder

Nic Crowder

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-0247

ncrowde2@illinois.edu

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Nicholas Crowder is currently engaged full time in building energy analysis and auditing of commercial and public buildings with the University of Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center in Champaign, IL. Nic joined SEDAC in August 2012, and continues to pursue his passion of reducing energy use pollution and promoting a healthier built environment.

Nic graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a M.S. in Civil Engineering in May 2012. He worked for a year with the Efficient Living: Illinois Public Housing Authority Energy Program before continuing his energy-related work with SEDAC.

Greg Swiss

Greg Swiss

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-5741

gswiss@illinois.edu

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Greg Swiss is a Building Energy Specialist for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. Greg manages energy assessment projects and is active in the retrocomissioning teams. Energy assessments include over 4 million sf and include a wide range of projects including industrial food processing and museums to local 4-h buildings. He develops internal and external education material including SEDAC workshops.

Greg has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State with a specialization in sustainability and is currently pursuing a Masters in Energy Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago. He has experience in analyzing materials embodied energy and lifecycle energy use. Greg works out of the SEDAC Chicago office and manages projects in northern Illinois.

Bev Thomas

Bev Thomas

Technical Editor

bethomas@illinois.edu

Thulasi Ram

Thulasi Ram Khamma

Building Energy Specialist

217-244-8244

khamma2@illinois.edu

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Thulasi Ram Khamma is a Building Energy Specialist at the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. Ram joined SEDAC in May 2013. He currently works on energy assessments and retro-commissioning projects.

Ram graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Masters in Architecture in May 2013. He pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, India in 2010 and worked at architectural design firms in Bangalore for two years. He has experience with various building energy modeling tools like eQuest, EnergyPlus, Trace softwares etc.

Holly Nelson

Holly Nelson

Implementation Coordinator

217-300-3882

hrnelson@illinois.edu

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Holly Nelson is the Implementation Coordinator at SEDAC. She stays in touch with clients to let them know about the latest funding opportunities and gather information about the energy savings projects they are pursuing. If you need any help getting your project off the ground, contact her!

Holly has a BS in Civil Engineering and a Master of Urban Planning with an emphasis in sustainability. She joined the SEDAC team in 2012. She began her undergraduate studies with an interest in the technical details of creating a sustainable built environment. Today her focus has broadened to thinking about the practical aspects of how to help communities and institutions become more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.

Max Pike

Max Pike

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-4383

pikem05@illinois.edu

Wesley Clayborn

Building Energy Specialist

217-244-6912

wclaybor@illinois.edu

Lucas Kappel

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-5774

lkappel@illinois.edu

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Lucas Kappel is a Building Energy Specialist for the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Lucas joined in March 2014 and consults with Illinois organizations to help them identify cost effective improvements to their planned or existing buildings and equipment to increase energy efficiency. Studies examine insulation levels, the effects of different glazing types, roof characteristics, mechanical system alternatives, lighting systems and controls, and more.

Lucas graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Renewable Energy in May 2013 and has past experience in bioenergy research and solar energy policy.

Shawn Maurer

Shawn Maurer

Building Energy Specialist

217-244-3649

spmaurer@illinois.edu

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I am a building energy specialist and engineer-in-training who started at SEDAC in July 2013. I work in on energy assessments, new construction, and retro-commissioning projects, as well as presenting at public outreach programs.

I graduated with a Master of Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering from the University of Louisville in Kentucky in July 2011. I worked for two years in Kentucky and Southern Indiana as a RESNET HERS Rater and BPI Building Analyst for residential utility rebate programs. I have designed a net-zero energy house and contributed to energy upgrade recommendations research for the Kentucky Green Schools program using eQuest energy modeling software.

Zachary Klaas

Building Energy Specialist / Graphic Designer

217-300-1071

zklaas2@illinois.edu

Seth Rients

Seth Rients

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-4494

rients@illinois.edu

Kacie Dieter

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-2374

kmdiete2@illinois.edu

Brian Yeung

Brian Yeung

Building Energy Specialist

217-300-2118

bsyeung2@illinois.edu

360 Energy Group

Wael El-Sharif

Wael El-Sharif

Chief Executive of 360 Energy Group

312-962-2105

wael@360eg.com

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Wael El-Sharif is Chief Executive and founder of 360 Energy Group, an international energy consulting firm. He plays a major role in the strategic development and oversight of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Program. Prior to 360, he was Executive Director at the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium a $100+ million public-private emerging technology market transformation collaborative. He develops, implements, and directs internal and external strategies, policies, operations, business planning and business development activities, technology deployment initiatives, and market mobilization programs for corporate clients, electric utilities, energy services companies, and government agencies (state, federal, international).  He is an expert in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology, assessment and commercialization.

Wael is a skilled policy maker and has helped influence public legislation, regulation and rulemakings in the United States, Canada and Europe.  He has helped many energy companies and businesses increase profits.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Engineering Management in Marketing of Technology from the George Washington University.

 

 

 

 

Mike Stanch is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN. Mike has over 19 years of experience in the lighting energy efficiency field and has worked in almost every type of building from hospitals to retail to office space as well as schools and universities. He is a Design Assistance Expert with SEDAC as well as a trade ally to the Com Ed, Ameren and SEDAC energy efficiency programs.

Mike’s role as Energy Solutions Manager is to provide outreach services, technical support and implementation coordination for SEDAC customers looking to implement SEDAC recommendations. He is also involved in helping SEDAC customers access available financial resources like utility and government incentives and financing.

Ashley Collins

Ashley Harrington

360EG Program Director

312-267-2864

ashley@360eg.com

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Ashley has more than 10 years of experience in environmental management and policy.  Most recently, she worked for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC), where she managed the Illinois Campaign to Clean Up Diesel Pollution, a coalition of more than 100 public health, business, labor, and environmental organizations committed to reducing diesel pollution in the state. Previous to her employment at RHAMC, she worked for a national leading environmental organization in Washington DC where she worked to advance clean air, renewable, and energy policy. Ashley received a B.S. in Environmental Science from DePaul University in Chicago and M.A. in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from George Washington University in Washington DC.

Paul Reitz

Paul Reitz

360EG Energy Solutions Manager

312-267-2863

paul@360eg.com

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Paul Reitz attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has developed a passion for energy efficiency through a yearlong co-op in Building Automated Systems and in his work managing energy modeling for federal tax incentives.   Paul has performed energy models on over 50 buildings of several different types, including: schools, hi-rise hotels, and low-rise office buildings.  He has analyzed over 5.5 million square feet of building area.  Additionally, he brings energy audit experience to 360 Energy Group, which includes studies of a manufacturing facility, military facilities, and a 400,000 square foot commerce building.

As an Energy Engineer with 360 Energy Group, Paul provides technical assistance to both SEDAC clients and Design Assistance Experts.   Additionally he works with Design Assistance Experts to manage the technical phases of Design Assistance projects.

Muhammad M Salahuddin

Muhammad M Salahuddin

360EG Senior Energy Engineer

312-267-2862

muhammad@360eg.com

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Muhammad has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from University of Central Florida, and a graduate degree in Energy Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has long been involved in buildings’ energy conservation and efficiency, as well as in electrical (power & lighting) and HVAC design of various facilities. 

At 360 Energy Group, Muhammad provides assistance to clients for all the engineering and technical aspect of the projects.  Also, Muhammad manages technical aspects of retro-commissioning and design assistance projects, from the start to the successful completion.

Kristina Prosperi

Kristina Prosperi

Program Associate

312-267-2865

kristina@360eg.com

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Kristy is a recent graduate of DePaul University, where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies. At DePaul, Kristy was the Vice-Chair of the Student Government Association’s Sustainable Initiative Committee and developed environmental campaigns and projects on campus.

Robert Irmiger

Robert Irmiger

Program Manager

312-546-9961

robert@360eg.com

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Robert Irmiger is a Program Manager at 360EG and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. Robert has various experience working within the sustainability and energy efficiency sector on projects ranging from air pollution research and waste reduction to energy analysis. Most recently, Robert worked as a Project Manager for an environmental non-profit overseeing projects impacting facility and operational efficiency and risk management.

Brock Auerbach-Lynn

Brock Auerbach-Lynn

Project Manager

773-236-8901

brock@360eg.com

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Brock recently completed a double Master’s degree at Illinois Institute of Technology (Masters of Business; Environmental Management & Sustainability) and has various experience in energy and environmental consulting. Moreover, of note, he served as an Intern for IGEN and helped design and carry out a behavior energy conversation pilot program at IIT, which saves 14,300 kWh annually.

Simon Nowak

Simon Nowak

Energy Engineer

312-962-3102

simon@360eg.com

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Simon Nowak completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Over eight years in the sustainability industry, Simon has provided clients with a variety of services including commissioning, retro-commissioning, energy audits, and LEED consulting. Simon has participated and led projects in a diverse set of sectors including residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and government. As a contractor for Com Ed, Simon provided consulting services for the City of Chicago energy reduction program, recommending strategies that could result in an energy savings of over five million kWh.

At 360 Energy Group, Simon provides technical assistance to clients and manages technical aspects of SEDAC design assistance and retro-commissioning projects.

Alex Zuro

Energy Engineer

312-546-9962

alex@360eg.com

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Alex recently received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University. While attending Valparaiso, Alex assisted in various research, including research in ultra-high temperature ceramics for the reentry of spacecraft.

Zydre Toliusis

Zydre Toliusis

Accountant/Office Manager

773-236-8903

zydre@360eg.com

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Zydre is the Accountant/Office Manager at 360 Energy Group and has two undergraduate degrees. One is Civil Engineering from Kaunas Technology University in Lithuania and other one in Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Zydre has over eight years of experience in the office management, HR, accounting, and finance fields.

At 360 Energy Group, Zydre manages company HR and accounting, as well as, office management duties. Additionally she assists the SEDAC program in program management and issuing and processing contracts.

Amaan Laheri

Energy Engineer

 

amaan@360EG.com

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Amaan Laheri is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 7 years of professional experience in Mechanical and Energy engineering. Amaan has developed and managed energy efficiency programs across the United States and has also worked internationally as a sustainability consultant. At 360 Energy Group, he utilizes his past experience to identify and quantify energy saving measures for his clients. In addition, he provides building retro-commissioning services and comprehensive energy audits to best serve his client’s interests.

Prior to his employment with 360 Energy Group, Amaan had worked as a Lead Engineer with the ComEd Smart Ideas for your Business program for 3 years. He has a strong background in building automation systems, cogeneration plants, LEED building rating systems, new construction commissioning, and industrial processes. Amaan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in New Construction.

ERC Chicago

Pat Brown

Patrick Brown

Research Engineer

312-996-5055

prbrown@illinois.edu

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Patrick Brown is a full time energy assessor at the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center. Since starting at SEDAC in 2007, Patrick has assessed and performed energy modeling on a large variety of buildings: from the small such as convenience stores and small apartment complexes; to large warehouses and condominium buildings; to public buildings such as schools and courthouses.

Patrick graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and a minor in Physics. Upon graduating, he became interested in playing a role in the increasingly important field of energy conservation and green technologies. He joined SEDAC in order to help businesses and public buildings become more efficient and to help increase awareness of energy conservation throughout the state.

Steve Wallon

Steve Wallon

Research Engineer

312-355-1389

swallon2@uic.edu

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Steve Wallon is a building energy professional and technological hobbyist with a passion for sustainable practices which improve the built environment and the lives within it.

In February of 2013, Steve joined the Energy Resources Center (ERC) producing energy assessments in collaboration with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). Prior to that, Steve worked directly for SEDAC's team of experienced architects and engineers where he provided technical advice to public/private sector clients on topics of environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewables. Activities include stakeholder and design team coordination, design review, technical research, feasibility evaluation, cost estimation, building and HVAC system inspections, and retro-commissioning.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His graduate thesis work investigated energy efficiency, sustainability, and also design-behavior principles; his thesis won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2nd place Chicago Prize and the Ecological Design Consortium's (EDC) 1st place Green Rescheme competition.

Steve has successfully passed the Certified Energy Manager® (CEM) professional exam sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and is also accredited as a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associate.

Suchi Prabhu

Suchithra Prabhu

 

 

 

sprabhu2@uic.edu

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