Hall of Fame


2010 - 2014







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For the past twenty-five years, since 1990, the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame has honored outstanding leaders in the energy industry who over their lifetimes have made significant contributions in the field of energy management.

Candidates may be employed, retired, or deceased. The first qualification is a minimum of twenty years of documented accomplishments in the commercial, institutional, or industrial sectors. Other qualifications include honors and awards, papers and publications, patents and inventions, education and professional licensing, community involvement, and service to AEE.

The Energy Management Professionals Council (EMPC) oversees the election of new members to the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted from members of the Energy Managers Hall of Fame, members of the current AEE Executive Committee, and Presidents of local AEE Chapters. The EMPC reviews the nominations that have been submitted and confirms that the qualifications of each candidate meet the high standards set by the Hall of Fame. A Ballot is then submitted to the Members of the Energy Managers Hall of Fame for voting.

Those elected into this prestigious group are formally inducted each year into the Energy Managers Hall of Fame at the Keynote Luncheon of the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). All Hall of Fame members are recognized each year at the WEEC.

The Energy Managers Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Association of Energy Engineers and is sponsored by the AEE Energy Managers Society (EMS).

(Picture of Hall of Fame at WEEC)

George Buster Barksdale
Buster is Vice President of Business Development for Empower Energies. He drives the company’s business development activities, with an emphasis on CHP and related technologies, as a part of the organization’s integrated offer. He also plays a significant role in identifying, diligencing, and consummating strategic mergers and acquisitions.  Just as important, he also has leadership role in the deployment of Empower’s DG Growth Engine, providing a full, differentiated suite of capital and other services for the engineering firms and developers with which Empower partners to bring projects online.

Buster is a Certified Energy Manager with over 36 years of energy management experience and has served at all organizational and functional levels. His service started in 1978 as an Energy Manager. Since then he has performed engineering, energy management, construction management, performance contracts, facility operations, and consulted on government energy policy and procurement procedures. He managed developments that included a $1.1B project with over $100M per year in construction for multiple sites and types of facilities. While in the Air Force he managed programs of over $900M annually including $95M in leases. Buster also managed Demand Management generation and CoGeneration assets with over $280M in projects last year. His leadership skills and his prominent status in the energy industry are recognized by government, business and professional organizations. 

Buster holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University, an MPA in Public Administration from Oklahoma University, and Air War College degrees. He retired from the Air Force and has held management positions with SAIC and Primary Integration.  He is a Life Member, a Fellow and serves as the International Director of Government Affairs for the Association of Energy Engineers as well as President of the Washington DC post.  Buster also sponsored the Department of Energy’s pilot course on Data Center Energy Practitioners for the East Coast. His credentials include Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP), Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) and LEED Associate (USGBC).

Dennis Landsberg
Dr. Landsberg has over 39 years of experience in energy efficient building technologies, building energy analysis and audits, energy consumption, demand-side management, commissioning and energy conscious building simulation and design.  His building end-use metering applications include DSM impact evaluation, RD&D applications for buildings and alternate fuel vehicles and building energy simulations.  Dr. Landsberg has also provided expert witness testimony with regard to performance of energy conservation systems and programs.  Services included development of energy program workbooks, training seminars and demonstration projects for energy efficient technologies.  Dr. Landsberg has been providing Monitoring and Verification services for his entire professional career.  Projects have included utility and government R&D projects, energy conservation program R&D projects and ESCO review services. 

He served as Chairman of the ASHRAE Guideline 14 Project Committee, Measurement of Energy Demand and Water Savings.  He is chairman of the ASHRAE TC7.6 subcommittee on Monitoring and Energy Performance and Secretary of TC 7.6. Dr. Landsberg is  a voting member of ASHRAE Standards Committees 100 – Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings and 211 – Building Energy Audits.  He was also the lead author of ASHRAE’s Energy Efficiency Guides for Existing Buildings, and is currently preparing an e-learning course for the ASHRAE Handbook of Energy Audits.

Dr. Landsberg has been responsible for conducting hundreds of energy audits including preparation of work scopes, gathering data in the field, energy analysis and report preparation.  The measures analyzed have included industrial process improvements, anaerobic digestion, wind, photovoltaic, as well as building energy efficiency improvements.  He has led numerous commissioning, retro-commissioning and LEED commissioning studies. Projects have included data centers, and combined heat and power.  He has also managed numerous modeling projects for new construction including LEED projects.  

Significant projects include ELCAP – the first major end-use monitoring project in the United States under Oak Ridge National Laboratories, co-authorship of the DOE Technical Support document that resulted in the DOE-2 computer program being named the Standard Evaluation Technique; evaluation of the first super ESPC project at Fort Polk, Louisiana; development of ASEAM, the first commercial energy modeling program designed to run on a PC; authorship of GSA’s second A&E Guide for Energy Conservation in Buildings – Volume 1 and work on the ACT2 project.


Arun Jhaveri, PhD
Dr. Arun Jhaveri has over 35 years of professional experience in energy management, engineering, community service, advisory & consulting support, and teaching higher education, both in public and private sectors, in the US and abroad. In the 1970s, serving as Science & Technology Advisor for the City of Seattle, Dr. Jhaveri designed, developed, and implemented the first-ever “Urban Technology” Program, funded by 2-year National Science Foundation grant to the City of Seattle. He integrated innovative technologies in variety of City programs that resulted in enhanced urban service and sustainable community benefits. Since then he has worked for the John Graham & Company (now DLR Group) as Energy Management Specialist, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Seattle District, Military Medical Facilities Unit, and the Western Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Energy in Seattle, WA, as Regional Technology Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). Dr. Jhaveri earned his doctoral degree (Ed.D./Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership/Sustainable Development, Seattle University, 2006. In the last seven years, Dr. Jhaveri has completed a number of consulting assignments in energy management and sustainability for both public and private sector clients, including Cities, Counties, State & Federal government agencies, and Private Sector Businesses and Industries. He has also been appointed as an Expert Reviewer by the Chair of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to help formalize the Fifth Assessment Report for the Governments and Public, by June 2014. Dr. Jhaveri has continued to serve as an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and the energy and sustainability community. His dedication to his local community, teaching energy principles to students, and his leadership in supporting economic public policies demonstrate his commitment to creating a sustainable future. He has served as a speaker or session chair at numerous AEE conferences over the past 15 years, was a founding member of AEE’s Pacific Northwest Chapter in Seattle, and has taught AEE courses on sustainable development, carbon reduction, and renewable energy.

Eric Woodroof, PhD
Dr. Eric Woodroof is well known in the energy management arena as a consultant, trainer and published author. He also has developed cutting-edge curriculum and certification exams for AEE’s CEM, CRM and other training programs. These courses are endorsed by regions as diverse as Hong Kong, South Africa, the Middle East and North/South America. Dr. Woodroof's leadership to help companies profitably reduce energy consumption has had a positive impact on our economy and environment.  His work is non-political, economically beneficial and environmentally friendly. Beyond his personal passion to get more projects approved (to help the environment), he is regarded for his ability to explain and simplify complex concepts.  During the past 5 years, he has taught about 130 seminars/keynote speeches on 5 continents in an effort to advance the field and ensure a better energy future.  In 2011, Dr. Woodroof served as the President of AEE and initiated many scholarship programs that attracted many young professionals into the field. In the past 21 years, he has helped over 400 organizations and governments improve profits with energy and environmental solutions, worth over $100 million in savings. Some examples of successful projects include identifying $1.6 million/year in compressed air system savings for GM, making recommendations for Lockheed Martin that would yield a 200% return on investment, developing a $4 million predictive maintenance service contract for Hertz to reduce downtime, and developing lighting and controls projects over $1.5 million for Phillips. Dr. Woodroof has donated countless hours to the AEE in developing and teaching the CEM, CRM, Skills Update and other custom courses. In addition to his tenure as president of AEE, he has served AEE through the publication of many papers and his service on several boards/leadership positions including the CEM and CRM Certification Boards and the International Certification Board, and his role editing the AEE journal Energy Engineering. Dr. Woodroof has been a Life Member of AEE since 1999.



James W. (Jim) Brown
James W. (Jim) Brown, P.E., is Senior Consultant for the Terracon Corporation in Round Rock, TX. In 1982, Jim formed his own company, Energy Systems Associates (ESA) to focus his career on energy efficient designs and operations within public facilities. During those years Jim led his firm through several state and federal agency funded energy programs, including 30 years of service as the technical representative for the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) serving public entities under the State Energy Partnership Program, and 20 years working with the State’s LoanSTAR Loan program.  Through these years, Jim and his firm produced 2,250 ASHRAE Level 2 audits and 42 ASHRAE Level 3 audits (approximately 50 percent of the total loans provided under the LoanSTAR program) producing $399 million in cumulative energy cost savings for public entities. Overall, Jim’s audits and designs have provided an average of 17 percent energy savings in the 500+ school, hospital and municipal government agencies he has served. In 1998, three state agencies in Texas selected Jim to serve on the Texas Energy Performance Contracting Guidelines (TEPCG) committee to give guidance to the development of the local ESCO industry.  Among the first to recognize the critical role commissioning plays in energy efficiency and ESCO work, ESA under Jim’s leadership led commissioning and retro-commissioning implementation in the energy industry.  After nearly three decades of extremely successful operations, he sold ESA to Terracon.  Today his responsibilities include setting up energy management and commissioning services, and training staff to provide energy related services to clients from the 130 nationwide network of Terracon offices, and establishing energy management capabilities throughout the corporation. It is inevitable that a leader in the field like Jim would interact with the Association that has done so much for energy efficiency.  Jim has served as a speaker at numerous World Energy Engineering Congresses and has also spoken at international AEE conferences in Budapest and Milan.  He has had several papers published in Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, and the Energy Engineering Journal, both AEE publications.  He has conducted several AEE seminars, including the “Energy Efficiency Management Seminar (1998 – 2000), the Advanced Energy Auditing seminar (2006-7), and is currently co-instructing the Advanced Energy Auditing Master Level Seminar (2012-13). Jim is currently serving on the AEE Master Level Energy Auditing Certification Board and the AEE Master Level Commissioning Certification Board.

Dr. W. Dan Turner
Dr. W. Dan Turner, Ph.D., P.E., is the Founder, President, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Bee (Building Energy Efficiency, LLC) in Austin, TX. Dr. Turner’s career spans over four decades of implementing visionary, highly-effective energy management and university-level education and HVAC research with lasting, significant impacts at the state, national and international levels. He is widely recognized as a hard-working, extremely modest innovator, advocate and outstanding energy educator by his peers. He continues today with the same innovation and energy as CEO of a family of energy-engineering companies in Austin, Texas. He was the founding director of the award-winning Energy Systems Laboratory, a division of the Texas A&M University which provides buildings research, Continuous Commissioning® and training. He is also the co-founder of the Continuous Commissioning® (CC®) Process. He has directed teams that implemented retro-commissioning in over 400 buildings worldwide. In his work with the Association of Energy Engineers, Dr. Turner developed and taught the 5-day seminar Life-Cycle Building Commissioning and Advanced Retro-Commissioning. In 1989 he was awarded the distinction of Energy Manager of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers. He was also the Director and Chief Engineer of AEE’s 2010 National Energy Project of the Year, the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport Energy Management Project for Terminal D and Energy Plaza, 2007-2010.



Dr. Warren Heffington
Dr. Warren Heffington, Ph.D, C.E.M., C.D.S.M., B.E.P., G.B.E., C.E.A., is Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering for Texas A&M University where he founded the Industrial Assessment Center and was its director for 25 years until his retirement in 2011. Under his leadership, the Texas A&M University Industrial Assessment Center achieved six national awards, including the very first Center of Excellence Award given by the US Department of Energy in 2002 and a Special Recognition Award for involvement with the historically black Prairie View A&M University in 1996. The US Department of Energy chose Texas A&M University and Dr. Heffington to provide training sessions in 2003-2005 around the nation for universities desiring to have Industrial Assessment Centers. Dr. Heffington received a number of awards in his career, including a Distinguished Service Award from the US Department of Energy in 2011, and a Mega-Energy Saver Award from the Energy Systems Laboratory in the same year, as well as being named a Legend of Energy. At Texas A&M University he received a number of teaching awards and is most grateful for those where the selection was by students. As part of his service to the Association of Energy Engineers, he co-teaches a number of the Comprehensive Five-Day Training Programs for Energy Managers each year that are open to the qualified public. He, along with many other instructors from the public and in-house courses, is active in providing updates to the extensive workbook that accompanies the training program. In addition to his present service as instructor for the CEM training program, he has been a member of the editorial board for Energy Engineering since 2010, as well as reviewing a number of energy-related papers over the years for organizations such as ASME and ACEEE. He was recently appointed to the position of chair of the board overseeing the master’s level Commercial Building Certified Professional (CBCP) program of AEE.

Graham Parker
Graham Parker, C.E.M., B.E.P., C.D.S.M., B.E.S.A., is a Senior Staff Engineer in the Technology Planning and Deployment Group in the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division at PNNL. In over 38 years of project work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for multiple government and private-sector clients, Graham Parker has been a project manager and/or principal investigator on a number of projects that have demonstrated innovation and/or impacted the science and technology community nationwide in the full range of energy from generation to distribution to end use. He has managed over $85 million of research projects in his career at PNNL. Mr. Parker is the author of over 120 publications and has written and presented over 80 papers or briefings at national and international conferences as well as organized and chaired numerous conference sessions. He is a contributing author to several Federal Register publications of energy conservation standards and test procedures. He has also developed training material and led training classes and workshops for public and private-sector energy and environmental managers. Mr. Parker has been a member of the WEEC Advisory Board since 1994, is a member of the BESA Board, is an inaugural inductee Legend of Energy, is an active member of the Columbia River Chapter of AEE, and is an author/contributor to AEE journals and publications .



Rusty Hodapp
Rusty Hodapp, P.E., C.E.M., C.E.P., C.R.M., G.B.E., LEED AP, has become a well known and respected energy manager and sustainability professional without equal in the aviation industry over the past 29 years. His vision and proven leadership are clearly demonstrated through the award-winning energy and sustainability programs under his command at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and by his years of dedicated service to the energy engineering profession nationally and internationally. Although his DFW job is very demanding given airline industry challenges, he finds time to serve on numerous professional organizations and airport industry groups, leading by example, and is always willing to share the successful energy programs he helped pioneer. Under his leadership, DFW has become an outstanding leader at saving energy, water and air emissions. Since he joined DFW in 1987, cumulative financial, energy and emission savings are $57 million dollars and 1.7 trillion BTUs of energy, equivalent to over 308,000 metric tons of CO2.  DFW's energy and environmental programs have been readily transferable and are often replicated and have earned numerous awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency and Air Quality Improvements by the Texas Energy Partnership, 2005 Star of Energy Efficiency Award by the Alliance to Save Energy, 2008 Mega-Energy Saver Award by the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M, 2010 Outstanding Government Organization by the Texas Clean Air Energy Efficiency Conference, 2010 AEE National Energy Project of the Year, 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Leadership Award and 2011 the first EPA WaterSense Program airport partner.

Malcolm Verdict

Malcom Verdict, C.E.M., has a career that expands three decades of implementing visionary, highly-effective energy management policies and programs with lasting, significant impacts at the state, national and international levels. He has the unique ability to recognize an opportunity, obtain stake-holder buy-in, garner political support and funding, and implement effective energy-efficiency programs. He continues today with same energy and vision in at the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M. Mr. Verdict has been a life-long member of AEE, having first joined the Association of Energy Engineers in 1985, over 26 years ago, while serving as senior manager of Government Buildings Program in the Texas State Energy Conservation Office. He was a charter member, former director and current member of the Austin AEE Chapter founded in 1987, one of the most active in the country and host chapter to the highly successful 2004 WEEC. He has received a number of certifications and prestigious national awards from AEE including the Certified Energy Manager [1987] and AEE’s Energy Manager of the Year in 2005, and a Chartered Legend of Energy in 2007. He has participated and presented numerous papers at AEE’s World Energy Engineering Congress, the ACEEE Summer Studies, the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, the Asian Clean Energy Forum, and USDOE’s State Energy Program Managers annual meetings. He has served as a keynote speaker at the Asian Clean Energy Forum as well as a session chair and advisory committee member on numerous national and international energy efficiency conferences.



MaryAnne Lauderdale
MaryAnne Lauderdale, P.E., C.E.M., is Regional Director of Engineering for Lime Energy Consulting & Technical Services, a consulting and design-build construction company that specializes in energy efficiency improvement projects. As Regional Director, Ms. Lauderdale develops business relationships with clients, and directs engineering studies, analyses and project construction activities. A graduate of San Joes State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Lauderdale has had a thirty-year career in the energy management field, including energy engineering, project development, construction management, P&L and personnel management, and employee development. Lauderdale has held key positions in AEE at local, regional, and national levels, helping to establish the Silicon Valley Chapter of AEE in the 1980s, serving as President of that Chapter, and serving in National Officer capacities, ultimately becoming the president of AEE in 1993. More recently, Lauderdale has played a key role in the growth and development of AEE’s Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), even co-chairing the inaugural CWEEL board meeting at GlobalCon in March 2010. She continues to work to support and further the careers of young women in the energy field.

F. William Payne
F. William Payne has been active in the energy field and within AEE in particular since AEE’s inception. While not an engineer himself, Payne has made a career out of helping energy engineers to make their mark on the world. For approximately 30 years Payne was the Editor-in-Chief of two of AEE’s professional journals, Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment and Cogeneration and Competitive Power. For more than 10 years Payne acted as director of a number of AEE conferences, most notably GlobalCon.  On top of this, Payne spent 30 years as Acquisitions Editor for AEE, resulting in the publication of more than 50 books through his direct efforts.