Hall of Fame
AEE ENERGY MANAGERS HALL OF FAME
2010 - 2014
Hall of Fame through the Years
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)
2015 HALL OF FAME
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).
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.
2014 HALL OF FAME
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
2013 HALL OF FAME
James W. (Jim) Brown
Dr. W. Dan Turner
2012 HALL OF FAME
Dr. Warren Heffington
2011 HALL OF FAME
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.
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  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.
2010 HALL OF FAME
F. William Payne