AEE Officers

2017 AEE Officers

Ian Boylan, 2017 President

Ian Boylan, C.E.M., C.M.V.P., C.E.A., is Director of Target Energy, an Irish based independent energy services company. His areas of expertise are energy management systems (ISO 50001), measurement and verification of energy savings, energy training services, and energy utility systems. He also provides specialist services and investigations for his clients on other areas of energy management. Ian previously was Energy Services Manager with Eirdata Environmental Services Ltd and prior to that served for 20 years with the Dept. of Defense Naval Service. Ian was the founding president of the Irish Chapter and now serves as the Associate Director for International Member Development for Western Europe. Ian has delivered energy training for AEE in Ireland and other European countries.

Asit Patel, 2016 Past President

Asit Patel, C.E.M, C.E.A, E.B.C.P, is a founder and President of ANP Energy Consulting Services Corp. Asit has over 20 years of experience in energy auditing, training, and engineering. His areas of expertise are in design and optimization of hydronic heating systems, and improvement in operating efficiency. Asit is a firm believer that process improvements offers better return on investment over upgrade and retrofits and hence believes in educating the operators first. Asit continues to teach several courses related to energy efficiency, operational optimization, and management. Prior to founding ANP Energy Consulting Services Corp., Asit worked for Association for Energy Affordability, Inc (AEA), a not-for-profit organization in the south Bronx, which provides energy efficiency services to low-income occupied buildings, and training to building operators, energy auditors, and other energy professionals. He is past President of New York City Chapter of AEE, and has been an active Board member for over 16 years.

Clint Christenson, President-Elect

Clint Christenson, C.E.M., is currently a consultant and instructor providing optimization services for industrial, commercial and institutional customers. He previously served as Senior Buildings Engineer for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Senior Energy Engineer with NORESCO, Inc., and the Director of Advanced Solutions for Johnson Controls, Inc. Clint served as the Director of Oklahoma State University's Industrial Assessment Center. His broad experience in energy management has included the conducting of over 150 industrial, commercial, and institutional energy surveys over 20 years. He has published widely in the energy field, and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences.

Paul Goodman, Treasurer

Paul Goodman, CPA, MBA, BBA Baruch College, a Certified Public Accountant in Valley Stream, N.Y., has served as Treasurer of AEE since 1977. Prior to going into private practice, he served in various treasury and financial positions in industry and government. He has also served as a lecturer in accounting at Hunter College (NY).

Lori Moen, Secretary

Lori Moen has over 25 of diverse and deep experience in the energy management field; contributing to millions of dollars in energy and resource savings through energy accounting, O&M measures, behavior change, equipment upgrades, sustainable design and distributed generation. In January 2016, Lori was appointed to manage Solutions Design and Management for Customer Energy Solutions at Seattle City Light. In this role, she leads a team responsible for cradle-to-grave development of customer solutions across all sectors and markets. Prior to joining City Light, Lori supervised Puget Sound Energy’s Building Performance Team implementing their RCM, Commissioning and Interval Data programs. Other experience includes energy-related positions with King County Government, Kent School District, Tacoma Power, Snohomish County PUD and the Department of Energy. Lori has a bachelor's in Physics and German from Willamette University. She is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Energy Procurement Professional, and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. Lori has been an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers, including chartering and serving on the board of the local chapter, and serving as Vice President of AEE Region V in 2013-2014.

Joseph N. Hall, Region I Vice President

Joseph N. Hall, is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional with additional certifications from AEE in Lighting, Energy Auditing, Building Commissioning and Energy Procurement. Trained as a physicist, with Masters in Management Science, he is a proven business incubator who thrives in a fast-paced, high growth environment. Joe was a pioneer in energy efficiency. His early career evolved in three phases. Beginning as an energy auditor, he delivered over 1000 studies to commercial, institutional and industrial accounts. Computer technology enhanced the world of building automation systems and Joe was an early adopter. Working with Andover Controls and Carrier Corp., Joe wrote technical proposals, evolved into sales including energy performance contracting at AMERESCO. The third phase was consultant to utilities as they launched energy efficiency programs. For the past 20 years, Joe has worked as Lead Technical Rep. At National Grid and Program Mgr at Eversource identifying and authorizing up to $10M/yr in utility incentives for utilities' largest customers. Joseph was instrumental in establishing Student Chapters at Northeastern Univ. in Boston MA and Trinity Univ., Hartford CT. And of course, the Golf Outing Chairman, now in its 17th year.

Bob Starling, Region II Vice President

Bobby Starling, C.E.M., C.D.S.M., President of B. Starling & Associates, Inc., is an experienced senior energy manager with over 24 years’ direct experience in Federal energy savings and design-build, achieving over $14 Billion in client energy contract awards during the past ten years. Previously as Regional Director for one of the major ESCOs, he was responsible for general management of the office to include the ESCOs Federal Energy Program throughout the US and was successful in implementing $130 Million in energy contracts between 2003 and 2005. Prior to that he served as Chief Facilities Support Division for the US Army Corps of Engineers and Program Manager for the US Army CoE ESPC Program and led the CoE Energy program to national recognition to include awards from the Vice President of the US and AL Congressmen. He has received numerous DoE FEMP Energy Awards. He holds a BS Engineering, NC State University and an MS Engineering, University of Alabama, Huntsville. He has been a frequent speaker at WEEC and other Energy focused venues. He serves as Program Chairman for Energy Huntsville for Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. A member of AEE for over 21 years, he is active in the Huntsville Chapter and has recently served as its President.

Mike Heath, Region III Vice President

Mike Heath, is a Senior Account Executive for Duke Energy (the largest electric power holding company in the United States).  Mike manages the electric and natural gas needs of the largest commercial and industrial companies in Cincinnati, Ohio with a focus on hospitals and schools.  Mike helps these customers focus on sustainability through various energy efficiency and energy management programs and through the use of renewable energies.  In addition, Mike acts as a liaison between legal, regulatory organizations and customers to negotiate and implement various utility rate options.   Other responsibilities include new service installations and power reliability.  Mike has over 25 years’ experience as an engineer in the utility industry and is the President of the Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).  Mike is a graduate of University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering with a focus on Environmental Engineering and holds accreditations in many energy related fields to include Certified Energy Manager and Certified Demand Side Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers.

Robert Airo, Region IV Vice President

Robert Airo, C.E.M., C.H.F.M., M.B.A., is the Engineering and Operations Business Manager for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, and previously served as the campus’s first Sustainability Coordinator and initiated the Office of Sustainability. He currently oversees the department’s financial compliance and budget creation, Energy Star portfolios for the 5.4 million square-foot campus, energy improvement projects, the campus elevators, department’s warehouse, and special projects.

As charter member of the Arkansas Chapter of the AEE, he has served as its Treasurer, Vice President, and President. In 2014, he co-organized the first annual state-wide Energy Conference, and now serves as the Conference Chair and Coordinator.  The second annual Energy Conference has been expanded to two days, total of 38 speakers (5 tracks), an Energy Star Workshop, and located in a resort destination.

Other contributions in the energy field include coordinating energy improvement projects for a 129-year-old church; serves on the Little Rock Sustainability Commission and is the Energy Committee Chair; a member of Arkansas Healthcare Engineers, the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, and BOMA.

Duane Lewellen, Region V Vice President

Duane Lewellen, C.E.M., is a Senior Project Manager with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC), an energy business trade organization located in Seattle, Washington. Duane’s role at NEEC is Director of the Diagnostic Tool Lending Library at the Smart Buildings Center. Duane is also managing partner of Lewellen Associates, LLC, an energy efficiency consulting firm specializing in energy education and building energy code compliance. Duane has served as the Vice President and President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of AEE and is a recipient of the AEE Region V Energy Manager of the Year award in 2013. Duane is an active member of the Washington State Energy Code Technical Advisory Group and has served on numerous boards and committees involving energy efficiency issues in Washington State.

Project Leaders

Gary Hogsett, Adviser to Chapters

Gary Hogsett, P.E., C.E.M., L.C., LEED-AP, serves as Senior Energy Engineer for the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center. Over a span of 30 years, Mr. Hogsett has held a wide range of energy management consulting positions. He previously served as the State Energy Engineer for the State of Kansas, as well as an Energy Analyst for the Oklahoma Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center. He has provided energy consulting for thousands of facilities while employed by firms such as Johnson Controls, Tetra Tech, CBRE, and Burns & McDonnell.

Gary is an accomplished and passionate public speaker and trainer, and has won numerous public speaking contest sponsored by Toastmasters International. In 2012, Gary served as the President of AEE and is currently a member of the Certified Energy Manager certification board.  He has also provided counseling to many local AEE Chapters.

Jared Higgins, Adviser to Chapters

Jared Higgins is a senior associate with Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper, Inc. and oversees the company’s operation of mechanical engineering and energy services across nine offices.  A graduate of the mechanical engineering program at Texas Tech University, Jared’s background is in HVAC design and energy management.  He was an inaugural member of the West Texas chapter of AEE and continues to serve in the leadership of the chapter as well as recruit new members of local colleges and universities.

Timothy B. Janos, Director Special Projects

Timothy B. Janos, J.D., C.E.M., C.E.A., C.I.E.P., C.D.S.M., C.S.D.P., B.E.P., Principal of Spectrum Energy Concepts, Inc., is involved in a wide variety of energy-related projects. Virtually his entire 36-year professional career has been dedicated to energy efficiency and energy savings. His extensive background features hundreds of successful energy audits and projects for major clients in the automotive, industrial, educational and commercial facilities sectors. Tim is an International Instructor for the Association, an AEE Fellow and a Member of the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame. Besides his technical knowledge and success in saving energy, Mr. Janos has been a tireless promoter of the energy profession both locally and nationally. Thousands have benefited from the meetings, workshops, courses, and lectures he has presented. He was the AEE President in 2006 and has served for 16 years as Chairman of the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Board. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) Board and the Certified Industrial Energy Professional Boards (CIEP).

Stephen A. Roosa, Director of Sustainable & Local Programs

Stephen A. Roosa, Ph.D., C.E.M., C.S.D.P., R.E.P., B.E.P., C.R.M.,C.M.V.P., is President of RPM Asset Holdings in Louisville, KY. His company delivers sustainable energy solutions, manages real estate and other investments, and produces seminars. With over 30 years’ experience in commercial energy solutions, he is considered internationally to be an expert in energy efficiency, renewables and sustainability. He has been involved in over $100 million in completed renewable, energy and water conservation projects. He is a past President of the Association of Energy Engineers and chairs the Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP) Board and the Renewable Energy Professional (REP) Certification Board. He holds a Ph.D. (University of Louisville), an MBA (Webster University) and a Bachelor of Architecture degree (University of Kentucky).  He is a member of the Energy Manager’s Hall of Fame. In his capacity as Director for the AEE, he assists state and local governments with energy policy development and in using AEE’s certification programs.

International Leaders

Larry Good, Director International Member Development

Now retired, Larry Good , C.E.M., B.E.P., C.E.A., C.S.D.P., devoted his career to better energy management in order to stop global warming. To this end, Larry worked as a consultant, developing programs at home and abroad that uncovered cost-effective opportunities. In Washington he worked closely with EPA, USPS, and FEMP to improve energy management in federal facilities. Later he managed projects for US, UN and EU development agencies on three continents, mostly in the former Soviet republics. The projects demonstrated design, financing and implementation of sustainable energy projects and national policies. For over 20 years Larry has served as an officer of AEE, developing its international network of chapters. Through most of the nineties, he was president of the National Capital Chapter in Washington. There, at the request of Senator John Glenn, he led a volunteer task force to recommend Federal energy goals and training provisions patterned on AEE courses, which went into the Energy Policy Act of 1992. He organized national conferences and other cooperative programs with FEMP. In 1999 he was inducted into the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame. In 2004, he served as President of AEE.

Samer Zawaydeh, Assistant Director for International Special Activities

Samer Zawaydeh is an Independent Engineer internationally recognized energy expert with 26 years of management experience around the world. He worked in the extra heavy steel structure fabrication of power stations and refineries worldwide and on developing several wind energy projects in Jordan. He is also working on energy efficiency and renewable energy utility scale PV projects development with large consumers and industrial entities. He worked with several private and international donor agencies like USAID, GIZ, EU on conducting energy audits for buildings, proposing energy conservation methods and implementing energy retrofit projects. This includes coordination between contractors, consultants and different stakeholders, developing site specific energy efficiency programs, maintaining strong professional networks with project team to ensure that scope, time and cost is achieve with high quality deliverables. And he conducted several in depth studies on energy and water sectors and the green economy. He developed training programs and trained over 13,000 people since 2012 in Jordan. The topics that included renewable energy and energy efficiency regulatory framework, project development, best practices, carbon emissions and climate change. He is a public speaker and a certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Renewable Energy Professional, and holds several other certifications. He continuously works on energy awareness, capacity building and developing clean energy projects that are secure and affordable. He is a committed volunteer to the development of the energy sector locally, regionally and around the world through the Association of Energy Engineers network. He served as president of the Jordan Energy Chapter (2015-2017), assistance director for international membership development for Middle East (2012-2014) and assistance director for international membership development for special project (2014-Present). In addition, he founded four student chapters locally and helped in the startup of three chapters regionally.

Rajvant Nijjhar, Assistant Director for Awards

Rajvant Nijjhar is an Independent M&V Services professional providing consultancy, training and general management advice to Energy Performance Contracts. She has experience from both client and contractor side and provides a collaborative approach to EPCs. The success of EPCs depend upon people – this is a people business, next the actual engineering measures, then the measurement and verification. Understanding the right M&V approach is key to performance guarantees. As a result, Rajvant gets involved in the standardization of International Standards and Protocols – such as ISO 50015 ‘M&V guidelines’’ and the IPMVP ‘’Methods’’. This volunteering is testament to the fact that her end goals are to promote energy efficiency and its effective measurement in the UK as well as globally. To date, she has trained over 350 M&V professionals, mainly in the UK, but also as President of UKAAE (UK Chapter of AEE) guides a motley crew of individuals of all creeds and backgrounds and experiences through their energy management journey and the specialism they desire.

Alexander Ovdiienko, Assistant Director International Member Development for the FSU (Former Soviet Union)

Alexander Ovdiienko, C.E.M., has been the President of the Central AEE Chapter in Ukraine since 2012. He is accredited consultant by Verkhovna Rada’s of Ukraine Committee on Energy, Nuclear and Nuclear Security, member of Public Counsils of Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine, State Agency on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency of Ukraine. According to Ukrainian legislation Alexander is Certified Energy Auditor. He is engaged in development and implementing energy sustainable and non-carbon economic development projects such as improving energy efficiency, using alternative energy sources and development of energy market for more than 16 years. Alexander’s qualification and skills are the following: Business Development & Finance expert, Holder of Energy Saving and Energy Management Diplomas, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy auditor and expert, Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Adaptation of ESCO schemes to EE Projects in Industries, Utilities and Buildings. Alexander is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English. General professional experience includes: Experience of management, finances, commercial relationships and project management in Ukrainian and International groups. He has excellent knowledge of the energy actors and practices in the energy saving, renewables and the gas distribution sector in Ukraine. He is experienced in official international relations and in international cooperation projects on energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy, in responsibility of international relations and in European integration actions of a national energy, energy saving and renewable energy agencies.

Dr. Dusan Petras, Assistant Director International Member Development for Eastern & Central Europe

Professor Dušan Petráš from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava-Slovakia, is the former vice-rector of STU and dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Also he is the president of Slovakian HVAC-Association SSTP (Slovak Society of Environmental Technology) and the past-president REHVA (Representative European Heating, Ventilation Association). Currently, he is the professor at the Department of Building services and dealing with the HVAC-systems in buildings. His scientific work is focused on the energy conservation by performance of the buildings with respect to the providing the health and comfortable indoor environment. He is author and coauthor of 15 books (Energy auditing of Buildings, Renewable Energy Sources for Low-temperature systems, Low-temperature heating and High-temperature cooling...), 50 scientific papers in foreign journals/on international conferences as well as about 100 lectures in 25 countries in 3 world languages. Professor Petráš is also member of AEE, ASHRAE, Academy of ISIAQ, REHVA Fellow, he was also the Guest Professor in DTU Lyngby (Denmark) and Guest Lecturer in FH Pinkafeld (Austria).

Ian Boylan, Assistant Director International Member Development for Western Europe

Ian Boylan, C.E.M., C.M.V.P., C.E.A., is Director of Target Energy, an Irish based independent energy services company. His areas of expertise are energy management systems (ISO 50001), measurement and verification of energy savings, energy training services, and energy utility systems. He also provides specialist services and investigations for his clients on other areas of energy management. Ian previously was Energy Services Manager with Eirdata Environmental Services Ltd and prior to that served for 20 years with the Dept. of Defence Naval Service. Ian was the founding president of the Irish Chapter and now serves as the Associate Director for International Member Development for Western Europe. Ian has delivered energy training for AEE in Ireland and other European countries.

LJ Grobler, Assistant Director International Member Development for Sub-Saharan Africa Region

LJ Grobler is Dean of the Engineering Faculty at the North-West University (NWU) in South Africa since 2012. He heads the Centre of Excellence in Advanced Manufacturing that was established by the Department of Trade and Industry at the NWU in 2009. He is director of CFAM Technologies and founded ExtruAfrica in 2011. During 2007/8 he was the President of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) based in Atlanta, USA and was the first non-American to become president. He founded the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE) in 2002 and was president of the SAEE from 2002 till 2012. He became certified as an Energy Manager (CEM) in 1998 and a Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) in 2000 by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) based in the USA. He is registered as a professional engineer (Pr Eng) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) since 1995 and received his Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria, South Africa also in 1995. He is AEE trainer for the CEM programme in Southern Africa and introduced the CEM programme in 2002. Since then he presented the CEM more than 30 times. Prof LJ Grobler received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the eta Awards 2010 in South Africa for his extensive involvement in energy efficiency through measurement and verification, his visualisation programme to show energy consumption in buildings, and for setting the benchmark for training and development of energy engineers. He is a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering and has authored and co-authored more than 40 local and international articles. He has also presented and co-presented more than 50 papers at local and international conferences and seminars. In 2016 he was inducted into the AEE Hall of Fame.

Dr. Leonard Chow, Assistant Director International Member Development for Asian Pacific Rim

Dr. Leonard Chow, C.E.M., C.B.C.P., C.S.D.P., C.A.P., C.E.A, C.I.A.Q.P., has served as President of the AEE Hong Kong Chapter. He was AEE’s Energy Engineer of the Year in 2012. He is also elected as a Fellow of AEE in 2013. He has been the AA Chapter Course Manager since 2006 and the Assistant Director of Asian Pacific Rim Development. He has practiced as a Mechanical and Building Services Engineer for over 30 years. Dr. Chow is currently a Chartered Engineer in UK, a registered Professional Engineer in Hong Kong and a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia. He established his own company ISPL Consulting Ltd in 1995. His company consults in Environmental (Energy Audits & IAQ), Mechanical, Structure, Safety and aspects. Dr. Chow is actively involved in professional institution contributions. He has written technical papers, guidelines, and manuals and has conducted technical seminars in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Singapore, and Atlanta in recent years. He is registered at EMSD as a Registered Energy Assessor (no. 43) under the new Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance (Cap 610).

Dr. Binoy Choudhury, Assistant Director International Member Development for Asian Subcontinent

Dr. Binoy Choudhury, C.E.M., from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur & Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), is Professor in the Energy Management stream of Master of Public Systems Management (MPSM) program at the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata. He served as Principal Investigator/ Coordinator in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects covering community development to industrial profitability/sustainability issues. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), Certified Energy Manager (AEE), and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) of the Government of India. He served United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as Economic Affairs Officer in the Energy Resources Section and contributed to the regional energy scenario assessment, improvement of energy efficiency and CDM workshop. He is a contributor to books, journals, international and national seminars, and workshops. He is the founding secretary of AEE India Chapter and Energy Club and is life member of Solar Energy Society of India, AEE, Indian Society for Technical Education and Institution of Engineers (India).

Andres Ortuno, Assistant Director International Member Development for Latin America

Andres Ortuno, C.E.M., C.M.V.P., C.E.A., Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, is a business developer and partner in several firms related to the energy world: Consultancy, engineering design, sustainable city planning, energy audits and energy management. He is currently very involved and close to PV & electric storage sector as well as an energy assessor. Andres is President, Dean, board member and officer in several professional Associations, Societies and Institutes in Spain related to the Engineering and Energy sector. He is pleased to serve AEE’s Assistant Director of Membership Development in Latin America.

Dr. Fotouh Al-Ragom, Assistant Director International Member Development for the Middle East

Dr. Fotouh Al-Ragom, C.E.M., C.E.A, C.S.D.P., is Energy Efficiency Technologies Program Manager at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). Fotouh holds a PhD degree in Mechanical engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville. She is research scientist with over 20 years experience in the field of energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy auditing, energy code, air conditioning and renewable hydrogen production. She led several projects in her field of expertise and earned international recognition. She participates in professional training nationally and regionally in energy efficiency and energy auditing and is currently is an authorized CEM trainer for Kuwait. She authored several papers and a book chapter in energy efficiency and air condition. She is currently a member of the national energy conservation committee “Tarsheed” and currently the chapter president for AEE-Kuwait Chapter. Fotouh received several recognition awards including the Emirates Energy Award and the Kuwait’s Distinguished Female Engineer.

Kaushik Bhattacharjee, Assistant Director International Member Development for Canada

Kaushik Bhattacharjee, C.E.M., B.E.P., C.E.A., C.M.V.P., works for Enersource as a Roving Energy Manager. He is responsible for implementing Energy Management Program for various industrial and commercial facilities.  He has over fifteen years of energy management experiences. He has carried out several energy audits and guided implementation of measures in various industrial (like plastics, pulp and paper, food processing, metal tube manufacturing, etc. and commercial facilities (office buildings, entertainment facilities, shopping malls, municipalities, schools, community centers, arenas, etc.). He has also co-authored two books on energy management, contributed articles to a number of journals and made presentation in several IEEE International Conferences and World Energy Engineering Congresses on Energy Management. He holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and is completing his Masters in Energy Management from NYIT, USA. He regularly contributes onEnergy Engineering, one of the leading journals in the Industry.  He has received the AEE Regional Energy Manager Award for Canadian Region 2010.