The North Texas Association of Energy Engineers has had an exciting year. The year started out with a bang as one of our members Larry Helpert was inducted into the Energy Engineering Hall of Fame. We are very proud of this member who has been our meeting manager for years and continues to give of his time to keep the organization going.
Our organization had several changes this year with a new treasurer, a new secretary, and a new CEM study group chair. Unfortunately, timing of the new chair made it difficult to conduct a CEM study course, but we hope to conduct one in 2020. Our organization also began hosting on a new website. This year is the first year our organization used the STAR website for our meetings. While the website has had its benefits, i.e. information on members, ordering tickets for meetings, and so forth. It has had its challenges. Some include Hoax Emails, multiple to the president. Emails not sending or sending when they were not intended.
Our organization has continued to have a strong Community Presence. We are beyond excited that Kevin Wolfe, who has headed up our community service for several years was recognized by AEE for his service. He, along with a team of members, completes at least two NFP energy audits annually. He has helped countless NFP’s learn how they can save energy so their funds can be diverted to the intended purpose of the organization and not to energy.
The first quarter of the year included meeting speakers on the construction of Transmission lines across Texas, and a site visit and speaker on construction of the State-of-the-Art Moody Performance Hall. In March, NTAEE enjoyed a speaker discussing water treatment technology.
In the second quarter we started with a speaker from Aeroseal who discussed energy savings from duct sealant. In May members of NTAEE visited the Co-Serv microgrid. In June our members enjoyed an entertaining speaker on commissioning. At our June meeting, NTAEE awarded $11,000 in scholarships to six deserving students studying degrees associated to energy. The annual energy conference in October funds scholarships for the following year.
Ryan Brumfield Prairie View A&M University - Construction science($2,250)
Morteza Boroun University of Texas at Arlington - Industrial Engineering($2,250)
Jaben Hodges Mechanical & Energy Engineering ($3,500)
Wesley Jones University of Arkansas - Biological Engineering($1,000)
Daniel Wray Lowrance University of Texas at Dallas - Biomedical engineering ($1,000) Krystal Smith UT Permian Basin - Chemical engineering ($1,000)
NTAEE is active in community events. This year is the second year NTAEE hosted a Booth at EarthEx, the World’s Largest Earth Day Event. The theme was about being an ENERGY SUPERHERO! Our booth attracted crowds, they enjoyed the superhero electric comics, and learned about NTAEE.
In the third quarter we started in July with a representative from Hydro-Tech who discussed bi-polar technology for cooling towers, a technology that reduces microbiological growth thereby increasing heat transfer. In August listened to a lively panel on “Solar Panels” and the various applications thereof. In September we will have a speaker from Victaulic.
September is also the month for the Annual Facilities EXPO. Jim Philips continues to head the gathering of volunteers to person the booth at the 2019 Facilities Expo. This will be the second year NTAEE sponsored a booth in Arlington. Previous years the event has been at Dallas Market Hall where NTAEE had a presence. It is an opportunity to reach out to potential new members. Jim will be speaking on CHP at this conference.
The fourth quarter will start off with an exciting energy conference in October. We are excited to be hosting an energy conference at Dave and Busters. Our committee is excited to appeal to the next generation of Energy Engineers with the venue selection. We continue to have strong support from industry on these efforts.
We have not lined up a speaker for November yet, but it is sure to be a stellar meeting. We will finish off the year with our annual Christmas Party, White Elephant Exchange and Food and Fellowship.
Earth Ex Booth 2019
NTAEE Energy Conference Flyer October 2019