DOE's Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program


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June 2, 2010

Michaela Martin, P.E.

Is the American workforce prepared to transition to a low-carbon economy? Experts offered their insights at a recent Capitol Hill briefing, "Efficient America: Greening the Industrial Workforce."

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DOE's Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program

  1. 1. DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program<br />“Greening the Industrial Workforce”Alliance to Save Energy<br />Educational Seminar Series<br />June 2, 2010<br />Michaela Martin, P.E.<br />Oak Ridge National Laboratory<br />
  2. 2. Critical Workforce Needs in All Industrial Sectors<br /><ul><li>U.S. industry is facing a perfect storm.</li></ul>According to a 2007 report by the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 500,000 workersin energy-related fields are expected to retire over the next 5 to 10 years.<br />Manytraining programs were reduced or eliminateddue to industry downturns over the years. Energy-related development programs have not expandedat the same rate that industry’s need for energy professionals has rebounded.<br />Employers in all sectors of the industry need workers who are more proficient than their predecessors in math, science, and, especially, technology skills.<br />
  3. 3. Workforce Development Challenges<br />The need for skill developmentof both new and incumbent workers in the field of energy management.<br />The aging of the workforcein the industry and imminent retirement of a large segment of incumbent workers.<br />The need for both conventional and new approaches to education and training.<br />DOE’s Industrial Assessment Centers have been meeting these challenges for many years…<br />
  4. 4. Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs)<br />Since 1977, the IAC’s has offered university-based technical assistance for small- and medium-sized manufacturers<br />Assessments are performed by local teams of engineering faculty and students from 26 participating universities.<br />IAC teams are comprised of engineering students led by senior engineering faculty (most of whom are registered professional engineers).<br />Eligible Plants<br />- Annual Energy Costs < $ 3 Million<br />- Gross Sales < $100 Million<br />- No. Employees < 500<br />- No In-house Energy Staff<br />- Are Within 150 Miles of a Center<br />
  5. 5. Industrial Assessment Centers<br />Completed over 14,500 assessments at U.S. manufacturing plants, providing nearly 110,000 cost saving recommendations for saving energy, minimizing waste and improving productivity, since 1977. <br />Currently conduct approximately 300 to 400 assessments per year across the U.S. Each center currently conducts 15 – 20 assessments per year in their region, but capacity exists to significantly increase workload, if needed. <br />Identify an average energy cost savings of $175,000 - $200,000 per plant visited, with a 35% - 45% implementation rate.<br />Are considered to be regional hubs for energy expertise in both industrial and buildings sectors. Centers are partnered closely with their state energy offices, utilities, local industries, and other energy organizations.<br />Centers conduct webinars and local training workshops for end-users, consultants, Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (NIST-MEPs).<br />
  6. 6. IAC Alumni are the Nation’s Premier Talent in Industrial Energy Efficiency:Part of the New Green Work Force<br />2,840 students trained<br />On average, 50% - 60% pursue energy-related careers upon graduation<br />100 – 160 students departing each year<br />Engineering fields including Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical; some Business school participants, also <br />Student status: Undergraduates – 70%, Graduates – 30% <br />Average time spent in IAC: 18 months<br />
  7. 7. IAC Program and Workforce Development100 – 160 trained engineers each year<br />Source:<br />
  8. 8. Greening the Industrial Workforce <br />The IAC Difference<br />Hands-on training in diagnostics, data collection, and analysis of energy savings opportunities<br />Opportunities to conduct research and author publications related to technical needs and challenges of industry clients<br />Exposure to a wide range of industries, energy systems and solutions<br />Interactions with plant staff, utility representatives and equipment vendors<br />OSU students team at Bama – biscuit manufacturing plant for McDonalds<br />Dayton engineers listening to a plant staff member discuss plant operations<br />
  9. 9. Greening the Industrial Workforce <br />The IAC Difference <br />Direct experience implementing U.S., state and local energy policies<br />Work in a consulting-office structure/environment, while completing undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees<br />Expedited ability to obtain professional licensure and certification<br />Experience high-demand by recruiters from industry, consulting organizations, utilities, and ESCOs<br />University of Louisiana IAC<br />student team on an oil platform in the Gulf<br />University of Michigan IAC student team conducting an IAC assessment<br />
  10. 10. Greening the Industrial Workforce <br />The IAC Difference <br />"We get a real world perspective of a variety of industries. We learn about conservation and things companies need to do to save energy and money.” –Andrew Hanegan, Texas A&M IAC<br />An IAC student engineer uses an infrared gun at a manufacturing plant<br />IAC student engineers looking at HVAC equipment at a manufacturing plant<br />
  11. 11. IAC Profiles<br />Syracuse University<br />Director: Frederick J. Carranti, BSME, MSME, P.E. <br />Assistant Director:John Dannenhofer, D.Sc.<br />Research Focus: Energy systems, design, engineering education<br />IAC Related Curricula: Capstone design, Energy Conversion<br />Achievements and Awards: 2009 Center of Excellence<br />Distinguished Alumnae: <br /><ul><li>MatanMarom & Wade Willatt, Schneider Electric
  12. 12. Ross DiLiegro is one of many IAC alumni with ERS, Inc.
  13. 13. Most Syracuse alumni are engaged in the energy consulting industry, and almost all have gone on to complete advanced degrees. </li></li></ul><li>IAC Profiles<br />University of Dayton<br />Director:Dr. Kelly Kissock, Professor of MAE, P.E.<br />Assistant Directors:Dr. Andrew Chiasson, Rebecca Blust<br />Research Focus:Energy Informatics, Industrial Systems Energy Use Modeling, Building Energy Use Simulation<br />IAC Related Curricula:Energy Efficient Manufacturing, Energy Efficient Buildings, Renewable Energy Systems, Design of Thermal Systems. Master of Science Program in Renewable & Clean Energy <br />Achievements and Awards:State of Ohio 2006 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy, U.S. DOE Energy Champion Awards to UD-IAC Clients Empire Die Casting and ItenIndustries, 2003 IAC Center of Excellence Award<br />Distinguished Alumnae: Alumni are employed by such companies as McDonough-Braungart, Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Energy Resource Solutions, Go Sustainable Energy, Siemens, ACEEE, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The current Energy Manager (Bill Eger) for the City of Alexandria, Virginia is a UD IAC Alumni<br />
  14. 14. IAC Profiles<br />Oklahoma State University<br />Director:William J. Kolarik, Ph.D., P.E.<br />Assistant Director:Dr. Wayne C. Turner <br />Director Background: Dr. Kolarik has served as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner for five years. He has published a number of books, articles, and proceedings papers dealing with his experience in research and professional practice. <br />Research Focus:Energy, waste and productivity<br />Achievements and Awards:Over 675 clients served in 20 years. DOE Center of Excellence. Staff involved in founding of the Association of Energy Engineers.<br />Distinguished Alumnae:<br /><ul><li>Many OSU IAC alumni have developed into leaders in the energy management field.
  15. 15. Employers include Johnson Controls and H2O Applied Technologies.</li></li></ul><li>IAC Profiles<br />Texas A&M University<br />Director:Warren M. Heffington, Ph.D., P.E.<br />Director Background:Participated or supervised over 500 industrial and commercial/institutional building energy assessments, including activities in three foreign nations. Directed over $4 million of related research/service projects. Energy management trainer for the Association of Energy Engineers.<br />Assistant Director:James A. Eggebrecht, MS, P.E.<br />Research Focus:Energy efficient equipment, Industrial energy benchmarking, Industrial demand and duty factors, Energy assessment process<br />IAC Related Curricula:TAMU Energy Systems Research Laboratory, Energy Management in Industry, Energy Management in Commercial Buildings, Applications of Energy Management, Cogeneration Systems, Combustion Science and Engineering, Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning, Principles of Building Energy Analysis<br />Achievements and Awards:Center ranked #1 IAC in the nation in 2002 and 2004. 2006 IAC Center of Excellence.<br />Warren Heffington<br />James Eggebrecht<br />
  16. 16. IAC Profiles<br />West Virginia University<br />Director: Dr. B. Gopalakrishnan, PE, CEM<br />Assistant Director:Dr. Wafik Iskander<br />Research Focus:Industrial Energy Utilization and Waste Reduction, Industrial Productivity Enhancement, Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems, Concurrent Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Facilities Planning and Material Handling, Green Buildings<br />Achievements and Awards: 2005 IAC Center of Excellence, EERE Save Energy Now Award 2006, US DOE Governors’ Award for Excellence in Industrial Energy Efficiency 2009, West Virginia Division of Energy Energy Champion and Saver Awards in 2008 and 2010<br />Distinguished Alumnae:Nasr Alkadi, Ph.D. 2007, formerly with General Motors, now on staff at ORNL, Deepak Gupta, Ph.D. 2007, Assistant Professor at South East Missouri State University<br />From Left to Right: Samhita, Kartik, Nishit, Krishna, Anne, Ruben, Dr. Gopala (Director), Dr. Iskander (Asst. Director), Senthil, Phani, Seyed, Dayakar<br />
  17. 17. IAC Alumni: Leaders in the Green Workforce<br />Adam Knapp, (MS, PE, MBA, CEM) IAC Syracuse University<br /><ul><li>Operations Leadership Associate at United Technologies
  18. 18. Evaluated opportunities in the UK energy performance contracting market as research for MBA from Oxford University
  19. 19. Former Project Engineer at Clough Harbour and Associates</li></ul>Ben Erpelding (M.S., P.E., C.E.M) IAC San Diego<br /><ul><li>Director, Optimum Energy LLC.
  20. 20. Over 11 years of experience in energy efficiency
  21. 21. Performed over 500 detailed HVAC energy assessments
  22. 22. Erpelding’s efforts over the last 6 years resulted in a 16% decrease in San Diego County’s energy consumption</li></ul>Gary Epstein, IAC University of Massachusetts<br /><ul><li>UMass IAC Alumni founded ERS, Inc.
  23. 23. The primary objective at ERS, Inc. is to assist utilities, government and large commercial and industrial end users solve complex energy and resource problems in a cost effective manner.</li></li></ul><li>IAC Alumni: Leaders in the Green Workforce<br />Bill Eger (M.S.) IAC Dayton<br /><ul><li>Energy Manager for the City of Alexandria, Virginia
  24. 24. Eger’s focus is on energy use & carbon reduction for the city’s operations & the surrounding region.
  25. 25. “Without the IAC experience, training, & advising from IAC director Kelly Kissock, I wouldn’t have been involved in such opportunities.”</li></ul>Marcus Wilcox, (MS, PE) IAC Oregon State University <br /><ul><li>President, Cascade Energy Engineering, Inc.
  26. 26. Cascade Energy focuses on reducing energy costs and increasing productivity in industrial facilities
  27. 27. Specializations include Energy Efficiency Training, Industrial Efficiency Program Implementation and Energy Efficiency Research
  28. 28. Wilcox was the first student to work at OSU's Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) which started in 1986</li></li></ul><li>International Recognition of the IACs<br />The impact of the IAC program reaches beyond the borders of the United States <br />Other countries have adopted the IAC model to address their own energy and climate challenges<br />China has recently taken steps to replicate the IAC program at 100 universities across the country<br />
  29. 29. More Information on IAC Alumni<br />The IAC Forum Website: ( <br />Established in 2001<br />Convenient way to communicate and share ideas with students and alumni<br />Central location for recruiters<br />Student participation metrics<br />The IAC LinkedIn Group:<br />Established in 2008<br />To promote & develop the professional work of IAC students and alumni viasocial networking<br />
  30. 30. Quotes from Departing Students<br />“My IAC experience was excellent and I wouldn't trade it for anything. It helped me determine that I wanted my career path in energy engineering.” – David Lippe, Bradley University IAC <br />“A tremendous opportunity for anyone entering the Energy Management field. It’s a program that offers immense experience for an incoming undergrad or grad student to gain practical understanding of manufacturing processes.” – Vijay Srinivasachari, Colorado State IAC <br />“Thank you for this program. It introduced me not only to the energy problems our country is facing but also the solutions and the potential for reducing foreign energy dependence even further.” – Paul Gordon, University of Delaware IAC <br />“If the energy field is something you are interested in, you will not find a better experience than with the IAC! ” – Bryan Haney, University of Delaware IAC<br />
  31. 31. Thank You!<br />Michaela Martin, PE<br />Commercial, Residential and Industrial Energy Efficiency<br />Oak Ridge National Laboratory<br />