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James (Jim) Watt

Jim Watt is an Associate Director and Senior Research Engineer at the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). He is in charge of Continuous Commissioning® project development and delivery. He is a member of several organizations including American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Building Commissioning Association, Association of Energy Engineers, and Texas Energy Managers Association.

Jim’s area of expertise includes automatic control systems solutions development and design for large complex central utility production and distribution systems as well as energy efficiency improvement analysis and solutions development for commercial buildings, public, and private institutional facilities. With over eighteen years of experience, he has developed a passion for assisting clients in identifying and implementing practical and effective energy efficient solutions.

Jim has completed numerous projects that have saved millions of dollars for major companies. Some major projects include commission and retro commissioning for some of the Houston metropolitan area independent school districts such as Cy-Fair ISD, Klein ISD, and Spring Branch ISD. He has worked on the central utility plants, cogeneration plants and utility distribution systems for major universities like University of Colorado Health Science Center, Rice University, Midwestern State University and University of Missouri. Jim has written many publications and participated in presentations that help keep the public aware of energy consumption and cost reduction opportunities.

Jim received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer.