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Robert Reid

Robert (Vic) Reid is the Assistant Director of ESL Research and Business Services and Director of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). His responsibilities include management and oversight of all research-related activities and the business services for the lab. In addition, he is responsible for budgeting for the lab and managing and budgeting for the TERP section within the lab.

Vic’s outstanding leadership has been demonstrated through the numerous positions held in the Bryan/College Station community and his twenty-seven years of service with the United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force in 1997 as the rank of Colonel, Vic served for eleven years at Blinn College, Bryan Campus where he directed the Tech Prep and School-to-Careers Partnership program before becoming the Assistant Dean of the Technical and Workforce Development Division. Vic Reid has also served as president of the Friends of the Sterling C. Evans Library at Texas A&M University, president of the Rotary Club of College Station, Vice President for development of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, and president of the Brazos Valley Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (BVASTD). He is currently an Aggie Mentor for students at Texas A&M University.

While at the Energy Systems Lab, Vic has helped the lab achieve its highest goals in research awards for the past three years. In addition, he has improved the proposal-to-project and budgeting processes, and significantly improved communications between the lab and TEES Headquarters.

His educational background includes a B.S. in Architectural Construction from Texas A&M University and a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Bryan P. Rasmussen

Bryan Rasmussen is an Assistant Director at the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), and an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. Bryan is a recognized expert in modeling and control of building energy systems. His research support exceeds $2.5M, with funding from federal agencies, technical societies, and industrial partners. This includes an NSF CAREER Award and an ASHRAE Young Investigator Award, as recognition of both research and teaching excellence.

Bryan currently serves as the Director of the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). The IAC trains undergraduate and graduate students to conduct no-cost energy audits for regional manufacturing facilities. The IAC program at Texas A&M University has enjoyed 25 years continuous funding, conducted over 600 audits, and employed and trained over 220 students from multiple departments and colleges at Texas A&M University. The center has made recommendations of over $59 million in annual savings. 60% of these recommendations have been implemented resulting in $32 million in annual energy savings.

Bryan received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 2000, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 and 2005. He is a member of several organizations including the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE). He is a registered Professional Engineer.

Juan Carlos Baltazar

Dr. Juan Carlos Baltazar is an Associate Research Engineer with the Energy Systems Lab (ESL) where he analyzes the measurement and verification data as well as meteorological data required by all ESL projects. He has been the main analyst for a variety of projects completed by the ESL including the Prairie View A&M University and NREL projects. He is also responsible for the collection and analysis of data from the Texas Wind Energy and Renewable Energy Sources programs.

Dr. Baltazar’s area of expertise is in Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Use Efficiency. In particular, he has extensive knowledge of solar thermal systems and has over twenty-five years of academic research in these fields. Dr. Baltazar has published over sixty peer reviewed articles and produced over 150 internal and technical reports since working at the ESL. He has developed six software programs for energy analysis and simulation. Teaching activities at the Instituto de Investigaciones Cientificas (Science Research Institute) of the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, as well as at Texas A&M University include a variety of courses in the areas of Solar Energy Engineering and Building Thermal Design.

Recent projects with the ESL include data analysis and baseline modeling development for the army hospitals network (MEDCOM), Fort Sill, Fort Carson, and Fort Bragg, as well as the measurement and verification of energy and cost savings for Alamo Community College District, San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Baltazar’s educational background includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guanajuanto, Mexico, a M.S. equivalent in Computer Science from the Leon Institute of Technology, Leon, Mexico, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Bahman Yazdani

Bahman Yazdani is the Associate Director and Associate Research Engineer at the Energy Systems Lab (ESL). For the last ten years he has been in charge of the Laboratory’s legislative responsibilities under The Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP) including assisting the state-wide implementation of the Texas Building Energy Performance Standards and providing the impact of the energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects on emissions reduction for the State of Texas. He has served as the principal investigator for over $30,000,000 in research projects for the United States Department of Energy, and other research projects in the field of energy efficiency and energy management.

Bahman’s area of expertise is in energy efficiency and energy management. He has over 30 years of experience in these fields in both the public and private sector. Bahman has provided engineering services and implemented energy management policies that have saved millions of dollars. He has experience managing multiple large scale facility upgrade programs.

Mr. Yazdani managed the US-DOE Rebuild America Program for Texas for seven years, providing a network of technical and business expertise that helps the state and local governments and businesses cooperate as community partners to save money by cutting energy use in their facilities, creating jobs, promoting growth and protecting the environment.

Bahman received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Malcolm Verdict

Malcolm is an Associate Director, Research Engineer, and senior Project Manager for Continuous Commissioning® at the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). He serves as chair of ESL’s nationally acclaimed International Conference on Enhanced Building Operations [ICEBO] and the Industrial Energy Technology Conference [IETC] as well as liaison with state and federal government and public energy policy groups.
Malcolm’s field of expertise is in energy management and energy policy. He has had over thirty-four years of experience in these fields in both the public and private sectors. He has provided energy management and Continuous Commissioning® services while at ESL that have saved over $10 million in avoided energy cost.
Malcolm has managed several major Continuous Commissioning® projects for ESL, including the Austin airport and City Hall, Texas Facility Commission, Texas A&M International University, Alamo Community College District and fifteen IBM plants and data centers in US, Canada and U.K. He authored a landmark study for the national Transportation Research Board on “Reducing Energy Use in U.S. Airports.” He is the Lab liaison to state and the Federal governments on energy policy issues related to the ESL mission and serves on the Energy Policy Committee of the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the ESL, he was responsible for national legislation that requires all federal buildings be constructed 25% greater than AHSRAE, be sub-metered for energy use and have a retro-commissioning assessment every four years. He championed energy efficient construction practices with Millard Fuller, founder of the Habitat for Humanity, which ultimately resulted in their adoption of Energy STAR practices nationwide. He also created the highly successful LoanSTAR revolving loan program for energy retrofits that has saved over $250 million in Texas public buildings since 1991.
Malcolm has B.S. in Mathematics at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a banking certificate from the SMU School of Banking. He is a Certified Energy Manager [CEM] and a member of the Hall of Fame (2011) of the Association of Energy Engineers as well as recipient of their Energy Manager of Year award (2005).
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