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Jeff Haberl

Dr. Jeff Haberl is a Co-PI of the Laboratory’s Texas Emissions Reduction Program (TERP), along with Mr. Bahman Yazdani, where he provides technical leadership for the code compliance calculator and emissions calculations from energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Dr. Haberl’s area of expertise is in building energy and energy modeling. His work emphasizes statistical building energy modeling, methods for diagnosing operational problems, operator feedback using comparisons of predicted and actual energy use, artificial intelligence, advanced energy usage graphics, prescreening calculations for improving commercial energy audits, public-domain M&V algorithms, computerized solar shading procedures, accuracy tests for HVAC systems, BIM-to-thermal procedures, and procedures for calculating air pollution savings from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects (i.e., SOx, NOx, CO2, PM and Hg). He has authored or co-authored 48 publications, 23 books or book chapters, 180 conference proceedings, 228 reports and holds numerous U.S. patents. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and IPMVP Fellow. He has also received a Boulder County Energy Conservation Award, two USDOE innovative research awards for work performed at the University of Colorado (with Dr. Claridge), a USDOE special citation for his work at the Forrestal and Germantown complexes, a 1990 GSA Design Award, a 1992 National Endowment of the Arts Federal Design Award for his work at the Forrestal building, and a 2001 ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Haberl is also a Professor of Architecture and Associate Department Head for Research at Texas A&M University.

One of many major projects with the Energy Systems Lab include the Computer Support and Improved Energy Audit of the Texas LoanSTAR project from 1990 to 2002, a $98.6 million revolving loan for the state of Texas that is the largest project in the United States to continuously measure and report energy savings in over 160 building energy conservation retrofits.

Dr. Haberl's educational background includes B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and post-doctoral research at Princeton University's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.
 

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

Mr. Bahman Yazdani, P.E., has over 38 years of practical experience in the field of energy management, energy efficiency, and energy codes. He has served as the PI for over $45,000,000 in research projects for the USDOE and other research projects in the field of energy efficiency and energy management. Over the years he has helped over 150 municipalities, 20 counties, and 30 school districts in Texas, as well as many other private entities with various energy efficiency programs.

Since 2001, Mr. Yazdani has been a Co-Principal Investigator for the ESL’s mandated legislative responsibilities under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP). Several of ESL’s mandated responsibilities under the TERP are focused on supporting and assisting the state-wide implementation of the Texas Building Energy Performance Standards. This support is provided by the ESL through various channels including: the review of new energy codes then providing recommendations to the state regarding the adoption of new energy codes, assisting municipalities with local energy-code amendments, developing and providing energy code compliance tools such as the ESL’s International Code Compliant Calculator (IC3), and providing various technical training to code officials and other stakeholders in the building industry. Another main ESL legislative responsibility under the TERP, for which Mr. Yazdani is a Co-Principal Investigator, is to report to state and federal agencies on the impact of energy efficiency programs and renewable energy programs on emissions reduction.

Since 2004, Mr. Yazdani has been a Co-Principal Investigator for the US EPA’s National Center of Excellence at the ESL. Over the past eleven years, he has been the Conference Chair for ESL’s Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference. The CATEE Conference, which is held annually, is a premiere educational conference and business exhibition connecting public and private decision makers, for the purpose of helping communities improve decisions that determine the energy and water intensity of the built environment and reduce related emissions.

Throughout his 18 years with the ESL, Mr. Yazdani has been heavily involved in the ESL’s Continuous Commissioning® process and projects. He is ESL’s Principal Investigator for the DFW Airport and Houston Airport System projects. Other projects include: the Texas A&M University, Conroe ISD, and Alamo Colleges.

In addition, during his time with the ESL, Mr. Yazdani was the manager of the US-DOE Rebuild America Program for Texas for seven years, providing a network of technical and business expertise that helped the state/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.

Prior to working for the ESL, Mr. Yazdani had served both as the Energy Manager for Dallas County and the Energy Manager for Bryan ISD. He was the President and CEO of Texas Energy Engineering Services, Inc., as well as an independent Engineering Consultant, where he provided engineering design and construction management for various projects including: central chiller plants, direct digital energy management, control systems, alternative energy design, indoor air quality design, and improvements.

Mr. Yazdani received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and is currently an active member of the new State Energy Conservation Office’s Energy Codes Compliance Collaborative for Texas (2012). He is a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Building and Energy Advisory Board, NCTCOG Regional Coordinating Committee, and the Building Officials Association of Texas.

 
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