John Bergerud, Power Plant Manager, ENGIE
John Bergerud has over 20 years of Power Plant experience including operations, project coordination and commissioning, and management. He is currently a Power Plant Manager for Engie North America who oversees the two power plants and five chilled water plants on the University of Iowa campuses. He leads a team of 50 who operate and maintain the complex facilities utilizing four different fuel sources and a variety of different boiler, turbine, chiller, and equipment technologies.
Pamela Brookstein, Senior Project Manager, Elevate
Pamela Brookstein leads the market transformation and real estate engagement work for Elevate, a nonprofit dedicated to designing and implementing efficiency programs ensure the benefits of clean energy reach those who need them most. In her role, she works to ensure the value of high-performing homes are visible in real estate transactions. Pamela developed and teaches classes designed specifically for real estate professionals.
Kathryn Eggers, Manager, Market Solutions and Education, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Kathryn Eggers manages programs that help MEEA advance energy efficiency for sustainable economic development and environmental stewardship in 13 Midwestern states. Current programs include training courses for building operators and real estate professionals and support for K-12 schools considering facility updates. Kathryn holds a Master of Environmental Management, with a concentration in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and a BS from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Pete Evans, Educator, Iowa State University College of Design
Pete Evans AIA IDSA is an architect, industrial designer and educator at Iowa State University College of Design with over 25 years of industry experience. In addition to multiple award-winning projects and grants, he has written for presented at national AIA events including Technology and Practice (TAP), chaired the state AIA professional development work, published numerous articles for Architosh, is the co-jury member for Architosh’s AIA BEST of SHOW awards program traveling regularly to conferences around the world for Architosh as senior associate editor.
Ben Fish, Director of Utility Operations, P3 Liaison at University of Iowa
Ben Fish is the Director of Utility Operations at the University of Iowa. He has spent the past 18 years with the UI utility department in various roles, but never out of contact with the department’s efforts to power the university with renewable energy. Ben was part of a University of Iowa team that executed a utility Public-Private-Partnership in 2020, and is now the university liaison for that partnership. Ben is also a liaison to the UI Presidential Sustainability Charter Committee, a group charged with integrating sustainability with existing campus programs in education, research, operations, and community outreach.
Nick Freund, Baker Group
Spending 7 years with Schneider Electric and touching various parts of the EcoStruxure software suite, I’ve worked with customer’s to solve applications from the facility level down to individual assets and control panels. My mission is to discuss energy power management systems with end users to increase the quality and reliability of their power systems. I’m based in St. Louis and excited to speak to the group.
Sly Grimm, Area Sales Manager, Mitsubishi Electric
Sly Grimm – Area Sales Manager with Mitsubishi Electric has been in HVAC distribution and manufacturing for 7 years. Specializing in heat pump application in residential settings, he has helped multiple contractors and distributors across the Midwest apply inverter technology and help their business grow. A native of southeast Iowa he currently resides in Des Moines with his girlfriend. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with those close to him.
Matt Hein, CFU
After completing has masters degree in mechanical engineering at South Dakota State University, Matt taught engineering courses and assisted in directing the South Dakota Wind Application Center. Matt then became an energy consulting engineer working with utilities throughout the Midwest. Matt is now the Energy Services Manager at CFU where he helps customers use energy more effectively. Matt is a registered professional engineer in the state of Iowa.
Eric Kamm, Electrical Planner, Stanley Consultants, Inc.
Eric Kamm, MBA, has been supporting electric utilities with system planning and rate development since 2008. He currently supports clients in developing electric vehicle charging feasibility studies to evaluate locations and infrastructure to best serve electric vehicle owners. Eric received his bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and master's degree in Business Administration from Iowa State University.
Joel Logan, Program Manager, Willdan
Joel Logan, PE, is a mechanical engineer at Willdan, and is the program manager of the Commercial New Construction program. He has over fifteen years or experience in high performance building design and operation, along with demand side management program design and implementation. Mr. Logan received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.
Ryan Lovan, The Energy Group
Mr. Lovan is a BPI certified professional and has served as the face of the Iowa Energy Code Consultant position. As an aerospace engineering graduate of ISU, Ryan has worked with The Energy Group for several years since his internship where he provided energy efficiency service to The City of Ames while serving in an internship with The Energy Group. Ryan has completed hundreds of energy audits, both res and comm and is proficient at operating diagnostic equipment and devices.
Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Cameron MacKenzie is an assistant professor in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. His research and teaching focuses on decision and risk analysis. He is a co-Principal Investigator for the Solar and Wind Energy Using Engineering Economics Theory (SWEEET) project funded by the Iowa Energy Center. Other research projects are in homeland security and natural disasters, manufacturing, and supply chain risk.
Justin Margolies, Senior Product Developer, Slipstream
Justin Margolies is Senior Product Developer at Slipstream with 8 years of experience in the clean energy industry. For the past 5 years, JustinÂ’s research and development work has focused primarily on heat pump technology for space and water heating and beneficial electrification. With a background in econometrics and education, he is driven to bridge the gap between applied research and scaled impact in the clean energy transition.
Bill McAnally, Bill McAnally Consulting
Bill McAnally has over 50 years in the construction industry. He was a building contractor for over 15 years specializing in new home and light commercial construction. During this time, he focused on energy efficient and healthy building methods.
Bill then became a carpentry instructor for Iowa Central Community College for 17 years and then became the Department Chair of Industrial Technology. During his tenure, Iowa Central’s focus on energy efficient construction led to construction of residence halls, numerous new homes as well as partnering with several area organizations building community projects. Bill was named the top community college instructor in Iowa in 2001 by the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees.
Bill now operates Bill McAnally Consulting. In this capacity, he provides educational training to those in the building trades by presenting at seminars and conferences in the mid-west on various energy efficiency and best practices topics. He consults on various building projects for utilities, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach/COSC. Bill also appears monthly on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk Of Iowa – Home Improvement Day.”
Kellen McSweeney, Program Manager, Slipstream
Kellen is a Program Manager who implements cutting edge utility energy efficiency programs in both the commercial and residential sectors. Kellen works to develop innovative processes and efficiencies that advance the impacts of energy efficiency programs. She is passionate about supporting Slipstream's mission through the programs that she administers.
Dr. K. Jo Min, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Dr. K. Jo Min is an associate professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. His research areas are economic decisions under uncertainties (risk management, engineering valuation, real options), design of economic systems and policies, and operational and strategic improvement in productivity. He is the Principal Investigator for the Solar and Wind Energy Using Engineering Economics Theory (SWEEET) project funded by the Iowa Energy Center.
Kelly Needles, President & CEO, The Energy Group
Kelly E. Needles - President & CEO of The Energy Group with over 34 years serving Iowans through the promotion of energy efficiency. .Kelly has worked with many utilities throughout Iowa to develop and administer energy efficiency programs as well as managed million of dollars of efficient construction for Iowa local governments and school districts.
Alan Niles, Regional Sales Engineer, Dunham-Bush Americas
Alan Niles is a mechanical engineer with over 33 years of manufacturing experience in the selection and design of commercial HVAC equipment. He is an expert concerning commercial geo-exchange systems & design.
Mr. Niles has served three, two-year terms as a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE speaking on two topics: Net-Energy Water Loops: A Clear Path to Net Zero Energy Buildings; and, The Economics and Design of Commercial Ground Loop Systems. He is also a published topic expert.
Gary Patricio, ENGIE Director of Energy Delivery
As head of utility operations, Garry is responsible for achieving the partnership sustainability goal of transitioning the campus power plant from burning coal to biomass fuel pellets. Prior to ENGIE, Garry led construction, commissioning, and commercial operations of natural gas-fired, solid-fuel, and solar photovoltaic power plants. Garry holds a Master of Engineering degree and is alumni of the Advanced Management Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Jim Sayers, Ambassador, Beneficial Electrification League
Jim Sayers worked for Corn Belt Power Cooperative, Iowa G&T, leading public relations, marketing, information services, and energy efficiency. He is an advocate for — and believer in — member-owned cooperatives, co-op connections, and the cooperative difference. After retiring from Corn Belt Power, he proudly became a “Beneficial Electrification” ambassador — sharing stories and experiences about the advantages of living better electrically!
Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager, Willdan
Vinoth Sekar, Project Manager at Willdan, manages the implementation and day-today program operations for various utility incentive programs. He has provided consulting services for high performance buildings while assisting utilities, design professionals, and building owners in meeting their energy efficiency goals. He received his Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University in Tamil Nadu, India and Master of Science in Energy Systems from Northeastern University.
Kurt Sempf, Energy Efficiency Manager, Alliant Energy
Kurt Sempf is the Energy Efficiency Strategy Manager at Alliant Energy. Kurt joined Alliant Energy in 2016 to manage the residential portfolio of energy efficiency programs. Kurt leads the development and implementation of strategy for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response programs in Iowa and Wisconsin. Kurt is focused on the customer experience and understanding how customers engage with energy efficiency and demand response programs. His vision for the future includes how demand response and
Jacob Serfling, Co-Director, Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition
Jacob Serfling is the Co-Director (Building Policy and Technology) of the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition (MWBDC) and is based in Des Moines, IA. Prior to joining MWBDC, Jacob worked for over a decade in commercial building HVAC and energy efficiency. He still maintains a Professional Engineer's license with the State of Iowa. Jacob also serves as the Vice-Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's Iowa Market Leadership Advisory Board.
Charles Stainer, Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Iowa
Charles Stanier is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.nce He is the Principal Investigator of an internal multidisciplinary grant at the University of Iowa: “Decarb 2040 – Positioning Iowa as an energy exporter in the coming era of deep decarbonization.”
Brandon Umscheid, Project Manager - Team Leader, Baker Group
With over a decade of design and project management experience in industry, Brandon brings extensive knowledge of infrastructure and reliable system design to solve customers’ energy problems. Brandon also has experience as a Maintenance Manager and a focus on energy utilization and equipment reliability.
Krista Wenzel, Chief Financial Officer for the University of Iowa Energy Collaborative, LLC (UIEC)
Krista oversees the daily financial operation of the public/private partnership with the University. Prior to joining UIEC, Krista was the CEO of KDW Advisors, LLC, providing financial, regulatory, and managerial consulting services to municipal utilities throughout the Midwest region. Krista previously served on the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities’ board of directors and American Public Power Association’s Legislative and Regulatory Committee. She is currently serving an appointment on the Iowa Consumer Advocate Advisory Panel and the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission. Krista holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, a Master’s in business administration, and holds an active CPA license in the state of Iowa.
Zhuoyi Zhao, Graduate Research Assistang, Iowa State University
Ms. Zhuoyi Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. Her research focused on real options-based models and analyses for economic transitions toward sustainability.
Xiaohui Zhou, Director of Research & Innovation, Slipstream
Dr. Xiaohui "Joe” Zhou, Dir. Research & Innovation. 25+ years of experience in commercial building EE with focuses on building controls, smart buildings, grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB), as an engineer, researcher, and project/program/facility manager.
Dr. Zhou holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (ISU.) Working experiences include application engineer at Johnson Controls and EE program manager at Iowa Energy Center.