Consulting-Specifying Engineer Editorial Advisory Board
The editorial advisory board members represent expertise and leadership in engineering, building science, commissioning, and business practice. Representing the diverse climates, codes, and building types found in the United States and around the world, board members—as authors, technical peer reviewers, and speakers—provide breadth and depth across the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire/life safety engineering topics. Below are the qualifications of each member.
Peter Alspach, PE, LEED AP BD+C, principal, mechanical engineer, Arup, Seattle
Alspach is an Associate Principal and the mechanical discipline leader in Arup’s Seattle office. He is a specialist in the design of low-energy buildings, focusing on HVAC, energy systems, thermal comfort, and the indoor environment. These areas intersect in the building façade, where the integration of systems becomes critical for project success. As a mechanical engineer, building physicist, and façade engineer, Alspach brings these skills to develop holistic solutions to the built environment. He was a 2008 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Jerry Bauers, PE, vice president, NV5 (previously Sebesta), Kansas City, Mo.
Bauers has delivered building design, commissioning, and retro-commissioning services for the past 40 years. He is a NEBB Certified Professional in building system commissioning, and a NEBB president, past president, and former chairman of the building system commissioning committee. Bauers has specialized in commissioning and retro-commissioning services for pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, research and teaching laboratories, and data and telecommunication facilities.
Michael Chow, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Metro CD Engineering LLC, Columbus, Ohio
Chow is an accomplished professional engineer and entrepreneur. He received a BSEE from Ohio Northern University in 1992. Chow serves on the ONU College of Engineering Advisory Board. He is the owner/founder of Metro CD Engineering LLC, and is a licensed PE in 18 states. He is an officer in the U.S. Green Building Council Central Ohio Chapter. In 2009, Chow received the Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Columbus Business First newspaper 40 Under 40 awards.
Tom Divine, PE, senior electrical engineer, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Divine has spent many years in the consulting engineering field, with the past 20 years designing and engineering health care facilities. He is responsible for power, lighting, and fire alarm design for hospital and health care projects. Project experience includes hospitals, data centers, light industrial plants, and campus distribution systems. He has written a number of articles on standby generation and has presented at several Consulting-Specifying Engineer webcasts. He has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Houston.
Cory Duggin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, energy modeling wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc., Brentwood, Tenn.
Duggin proudly wears the title of energy modeling wizard at TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc., providing building performance simulation efforts across the 375-plus person firm through both direct project involvement and by supporting project teams on specific and unique modeling issues. Duggin also provides modeling training for other TLC staff. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Tech University.
Robert J. Garra Jr., PE, CDT, vice president electrical engineer, CannonDesign, Grand Island, N.Y.
An engineering leader who understands clients and their goals, Garra applies his project leadership and industry knowledge across market segments while providing strategic direction to CannonDesign’s engineering and education markets. He effectively manages integrated projects by encouraging multidisciplinary, high-performance design teams in which contractors, clients, and CannonDesign team members work to achieve project goals. Garra is responsible for conceptual planning, design, and construction administration of medium- and low-voltage power distribution, lighting, lighting controls, building systems, emergency power distribution, and other types of electrical engineering systems. Garra was a 2013 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Jason Gerke, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CxA, mechanical engineer, GRAEF, Milwaukee
Gerke has more than 15 years of mechanical design, commissioning, and project management experience. He has designed mechanical systems for a variety of project types including industrial, commercial, education, and resort entertainment facilities. His current responsibilities include team leader for mechanical and plumbing group, project management for multi-discipline building designs, and mechanical engineering design duties. He is a member of the ASHRAE – Wisconsin chapter and has served as an officer and president. His commissioning experience includes college campus student centers and physical education buildings along with other project types. Gerke is currently involved in directing sustainable building design efforts in his office in Milwaukee.
Joshua Greene, PE, associate principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Waltham, Mass.
Greene has BSME and MSFPE degrees, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois. His experience includes performance-based design, building and fire code consulting, fire suppression and fire alarm system design, and smoke control system analyses. Greene specializes in the practical application of fire protection principles in support of unique designs.
Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, principal, Arup, Washington, D.C.
Grill served as the president of the SFPE and as a Trustee on the Board Trustees of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. He was a 24-year member and chair of NFPA 72 Technical Committee on Notification Appliance and a member of the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee for Automatic Sprinkler Systems. Grill served as the principle investigator for two contracts with NIST regarding the World Trade Center investigation.
Danna Jensen, PE, LEED AP BD+C, vice president, WSP, Dallas
Jensen has several years of experience at ccrd in Dallas (now WSP), where she became associate principal in 2012. Most of her work consists of designing electrical distribution for hospitals; additionally, she handles some office and minor retail work. She is the project manager of major hospital projects, which includes knowledge of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems, as well as commissioning. Jensen was a 2009 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
William Koffel, PE, FSFPE, president, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Koffel is president of Koffel Associates, a fire protection engineering design/consulting firm, and is recognized as an expert in the fire protection/life safety aspects of codes and standards. Headquartered in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, the firm provides consulting, engineering design and construction administration, codes and standards development, seminar development/training, product testing/evaluation/representation, and litigation support to public/private clients worldwide. Koffel remains active in the development process of the industry’s governing codes, standards, and design guidelines including ICC, NFPA, SFPE, and UL. A former code official with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, he is a past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP, data center energy efficiency strategist, Chicago
Kosik is a mission critical industry subject matter expert in research, analysis, strategy, and planning in the reduction of data center energy consumption, water use, and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Over the course of his career, he has held senior technical leadership roles for consulting engineering firms, and has led mechanical and electrical engineering teams through a highly diverse portfolio of design and construction projects. He has provided energy analysis and consulting services for projects in more than 20 countries.
Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, engineering manager, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Kutsmeda holds the role of engineering manager for the mission critical sector at Jacobs. Over 20 years, he has built a catalog of more than 700,000 sq ft of completed data center and commissioning work for numerous commercial, federal, and municipal clients. He is responsible for the engineering, designing, and commissioning of power distribution systems for mission critical facilities. Kutsmeda‘s expertise has given him the opportunity to publish articles on mission critical power distribution systems for Consulting-Specifying Engineer and Pure Power. He was a 2010 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Sara Lappano, PE, LC, LEED AP, managing principal, Integral Group, Washington, D.C.
As the managing principal of Integral Group’s Washington, D.C., office, Lappano is responsible for developing client relationships, pursuing project opportunities, and leading the team of engineers and sustainability experts in the office. With a background in architectural engineering with an emphasis on electrical/lighting design, Lappano’s design focus is to incorporate sustainability into every project, from daylighting strategies to the design of photovoltaic systems for on-site power generation. She was a 2016 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 award winner.
Julianne Laue, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, director of building performance, Mortenson, Minneapolis
Laue is a senior mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer for Mortenson Construction’s Center for Sustainable Energy. She specializes in sustainable design for energy conservation and indoor air quality and is responsible for establishing and executing sustainable initiatives. Laue is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and is involved in many national and regional organizations that promote and study sustainability in our built environment, including IBPSA, ASHRAE, and the U.S. Green Building Council. She was a 2012 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
David Lowrey, chief fire marshal, Boulder Fire Rescue
Lowrey serves as chief fire marshal with the City of Boulder Fire Rescue in Boulder, Colo. Lowrey has been with Boulder Fire Rescue for more than 20 years. Prior to his appointment to the position of fire marshal, he served for 8 years as the department’s fire protection engineer. He oversees the life safety division including code enforcement, building and construction, fire and life safety education, and fire investigations. Lowrey has extensive experience in plan review as well as inspecting and acceptance testing of fire protection systems. He is a principal member and current chair of NFPA 72 technical committee for notification appliances. He is also is a principal member for NFPA 13 technical committee for installation as well as NFPA 13 correlating committee an and alternate on the technical committee NFPA 3 and 4 on commissioning and integrated testing of fire protection and life safety systems. Lowrey earned a bachelor’s of science in fire protection and safety engineering technology from Oklahoma State University.
Brian Martin, PE, senior electrical technologist, Jacobs, Portland, Ore.
Martin has 20 years of experience in engineering planning, project management, design, purchasing, and startup of industrial projects. His power distribution experience includes 115 kV, 34.5 kV, and 15 kV switchgear; power factor correction; motor control; 480 V substations; generators; UPS systems; and secondary distribution at 480 V and 208 V. Special system design experience includes lighting, fire alarm, and communication systems. Engineering analysis experience includes code studies, load studies, voltage drop studies, fault analysis, time-current curve coordination, and arc flash studies.
Dwayne G. Miller, PE, RCDD, AEE CPQ, president/buildings, technology, and science, NV5 (previously JBA Consulting Engineers), Las Vegas
Miller has 25 years of engineering experience and serves as president/buildings, technology, and science for NV5 (previously JBA Consulting Engineers). In addition to providing leadership and strategic direction for the firm, he remains active in the electrical and telecommunications engineering disciplines. Miller has extensive experience in planning, design, and operations of complex power and telecommunications infrastructure for large-scale facilities and focuses primarily on the master plan development and schematic/design development phases of major projects.
Rodney V. Oathout, PE, CEM, LEED AP, principal and regional engineering leader, DLR Group, Overland Park, Kan.
Oathout is an advocate for integrated design, renewable energy, and natural resource conservation. Oathout is an expert at guiding clients through the design process to help them understand the challenges and opportunities associated with healthy building operation, natural resource reduction, and operational savings. He is a member of the DLR Group National Engineering Team and leads engineering for DLR Group in the Southeast region of the U.S.
Freddy Padilla, PE, ATD, principal/senior electrical engineer, Page, Austin, Texas
Padilla has developed significant experience as an engineer designing infrastructure for data centers, and successfully earned his Uptime Tier Designers accreditation in 2013. In the past few years, he has been responsible for leading Page teams on the electrical design of more than 12 data centers totaling over $1 billion in construction costs. Padilla’s portfolio also includes a variety of engineering services for multiple, successful projects for the industrial, municipal, commercial, government, educational, and health care sectors.
Gregory Quinn, PE, NCEES, LEED AP, principal, health care market leader, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis.
In 20 years with Affiliated Engineers Inc. (AEI), Quinn has helped deliver more than 16 million sq ft of world-class health care and research facility space. Elevated to principal early in his career, Quinn is AEI’s national health care practice team leader. With expertise in environmental control, electrical capacity, reliability, and security, he has led landmark projects for the National Institutes of Health, University of Chicago Medicine, and Houston Methodist Hospital System. He was a 2008 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Brian A. Rener, PE, LEED AP, associate, SmithGroup, Chicago
Rener has more than 20 years of experience in management and engineering for new and existing facilities. His specialization is in electrical power and life safety systems for commercial, industrial, governmental, and mission critical facilities, with a focus on research, laboratory, and health care buildings. He is a member of the IEEE industrial applications Chicago society where he has served as an officer and chair. Brian has published or presented numerous papers on power systems for the IEEE, Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, and Pure Power.
Sunondo Roy, PE, LEED BD+C, vice president, CCJM Engineers Ltd., Chicago
Roy is a multidisciplinary engineer at CCJM Engineers, committed to integrated, sustainable design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. He has worked at various engineering firms, including The Austin Co., A. Epstein and Sons, and Grumman/Butkus, before launching his own consulting firm, Sun Engineered Systems. After 11 years at Sun, he joined the Chicago office of CCJM Engineers as vice president.
Randy Schrecengost, PE, CEM, Austin operations group manager and senior mechanical engineer, Stanley Consultants, Austin, Texas
Since 1985, Schrecengost has experience in design, project, and program management at all levels of MEP, Energy Consulting, and Facilities Engineering. He has experience from the perspective of both a consulting engineer and an owner’s facility engineer, with emphasis on mechanical systems and specialized facilities (laboratory spaces, cleanrooms, and high-technology manufacturing plants), including HVAC design, cleanroom design, energy conservation, commissioning/start-up, cost estimating and bidding, exhaust design/abatement, piping/plumbing design, electric utility work, project management, proposal documents, central plant utilities, compressed air design, construction services, client interface/marketing, and ASHRAE/AEE.
Saahil Tumber, PE, HBDP, LEED AP, senior associate, Environmental Systems Design Inc. (ESD), Chicago
Tumber is responsible for the overall design of HVAC systems for data centers, trading areas, and other critical facilities requiring high availability. His data center experience spans both enterprise and colocation projects. He works closely with the client and end-users as their trusted advisor and develops fit-for-purpose solutions that best meet their objectives. Tumber was a 2016 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 award winner.
Mario Vecchiarello, PE, CEM, GBE, senior vice president, CDM Smith, Boston
Vecchiarello is a regional operations manager responsible for the consulting and engineering services throughout the Eastern United States. He is leading a large interdisciplinary and diverse team that works on a variety of traditional and nontraditional projects in the environmental, industrial, institutional, and federal markets. Prior to his role as operations manager, he was the electrical practice leader, establishing the firm’s electrical design guidelines.
Richard Vedvik, PE, senior electrical engineer and acoustics engineer, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.
Vedvik has experience in the health care, education, commercial, and government sectors. His electrical engineering experience includes lighting design, power distribution, emergency power systems, and fire alarm systems. For acoustical services, Vedvik collaborates with the design team for optimal architectural acoustical finishes, voice notification systems, and mechanical noise mitigation. He has helped develop in-house software tools and custom acoustics test equipment to assist searching for and solving noise problems and performing field measurements of equipment. He was a 2015 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Mike Walters, PE, LEED AP, campus energy market leader, MEP Associates LLC, Verona, Wis.
Walters provides consulting to clients who contend with the complicated decision-making inherent in large-scale, campus environments often focusing on maximizing the value streams of efficiency and conservation. Beginning his career as a building systems engineer, he has distinguished himself as a national leader in the development, verification, and implementation of sustainability and energy-efficiency strategies and technologies at both the building and campus scales. Walters was a 2009 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C, lead electrical engineer, McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
Yoon’s expertise in the field of electrical engineering is the product of more than 20 years of experience in the design of electrical distribution systems, emergency systems, and lighting design. Serving as a senior member of the team, Yoon contributes to almost every new project as both a technical advisor and project manager. He leads the electrical design practice at McGuire Engineers, ensuring consistent and quality work. His professional experience ranges from high-rise building infrastructure design, to mission critical data centers and heavily regulated industrial design. Yoon also is well-versed in commercial projects, using his years of experience to deliver best-in-class services within abbreviated timelines. Something of a renaissance man, Yoon is valued for his ability to understand and analyze multiple disciplines within the field of engineering.
Board members emeritus
Cory J. Abramowicz, PE, LEED AP, Chicago
Abramowicz graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architectural engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He was an associate mechanical engineer and project manager in the high-performance buildings group and oversees the redevelopment of Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs play. His areas of expertise include central plants, large commercial buildings, and sports facilities. In his free time, he enjoys playing golfing, traveling, and biking along Chicago’s lakefront. He was a 2017 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Anil Ahuja, PE, LEED AP, RCDD, Chicago
Ahuja has 30 years of experience in building systems design, design management, construction management, commissioning, and operations and maintenance. He is a registered professional engineer in several states, with project experience including commercial, institutional, educational, residential, industrial, and airports. Ahuja is a member of President Bush’s “Renewable Energy Think Tank” and the AIA Chair of the MASTERSPEC Engineering Review Committee.
J. Patrick Banse, PE, LEED AP, Houston
Banse has more than 30 years in the consulting engineering field with the last 25 years in health care design and engineering. He is responsible for HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection design for hospital and health care projects. He has authored several articles on smoke control and related codes and standards and has spoken at the ASHE P, D & C Conference and at Build Boston.
Paul Bearn, PE, Philadelphia
For 20 years, Bearn has been responsible for the engineering and design of electrical power and lighting systems for data centers, process facilities, laboratories, and commercial installations. He has most recently focused on mission critical facility projects for JPMorgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Amtrak. He has drawn on this experience to create the article, “EPO: Emergency Power On” for the December 2008 edition of Pure Power magazine, which was also used as a segment in Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s webcast “Blackout Blues,” describing business strategies to determine on-site generator needs.
Thomas Brown, PE, Laurel, Md.
Brown has more than 25 years of experience in fire protection. The experience includes building code consulting, fire suppression system design and evaluation, fire alarm system design and evaluation, post-fire forensic analysis, construction management, and construction claims resolution. Brown has served as Project Manager for Rolf Jensen & Associates on numerous multi-building fire alarm and reporting systems evaluation and design projects. In addition, he has served as a technical resource in dozens of projects performed by the other RJA offices around the world.
Tom Earp, PE, ATD
Earp’s specialty is the design of highly reliable, cost-effective data centers. He is a certified Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer and has been instrumental in developing and improving design standards and guidelines for some of the largest data center builders in the country. Registered to practice engineering in multiple states, Earp is a member of both AFCOM and The Green Grid. He was a 2015 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Douglas Evans, PE, Nevada
Evans’ knowledge of fire protection includes suppression systems, detection and alarm systems, elevators, fire-resistive construction, exiting, hazardous materials, fire testing, fire modeling, secondary power supplies, and an understanding of the appropriate codes and standards. His specialization is review of code alternates/performance-based designs, smoke management systems, grease duct enclosures, product listings/applications for use within structures, foam plastics as building materials, and unique interiors.
Raj P. Gupta, PE, LEED AP, Chicago
Gupta oversees all operations and strategic planning for the firm. He joined ESD in 1984 as a mechanical engineer and became president in 1998. Gupta is a registered professional engineer in 33 states and a member of ASHRAE, BOMA, Chicago Building Congress, and Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings.
Gersil Kay, Philadelphia
A past member of the IESNA Board of Directors, Kay is a member of several professional affiliations and societies including IESNA, IAFI, AIA’s Historic Resources Committee, and International Council on Art Deco Societies. She served as the U.S. Chair of Professional Education for International Council of Monuments and Sites in 1990 and was the first recipient of the President of the United States’ Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.
Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, Portland, Ore.
Kuhlman has more than 20 years of experience in the field of communications infrastructure. His experience includes the design and construction of telecommunication infrastructure for microelectronics manufacturing facilities, data centers, laboratories, testing labs, office buildings, petrochemical plants, hospitals, and university campuses. His project experience includes facilities designed or constructed in the United States, Ireland, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel, and India.
Keith Lane, PE, RCDD, LEED AP, Seattle
Lane is a licensed General Electrical Administrator in Washington, a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI, a Network Transport System Specialist, and a Certified Telecommunications Project Manager (TPM) through the Telecommunication Project Management Assn. (TPMA). Lane is active in several professional organizations including NFPA, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the Washington State Society of Healthcare Engineers. He was a 2008 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Kenneth Lovorn, PE, Pittsburgh
Lovorn has more than 30 years of progressive design and engineering management experience with architect-engineers and consulting engineers designing electrical systems. His work designs include single-family and high-rise residential; light industrial facilities; office buildings; institutional facilities, including renovations; and new facilities for hospitals, K-12 schools, and higher educational facilities.
Ali Mahmood, PE, Chicago
Mahmood has more than 20 years of technical experience. His reponsibilities include project engineering, project management, and mechanical engineering task lead. His work is primarily for institutional, industrial, and utility clients. Mahmood’s project experience includes quality control and quality assurance of bid documents, including analysis, engineering, and designing mechanical systems encompassing HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection.
Michael Mar, PE, LEED AP, Chicago
Mar joined Environmental Systems Design Inc. as an electrical engineer in June 2004 and has worked on various complex and high-rise buildings both within the U.S. and Internationally. He is currently a Vice President and works on residential, commercial, hospitality, government, transportation, and institutional projects. His role consists of project management, power and lighting distribution design, lighting controls, sustainable design strategies, and life safety design. His projects have pushed new technologies and UPS applications that are innovative in the data center market, such as fuel cell technologies to support critical load and the iso-parallel topology using static UPS systems.
Erin McConahey, PE, Los Angeles
McConahey works in mechanical engineering at Arup, where she focuses on multidisciplinary design approaches and integrated technical solutions grounded in extensive engineering analysis. During her many years with Arup, she has worked internationally and is now a lead engineer on a wide variety of project types including educational facilities, offices, high-end retail, laboratories, museums, and high-rises. She was a 2008 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 winner.
Syed M. Peeran, PhD, PE, Boston
Peeran has more than 20 years of experience in the design of electrical distribution systems. He was an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Boston. He has authored several papers in the transaction of IEEE and two sections in electrical engineering handbooks. His expertise includes design of low- and medium-voltage distribution, protection, variable frequency drives, harmonic analysis, power system studies, and electric motors.
Mickey Reiss, PE, FSFPE, Framingham, Mass.
Reiss has more than 30 years of experience focusing on fire protection safety through new technology, codes and standards development, and the proper application of fire protection systems. Reiss served on NFPA technical committees such as the National Fire Alarm Code, Life Safety Code, Building Code, and Cultural Resources Committee and as the Chair of the NFPA Board of Directors from 2000 to 2002.
David Sellers, PE, Portland, Ore.
Sellers’ background includes more than 30 years of experience with commissioning, design engineering, facilities engineering, mechanical and control system contracting, and project engineering in a wide array of facilities. The facilities range from hospitals and semiconductor clean rooms to commercial office buildings to research/pilot projects in the energy efficiency and sustainability arena. He provides technical training and develops technical guidelines on retro-commissioning and commissioning field techniques.
Gerald Versluys, PE, LEED AP, Brentwood, Tenn.
Versluys has more than 25 years of experience in building MEP engineering design, including 10 years at TLC. The majority of his experience is as an electrical engineering project manager on health care projects; he also has a deep resume that includes creative lighting, medium-voltage electrical distribution, and historic renovation projects. His recent experiences include MEP design of the first LEED-certified hospital in Pennsylvania; teaching lighting design; teaching ARE preparation courses; and speaking on health care related engineering topics.
Peter D. Zak, PE, Milwaukee
Zak directs GRAEF’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects and the firm’s design engineers and more than 30 years of experience with the design of mechanical systems. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he developed and taught a series of courses on the design of mechanical building systems.