Penn State Mark Facilities Engineering Institute


Welcome to the home of Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI). PSFEI provides facility engineering services to eleven Pennsylvania state agencies and the federal government. We are advancing our customer's facilities engineering aspirations through applied research, education, and innovation.


PDH Course to be offered at the Nittany Lion Inn
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Facility Topics for Today’s Professional Engineer
July 22-23, 2015


Come visit beautiful Happy Valley to fulfill the PDH requirements needed for your Professional Engineer licensure renewal. Facility Topics for Today’s Professional Engineer is a two-day, sixteen PDH-unit comprehensive course that will provide you with relevant information in a cost-effective way to enable you to attain your mandatory PDH units. Your attendance during the entire course is required to receive your PDH certificate.

Seating is limited so register early.

Register today: Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineer

Devin Pennebaker Earns Energy Professional Certification

Devin Pennebaker Earns Energy Professional Certification

Devin Pennebaker, Energy Research Engineer, has earned the designation of Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Devin completed a comprehensive three-day training program and examination in October 2014 at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington D.C.

AEE's program is designed to award special recognition to professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, experience, competence, and ethical fitness covering the full spectrum of activities related to the purchase, sale, and marketing of electricity and natural gas.

Devin has been part of the PSFEI Energy Team since 2009. Congratulations Devin!
PSFEI on General Services Administration Schedule
PSFEI Instructors, from left: Tom Dowling, Susan Burket, Dave Corbin, and Cecil Johnson

Facilities Engineering Institute courses approved for GSA Schedule

January 7, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Three courses offered by Penn State's Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) have been added to the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Schedule.

GSA Schedules are fast, easy and effective contracting vehicles for all federal agencies and vendors. Customers benefit because they are purchasing from a government-approved vendor while vendors have more opportunities to connect with a wider range of federal government entities.

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The courses — Facility Infrastructure Fundamentals Training, Fundamentals of High Performance Buildings and Smart Buildings Operations Training — will be listed under Facilities Maintenance and Management (Schedule 03FAC).

Jim Myers, director of the PSFEI, said the institute currently provides facility engineering services to 11 Pennsylvania state agencies and the federal government. He explained it will now be easier for those customers to request a PSFEI course. "They no longer have to go through all the contract procedures. Instead, the agency simply requests a purchase order for our services."

He also noted the PSFEI could benefit from an increased revenue stream as more agencies request services. "Right now the institute brings in about $600,000 a year from these courses. This opportunity has the potential to increase that to more than $1 million in the next 18 months."

Anthony Atchley, senior associate dean in the College of Engineering, said the PSFEI's educational programs provide an invaluable service to the public sector, resulting in better-managed facilities that ultimately save tax payers dollars. "Having these programs available on the GSA Schedule will allow the institute to expand its reach to have a broader impact on government-owned facilities."

He lauded the institute as an excellent example of how Penn State can bring its intellectual capital to bear to solve pressing societal problems.

The PSFEI employs engineers with expertise in many areas, including energy management and markets, building mechanical and electrical systems, water treatment systems, building envelope and other infrastructure systems. They will teach the courses in the GSA's 11 regions across the country.

Myers said plans are already in the works to make modifications to and expand upon the services offered by the PSFEI.

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Wounded Warrior
PSFEI staff Chris Gabany, Wayne Macafee, and Lance Bland support the Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser.

PSFEI Raises $350 for the Wounded Warrior Project!

November 21, 2014

PSFEI raised $350 for the Wounded Warrior Project by hosting a hot dog luncheon at their office on November 21, 2014. A BIG thank you to all who helped make this a successful and fun event.

If you would like to know more about the Wounded Warrior Project or make a donation, please visit their website at: Wounded Warrior Project.

Fireye Nexus 6100 Presentation at PSFEI

November 6, 2014

PSFEI hosted a presentation of system overview and capabilities of the Fireye Nexus 6100 linkageless boiler combustion control and burner safety system on November 6, 2014. The session was provided by representatives from Combustion Service and Equipment Company, and attended by personnel from PSFEI and the PA Department of Corrections. The presentation included a direct view of the system through the use of a field demonstration unit. Time was also allotted for direct interaction of the attendees and the presenters. Attendees found the session to be very informative and useful, especially with respect to potential retrofits.

Millions Saved for Commonwealth Facilities!

October 21, 2014

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) administered an electricity procurement event (RFQ DGS 14-04) for 16 large power accounts belonging to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services Bureau of Procurement, competitive electric supply contracts were secured through the proprietary Energy Risk Management Application (ERMA) developed by PSFEI. Avoided costs for these contracts are estimated to be over $2 million annually and over $3.6 million for the lifetime of the contracts.
Mechanical/Utilities and Electrical Supervisors 
				Educational Conference
HVAC Training Course at Lock Haven University Sieg Center

Mechanical/Utilities and Electrical Supervisors Educational Conference

October 15 and 16, 2014

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute hosted the 2014 Mechanical/Utilities and Electrical Supervisors Educational Conference at Lock Haven State University's Sieg Conference Center on October 15 and 16, 2014. This conference was open to all supervisors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and any member of the Pennsylvania Facilities Management Association (PFMA) and included training on HVAC Coil Selection Basics, Generator Maintenance, and Improving Hydronic System Performance. Opportunities were also provided for several open forum discussion sessions.

Energy Procurement

Energy Team

DGS Natural Gas RFQ Released


The Department of General Services (DGS) Bureau of Procurement released a natural gas supply Request for Quote (RFQ) for SCIs Rockview and Benner Township. Bids were due Friday, March 21, 2014 and were submitted through PSFEI's Energy Risk Management Application (ERMA).
ERMA is a web-based application developed by PSFEI to ease the complexity of energy procurement that helps link energy providers and energy consumers in a common platform and streamlines the decision making process for energy purchases.


David Derr
David Derr, PSFEI Building Systems Engineer

Storage and Handling of Flammable and Combustible Materials

How is the International Fire Code relevant to facilities storage? Would you like some basic information on NFPA 30 or some of the Commonwealths fire code regulations? David Derr has a presentation available to participating Pennsylvania Commonwealth agencies and other select groups.

International Fire Code
  • Chapter 22 – Repair garages
  • Chapter 25 – Tire storage
  • Chapter 27 – Hazardous materials (General)
  • Chapter 34 – Flammable & Combustible Liquids

Flammable and Combustible Liquids

PA Code

Title 25, Chapter 245 (Storage Tanks)
Cloud to cloud lightning strike, by Axel Rouvin ( source)

Lightning Protection - NFPA 780

NFPA 780 provides lightning protection system installation requirements to safeguard people and property from fire risk and related hazards associated with lightning exposure.
  • What are a facility manager's critical issues?
  • What is a good system design?
  • How are risk assessments calculated?
  • What should be inspected?
Contact David Derr for more information.

News Archive

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute Presents at the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Hearing in Pittsburgh, PA

October 7, 2014

The Penn State Facilities Engineer Institute's (PSFEI) Associate Director John Hajduk and Energy Team Manager Kurt Homan presented an overview of the combined heat and power (CHP) project installed at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands, Somerset County at a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) informational hearing held at the University of Pittsburgh on October 7. Show More...
During the presentation, Mr. Hajduk and Mr. Homan provided a history of the project development and discussed the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned. PSFEI made the presentation on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

The hearing was hosted by PUC Chair Robert Powelson, Vice-Chair John Coleman, and Commissioners Pamela Witmer and Gladys Brown.
Paul Meister receives Special Recognition Award.
Paul Meister accepting his award.

(From left: Kurt Homan, PSFEI Facilities Engineering Consultant, Paul Meister, and Jim Myers, PSFEI Director)

Paul Meister receives Special Recognition Award

September 16-18, 2014

Paul Meister, P.E., Energy Management Consultant with the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) received the 2014 Pennsylvania Facilities Managers Association's (PFMA) Special Recognition award at the association's annual conference held in State College on September 16-18.

As an Energy Management Consultant at PSFEI, Paul serves Commonwealth of Pennsylvania state agencies by providing advisory services focused on natural gas procurement and management. His efforts have resulted in savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the people of Pennsylvania while at the same time providing increased reliability in utility and infrastructure services for critical and specialized facilities owned and operated by the state. The association noted that while Paul exhibits a unique and broad skill set, he never loses focus on the people that depend on his advocacy for their needs and interests.

Paul Meister has been part of PSFEI for the past 10 years.
PDH Class at Nittany Lion Inn
Class in session at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineer
A Success!

August 13 and 14, 2014

The 16-PDH, two-day course, Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineer, presented on August 13 and 14, 2014 by PSFEI provided subjects that addressed many facility issues faced by today's professional engineer. Topics included information about the natural gas and electric utility industry, energy procurement, arc flash, and Legionnaires Disease and its prevention. The course was so well received that PSFEI is planning to present a similar course in 2015. If you would like to receive information about the 2015 course, or have suggestions for future topics, please contact PSFEI.
2014 EFM Graduates
2014 Effective Facility Management Graduates.

Four Short Courses held by PSFEI during 2014 at the Ramada Conference Center, State College, PA

PSFEI held four short courses from May to August 2014. The two and one-half day courses provided training on boiler plant operation and maintenance; electrical fundamentals; effective facility management; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) operation and maintenance. Three of the courses included tours of Penn State University Park building systems.

The Boiler Plant Operations and Maintenance Training course provided instruction on boilers and central heating plant basics. Class attendees had the opportunity to tour the University Park East Campus Steam Plant.

The Electrical Fundamentals short course provided an understanding of electrical systems and the safe operation and maintenance of these systems. Class attendees had the opportunity to tour the Pegula Ice Arena.

Electrical Course
2014 Electrical Class.
HVAC Course
2014 HVAC Class.

The Effective Facility Management course is a three-year course that provides an orderly progression of topics to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of facility management personnel. This year, seventeen people received their three-year award plaque for completing Years I, II, and III.

The HVAC Technical Conference benefited HVAC technicians, facility managers, general maintenance technicians, and other facility maintenance or management personnel who need a basic understanding of HVAC system operation and maintenance. Class attendees had the opportunity to tour the Millennium Science Complex.

For more information on any of these courses, please contact PSFEI.
Tom Dowling 25 Year Service Award
Amr Salah Elnashai, Dean of Penn State College of Engineering, Jim Myers, Director of PSFEI, and Tom Dowling accepting his award.

PSFEI Employee Receives 25-Year Recognition Award


Carl "Tom" Dowling, a PSFEI instructor, recently received his 25-Year Recognition Award with The Pennsylvania State University.

Tom began working full-time at Penn State University Park in 1988 in the Office of Physical Plant. He began his career with PSFEI in 2006 and continues to be a highly regarded member of our team. Congratulations Tom on achieving this career milestone!
Legionnaries Presentation
Legionnaires Class at PA Department of General Services Annex in Harrisburg, PA

Legionnaires Disease and its Prevention


PSFEI completed five workshops this spring throughout Pennsylvania on a very important and timely topic—Legionella and Legionnaires disease. The workshops provided information on the bacterium and the diseases it causes, and the disease types, symptoms, origin, and prevention. A critical component of the workshops addressed treatment and minimization of Legionella in cooling towers and hot water systems. For more information on this workshop, please contact PSFEI.
Eric Barron

Penn State names Eric J. Barron president


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The 18th president of Penn State has been named by the University's Board of Trustees. Eric J. Barron, a former dean at Penn State and current leader of Florida State University, will begin as Penn State's next president on or before May 12, 2014.

After an exhaustive search, Barron was appointed today (Feb. 17) during a special meeting of the University's Board of Trustees on the unanimous recommendation of the 14-member Trustee Presidential Selection Council, chaired by Trustee Karen Peetz. Barron will succeed Rodney A. Erickson, who in 2012 announced his intention to retire before June 30, 2014. Information about the president-elect's compensation is available online. Show More...

History of accomplishment

Barron, 62, has served as president of Florida State University in Tallahassee since 2010. In this role, he oversees Florida State University's 16 colleges that offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law. Serving nearly 41,000 students, Florida State is one of the largest and oldest of the 11 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida.

Before his presidency at Florida State University, Barron held a number of notable positions within higher education, including dean of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006, having become a member of the Penn State faculty in 1986.

"My wife, Molly, and I spent 20 years at Penn State, where I served as a faculty member, center director and dean. In that time, I learned what it meant to continually strive for excellence – to make every year stronger than the year before," Barron said. "I also came to understand the power of this community, we are unbeatable when we are working together for a common purpose. It is an honor to lead this great University."

Scholar, educator, administrator and researcher

"In Eric Barron, we have found a president who is energetic, innovative and dedicated to maximizing the potential of our great institution," said Board Chairman Keith Masser in introducing Barron to the board. "Dr. Barron has a track record as an accomplished educator, highly respected researcher, an effective administrator and an internationally recognized scholar. It is clear that Eric Barron is not only familiar with our University, but also has the experience and knowledge to lead us forward, continuing our path of excellence."

Trustee Peetz agreed and said that Barron's credentials and proven leadership abilities brought his name to the top of the list. The executive search firm Isaacson, Miller contacted nearly 400 individuals regarding the position, as well as tapping into another 150, who were asked to suggest individuals who might be available for the position. Of particular interest to the selection committee was Barron's role leading a doctoral research university that also has a law school and a college of medicine, as well as his strategic plan to take Florida State University into the top 25 ranking of national public universities.

Looking toward the future

"This is certainly a pivotal time in the history of Penn State, and Eric Barron is the eminent leader that our University needs to take us to the next level of academic excellence and national prominence," said Peetz. "Dr. Barron has remarkable experience in so many facets of higher education and within the communities of which he has been a part. He has demonstrated strengths in fiscal matters, strategic planning, leadership and communication, and his track record for partnering with the community is stellar."

While leading Florida State University, Barron directed the university's rise to a U.S. News & World Report ranking as the most efficiently operated university in the nation.

From 2008 to 2010, Barron served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), a prominent federally funded research and development laboratory in Boulder, Colo., devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. Barron had previously been a scientist at NCAR from 1981 to 1985.

Before his NCAR directorship, Barron was dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas-Austin, from 2006-2008, where he oversaw the task of building a school that just four years before had received a single gift of $282 million for the purpose of creating a school of geosciences. A major research university, the University of Texas at Austin is the largest institution in the University of Texas system and is home to more than 50,000 students.

In the previous two decades, Barron was a familiar figure at Penn State. From 1986 to 2006, he served in various positions at Penn State, including professor of geosciences, director of the Earth System Science Center, director of the EMS Environmental Institute and dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He also earned the title of distinguished professor of geosciences at Penn State, and was named winner of both the Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999) and the Wilson Award for Excellence in Research (1992) in recognition of both his scholarly distinction and his outstanding teaching. Barron came to Penn State after one year on the faculty of the University of Miami.

He is a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the Geological Society of America. Barron is a highly recognized scientist and has received a number of national awards as a scholar, researcher and distinguished lecturer, including NASA Group Achievement Award and NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.

His expertise in the areas of climate, environmental change and oceanography, among other earth science topics, have led to extensive service for the federal government and the international community. He has served as a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is a member of its science advisory board; a member of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, director's advisory committee; and chair, Committee on Ocean Infrastructure Strategy for U.S. Ocean Research in 2030.

Barron brings to Penn State nearly 35 years of experience in academic administration, education, research and public service, as well as fiscal management within large and complex institutions.

Barron, who was at the board meeting Monday, said that he looks forward to again working with Penn State faculty, staff, students and alumni in advancing Penn State's core mission.

"I am thrilled to take on the leadership role of one of the nation's most prestigious universities," Barron said. "Penn State, already well-known for its high academic standards, its innovative research, global vision and unmatched public service, is well-positioned for the future and for creating more opportunities for students, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

"The appointment of Dr. Barron as Penn State's next president ensures an excellent future for our University," said Dean Ann (Nan) Crouter, chairman of the University Presidential Search and Screen Committee, an 18-member group composed of students, faculty and staff. "He has been an outstanding faculty member, highly regarded researcher and an administrator who understands the roles and dynamics of the academic community. He has a remarkable record in building enrollment while ensuring academic excellence and diversity, and his desire to be inclusive in his decision making is something that is very important to our community."

A native of Lafayette, Ind., Barron received a bachelor of science degree in geology from Florida State University, a master's degree and Ph.D, both in oceanography, from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

The president-elect and his wife, Molly, an educator, will live in Schreyer House on the University Park campus. The Barrons have two grown children, Emily and James.

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Industry Day

Penn State Courses for GSA


GSA reviewed the Facility Infrastructure Fundamentals Training (FIFT) and Fundamentals of High Performance Buildings (FHPB) courses offered by Penn State to verify their alignement with the FBPTA Core Competencies. These courses were selected as priorities by the Public Buildings Service of GSA for its own internal training. We seek public comment through Jan 13, 2014 to allow you to review and provide input on our assessment.

Facilities Management Institute
Amr Salah Elnashai

Elnashai named new dean of College of Engineering


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State announced today that Amr Salah Elnashai will serve as the new dean in the College of Engineering, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at the Nov. 22 meeting.

Elnashai, currently the head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, succeeds David N. Wormley, who announced his retirement earlier this year after more than two decades as dean. Elnashai will begin Jan. 13 at Penn State. Show More...
"Penn State engineering is a premier college of national and international acclaim, and it is a huge honor for me to work with the faculty and staff to further its march of excellence," Elnashai said. "Leaving the University of Illinois is not easy; joining the Penn State family is an event that my family and I very much look forward to."

At Illinois, Elnashai is also the Bill and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor and director of hybrid simulation at the National Science Foundation's Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) laboratory, where research is conducted on infrastructure design and construction to minimize damage from earthquakes.

As head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, he oversees 69 faculty, 50 employees, 1,330 students and an annual budget of $38 million, including $22 million in research expenditure, during the most recent fiscal year. The size of the faculty increased during Elnashai's tenure as head by 30 percent, and the diversity of the faculty increased by 80 percent. The department at Illinois also grew its research budget from $17 million to the current $22 million.

A fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, Elnashai is the founder and co-editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering, which has been published for 16 years. Elnashai's technical interests are multi-resolution distributed analytical simulations, network analysis, large-scale hybrid testing, and field investigations of the response of complex networks and structures to earthquakes. He has produced more than 250 research publications, comprising 145 refereed journal papers and many conference papers, lectures, research reports, two books, several book chapters, magazine articles and earthquake field investigation reports.

At Illinois, Elnashai also served as director of the NSF's multi-institution, interdisciplinary Mid-America Earthquake Center and the NEES laboratory, as well as director and chairman of the Council on Global Engineering Initiatives at the College of Engineering.

Before coming to Illinois, he was professor of earthquake engineering and head of division at Imperial College London from 1985 to 2001. Since 1997, Elnashai has been a visiting professor at Britain's University of Surrey, and held other visiting professor appointments at the likes of University of Tokyo, University of Southern California and the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk in Italy.

As an educator, he designed and delivered courses such as structural earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, and bridge and building performance. At Imperial, Elnashai designed, launched and ran the master course in earthquake engineering that was the first in Europe.

He has contributed to major projects for international companies and agencies such as the World Bank; GlaxoWellcome (currently GlaxoSmithKline); Shell International; AstraZeneca; British Nuclear Fuels; Greek, Italian, Indonesian, Pakistani, Hong Kong and Turkish government organizations; and the National Geographic Society. Elnashai has recently completed research projects for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, state emergency management agencies, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Istanbul Municipality. He has given interviews to media outlets such as CNN, BBC, Sky News, The Weather Channel and The Guardian (U.K.).

"The breadth of his expertise and international reputation will further Penn State's position at the forefront of engineering education," said University President Rodney Erickson. "Dr. Elnashai has worldwide connections that vastly increase the potential for collaboration with institutions of higher education, government entities and private industry, preparing our students for an increasingly global landscape."

Elnashai obtained a bachelor of science degree from Cairo University, and his master of science degree and doctorate from Imperial College London (U.K.) where he received multiple honors for his work, including the Unwin Prize for the best doctoral thesis in civil and mechanical engineering.

Elnashai's hobbies include scuba diving and reading about history, the history of painting and movie making.

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PSFEI Summer Interns Impress Kutztown University Client


Student interns from the Penn State College of Engineering, working for the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute, received accolades for their work at Kutztown University (KU) in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Bret Bartlett, senior, mechanical engineering, and Greg Them, junior, architectural engineering, performed condition assessments of thirty-nine KU campus buildings during the summer of 2013. Show More...
After being trained by PSFEI on technical building systems, Greg and Bret moved to the KU campus and were trained to use facilities condition assessment (FCA) software. The FCA software database allows KU managers to sort and prioritize facilities work for planning, maintenance, repair, or replacement. After establishing a work timeline to ensure project completion, the two interns worked with university operations and maintenance directors and tradesman every day. The interns surveyed and ranked the condition of HVAC systems, MEP systems, roof and building envelopes, site environments, fire and safety systems, and interiors. Findings were input into the software database and replacement costs were developed using RS Means cost estimating data.

Kyle Mills, the director of facilities maintenance at Kutztown University, was very pleased with the work, saying, "(Bret and Greg) did an incredible job. They established a building assessment timeline, which they met, updated all building assessment data in (the FCA software), including accurate replacement costs and developed a guideline for any future engineering students to follow. The outcome of this program far exceeded our expectations. Due to the success of this summer program I am currently evaluating other areas where this type of program could be beneficial and educational for all involved."

Greg and Bret were energized by the hands-on education, with Bret stating "We used critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a professional environment at Kutztown University. We developed strong communication, organization, and project management skills while aiding the University's facilities department in their long term project endeavors."


PSFEI Serves all of Pennsylvania


The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) proudly boasts on its website: WE ARE PENN STATE to thousands of Pennsylvanians who come in contact with us everyday.

I got the opportunity to hear just how that happens from PSFEI Director Jim Myers, PE, when I visited the Institute today. Show More...
PSFEI works with government-related organizations across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to consult on the maintenance and operations of their facilities, including energy-related issues. Jim explained that a client may call the Institute to uncover a simple maintenance item, consult on a large building or renovation project, or provide training and education for employees.

And when Jim says they ARE Penn State to many Pennsylvanians, he's not kidding. PSFEI does work in all 67 counties – through relationships with the State System of Higher Education, PA Department of Transportation, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Corrections, PA Historical & Museum Commission, and many more.

What I found amazing, beyond just how efficiently the Institute serves its clients (there are 31 engineers, technicians and staffers on the team, supplemented by student interns who have the opportunity to learn from experienced engineers and take this real-world experience to jobs in the 'real' world), is that the Institute was working with clients to deal with energy markets, energy procurement, and energy savings programs long before it was 'cool.' Jim joked during our conversation, "We were Green before it was even a color!"

Jim has been with PSFEI since 1985, rising to director in 1995 and seeing the 66-year-old organization through a period of intense growth. And it's easy to see how he's contributed to that growth. Jim's passion for the work PSFEI does is truly contagious. He's just hired an assistant director, John Hajduk, MBA, to help in the next phase of growth for the Institute.

I look forward to working with Jim and his team to highlight the value that PSFEI brings to its clients, the residents of Pennsylvania and the many, many others who are touched by the work that PSFEI does. And, of course, to see what happens next!