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PSFEI Celebrates Success of Facility Management Course and Awards Attendees
June 12, 2017

2017 Effective Facility Management short course
The 2017 Effective Facility Management short course, offered by PSFEI, concluded last week at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Anyone can manage a facility. However, the best facilities, those that are the most efficient, are operated by personnel who successfully complete the Effective Facility Management (EFM) program, a short course offered by Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI). This is what the education team at PSFEI wants each and every attendee of its highly successful and quick-to-fill course to be able to say at the end of each three-year program.

And, if enrollment figures and the growing list of award recipients over the past eight years are any indication, one could easily conclude, the EFM course is one of the best available.

PSFEI Manager Robert Bruce, P.E. created the current course structure and launched the tiered structure in 2009 to replace Effective Management of the Physical Plant, a previous version of the program. "Prior to 2009, PSFEI offered a similar course," said Bruce. "But, it was offered on an annual basis and lacked content that was important to the development of Commonwealth client facility maintenance managers."

A former facility manager in his earlier years, Manager Robert Nelson further developed and upgraded the three-year course to incorporate items he felt would benefit a person who may have been a tradesperson (e.g., electrician, plumber, HVAC tech, etc.) for many years before becoming a facility manager. Nelson said, "A tradesperson doesn't necessarily need the same skills and education as that of a facility manager, but for those who aspire to grow their careers, a progressive program like ours works well for facilities personnel at every level." Show More...
Over the past eight years, the EFM program has grown significantly, thanks in part to a more-structured format, targeted topics and a team of instructors that boasts more than 80 years of combined experience.

The course attended by today's facility maintenance managers and personnel is short in days and hours, but long in years. Offered as a complimentary course for PSFEI agency contract personnel or at a nominal fee for non-contract personnel, the EFM program provides an orderly progression of course topics on a three-year schedule to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of facility management personnel.

Hajduk awards Piontkowski
Carol Piontkowski, P.E., an environmental engineer consultant with the Department of Corrections, is among the 10 participants who received an award this year at PSFEI's Effective Facility Management course.
Track I, offered during the first year, is intended for the beginning facility or building manager and personnel that need to better understand facility infrastructure fundamentals. Track II, offered during the second year, introduces the facility or building manager to the fundamentals of management, communication, leadership and staff interaction. Track III, offered during the final year of the course, provides specific tools for facilities management including project and construction management fundamentals, project estimating, report writing basics and dealing with difficult personnel issues.

To earn an award plaque, attendees must complete all three tracks.

Educational Program Manager William Lash, P.E. said the three-year structure has been a key factor in the success of the program. "We've built this program by following a structure one would expect to see in a college or university setting," said Lash. "While the information presented in the course is intense, it is disseminated over a three-year period. By teaching the program this way, attendees are able to build upon skills and information gathered during each track, similar to how a college student would take an entry-level course, followed by an advanced-level course." Lash continued, "And, when our students are pleased with the outcome of their experiences, word spreads and our program grows."

Lash's statement is reinforced by numbers. Since the program's inception in 2009, nearly 60 contracted and non-contracted facility managers have completed the course, including 10, who completed the course late last week at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Carol Piontkowski, P.E., an environmental engineer consultant with the Department of Corrections, is among the 10 participants who received an award this year. Piontkowski said, "By attending the short course for the three-year cycle, I have gained and am still seeking ways to communicate effectively with the facility maintenance managers by understanding more of the technical aspects of the operating systems, and consequently an approach to solving problems related to those systems." She added, "The course also emphasizes the importance of maintaining a good rapport within your working environment. General morale, positive feedback and listening to the needs of others are key." Piontkowski would recommend the course to all facility maintenance managers and said, "I would suggest they take it to evaluate their role from the perspective of the instructor, and also to collaborate with their peers to confirm what historically works for effective facility management."

Facility personnel interested in attending the EFM course are encouraged to register early, as prospects frequently encounter a waitlist. Prospective attendees are advised to begin checking the PSFEI web site in March 2018, and watch their emails for registration information. Anyone with specific questions may also contact William Lash at wdl103@engr.psu.edu.

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute to take unique approach to Safety
May 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) is taking a unique approach to ensure the safety of its staff, both in the office and field, thanks to a program the institute recently launched. An expansion of the environmental, health and safety management system already in place at the university, the PSFEI approach will mitigate risks associated with traveling and while conducting highly variable and unique tasks at host clients' facilities.

The project, which addresses key safety risks and control methodologies including personal protective equipment, hazard communication in the field, hearing conservation and fall protection, among others, will be rolled out in three phases. Show More...
Phase one will focus on the identification of occupations within business groups. It will also assess current control methods and potential injuries, illnesses and environmental impact. During this phase, each PSFEI business group will participate in group interviews and discussions, peer reviews and validation site visits to ultimately complete a Health and Safety Hazard Identification and Assessment Survey. The survey will identify hazards based on potential to cause injury/illness (e.g., struck by, slip/trip/fall, and ergonomics), activities, tasks and potential exposures (e.g., hazardous chemicals, motorized vehicles and equipment), and stressors/complexities impacting the diagnosis of criteria such as absence of data, the need to rely on personal expertise, and differences of risk tolerance between individuals.

Phase two will identify, align and execute current university and PSFEI abatement efforts and loss control methodologies to establish, as needed, new efforts and methodologies.

Lastly, phase three will develop and execute strategies for sustainment.

PSFEI Director John Hajduk said, "Penn State has a program that is primarily focused on work being performed at University-owned and managed locations." He added, "PSFEI staff provides services at over 10,000 locations across the country. It's critical to understand the type of work and associated safety risks that our employees encounter at all the locations we serve." For Hajduk, employee safety extends beyond close of business each day. "It's important to educate and build a safety culture to make sure our employees go home to their families each and every day."

To ensure the program complements the existing Penn State safety program, Hajduk enlisted the expertise of Tom Churbock, partner at HSE Solutions, LLC, a health, safety and environmental consulting firm, and Joshua Troxell, a safety representative with Penn State's College of Engineering.

"Penn State has always taken the health and safety of our personnel very seriously," said Troxell. "However, due to the unique tasks and responsibilities PSFEI employees face, especially when in the field, we recognize the need to take extra steps to ensure that existing Penn State safety programs are adapted to meet their needs. Therefore, the college is working closely with PSFEI in this unique approach to meeting safety needs."

With more than 35 years of industry experience, Churbock believes programs like this are essential in the prevention of workplace accidents and injuries. According to Churbock, "Over the last few years, on average, approximately 2.9 million employees in the United States experienced and suffered from occupational injuries and illnesses that required medical treatment at a hospital, clinic or physician's office." For Churbock, a percentage of these injuries may have been avoided if a proper safety plan had been in place.

The approach PSFEI is taking is unique in that it is being developed organically and built on two key elements, leadership support and meaningful staff involvement. Churbock said, "With the strategic alignment of leadership from the College of Engineering, unconditional assistance and technical knowledge of the university's safety professionals and the wealth of existing programs, PSFEI staff will be lending their expertise, talent and past experiences during each phase of the project."

PSFEI plans to have the initiative fully integrated and in use by the end of the 2017 calendar year.

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (fei.psu.edu) provides facility engineering services to 11 Pennsylvania state agencies, the federal government and non-profit organizations. The organization aims to advance its customers' facilities engineering aspirations through applied research, education and innovation.
Scott McCall

Geoffrey "Scott" McCall earns Certified Educational Facilities Professional Credentials
May 22, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) proudly announces the certification of Geoffrey "Scott" McCall, P.E., C.E.M., electrical engineer for the institute. McCall was one of only a select few to pass the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) exam, recently held at University Park.

Sponsored by APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (formerly known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators) and Penn State's Office of Physical Plant, the CEFP is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field. CEFP training covers all aspects of the educational facilities industry, from planning, design and construction to daily maintenance and operation.

PSFEI Program Manager Robert Bruce, P.E., considers the CEFP credential an impressive accomplishment for McCall and said, "In his daily responsibilities, Scott provides medium voltage design and advisory services to the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) facilities. His knowledge of education facility operations and management is an important component of the services he provides." Bruce added, "The CEFP credential demonstrates this knowledge and competency requirement in order to adequately serve these PASSHE facilities."

The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute provides facility engineering services to 11 Pennsylvania state agencies, the federal government and non-profit organizations. The organization aims to advance its customers' facilities engineering aspirations through applied research, education and innovation.

APPA promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA provides members the opportunity to explore trends, issues and best practices in educational facilities through research, publications, professional development and credentialing. APPA is the association of choice for 5,200 educational facilities professionals at more than 1,500 learning institutions throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

Welcome New Summer Interns
May 12, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) today announces the appointment of four new interns – Jeremy Cummings, Jessica Serna, Jonathan Snowberger and Kathleen Witt, effective May–August 2017.


Reporting to Carey Ohl, mechanical engineer for PSFEI, Jeremy Cummings' responsibilities include inspecting the conditions of various aspects of PennDOT facilities, such as building envelope, electrical systems, environmental conditions, and structural components. Prior to joining PSFEI, Cummings held an internship with PennDOT Engineering District 4-0 in Dunmore, Pa., where he was responsible for inspecting and grading drainage, shoulders, and guiderails on state routes in the district. He also repaired and replaced segment signs for maintenance and construction crews. Cummings is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Penn State.

Reporting to Paul Meister, Jessica Serna and Jonathan Snowberger are assigned to work at Slippery Rock University. Serna's and Snowberger's responsibilities include using existing as-built engineering drawings and field observations to document critical facilities infrastructures for emergency management planning, gathering data to create a historic structures database, conducting interior area space surveys of the campus buildings, and other duties as assigned. Prior to joining PSFEI, Serna held positons with the College of Engineering's bridge programs, serving as a mentor and program assistant for incoming Penn State freshmen looking to pursue a degree in engineering. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State. Snowberger was previously employed by PennStress, where he coordinated quality control with building concrete pre-stressed bridge structures. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electro-mechanical engineering technology from Penn State.

Reporting to PSFEI project manager Greg Ruberto, Kathleen Witt is working with the facility assessment team on computer-aided drafting and design (CAD), construction plan reviews, and the development of building standards and square footage replacement cost values. Witt is a member of several engineering organizations, including the Student Society of Architectural Engineers, United States Green Building Council, and Bridges of Prosperity, through which she was part of a team that constructed a bridge in Panama during the summer of 2016. Witt is pursuing a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with a minor in French from Penn State.

As part of the Penn State mission, PSFEI regularly offers internship opportunities for engineering and information technology students. Interns generally work throughout the summer and occasionally through the fall and spring semesters. For more information about PSFEI internships and examples of work PSFEI interns have completed, visit http://fei.psu.edu/?q=home-internship.
KROC Augusta Front
The Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center in Augusta, Georgia. Courtesy of The Salvation Army

PSFEI announces partnership with The Salvation Army's Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers
April 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — The Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) today announced its partnership with the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, an extension of The Salvation Army, which provide underserved communities family-friendly options for indoor and outdoor recreation, health and fitness, performing arts, after-school programs and more.

Following a very successful regional pilot program, held late last month in the Kroc Centers' Southern Territory, PSFEI and Salvation Army leadership are considering opportunities to offer additional training in the near future. Designed for facility maintenance technicians, supervisors and property managers, the three-day pilot course, held outside of Atlanta, focused on facilities management topics including power systems, building envelope, HVAC, plumbing and potable water, fire systems and energy management (procurement and demand reduction/management).

"The PSFEI team is able to provide the programs and personalities that are a really good fit for our facilities operations," said Ross Wheeler, capital renewal plan manager for The Salvation Army. Identifying key components of the program including electrical hazards, safety and maintenance, Wheeler added, "The benefits of this program are going to be exponential and not only affect the Kroc Centers, but all Salvation Army properties in the Southern Territory including homeless shelters, worship and community centers, family stores, camp facilities and many more."



PSFEI Director John Hajduk played a pivotal role in negotiating the deal and looks forward to future endeavors with The Salvation Army. "It's just a really good thing to be part of a story that affects the lives of so many people," said Hajduk. "The opportunities the Kroc Centers bring to these communities across the country are pretty impressive. And, it is humbling to know our staff here at PSFEI is able to use our expertise to help make such important community centers safer and more efficient."

For more information about the Ray & Joan Corps Community Centers, visit www.kroccenter.org.
Diane Haldeman

Welcome New Programmer/Analyst to PSFEI
April 6, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) today announces the appointment of Diane Haldeman, senior programmer/analyst, effective April 10, 2017. Reporting to Sophia Mazurczyk, IT manager for PSFEI, Haldeman will work with PSFEI's energy team on the Energy Risk Management Application (ERMA). This is Haldeman's second appointment with PSFEI. Her previous PSFEI role also included work with the energy team. Prior to joining Penn State, Haldeman held positions at Raytheon and SRI International, where she primarily developed software for national defense systems. Haldeman graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

Welcome New Staff Members to PSFEI

Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) is pleased to announce the recent hire of Danica Laub and Jason Rivera Yanes.

Danica Laub

Danica Laub, Communications Strategist

Danica joined the Penn State College of Engineering on January 23. Reporting to John Hajduk and JoAnn Gillette, as well as Dana Marsh, director of communications for the College, Danica oversees all marketing, public relations and communications for PSFEI and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI). Prior to joining Penn State, Danica held various roles in the automotive and healthcare industries. Her experience includes product and corporate PR for Mazda North American Operations, Hyundai Motor America and Motor Trend Auto Shows. Most recently, she served as practice manager for Southern Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Institute in Franklin, TN. Danica graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

James Rivera Yanes

Jason Rivera Yanes, Student Intern

Jason Yanes joined PSFEI January 9. Reporting to Carey Ohl, Jason will be with PSFEI through the end of the Spring 2017 semester. His primary responsibility is working with PennDOT to conduct stockpile assessments. Prior to joining PSFEI, Jason interned with ArcelorMittal, where he developed a new data collection and organization method for steel roller temperature and crown, created evaluation standards for steel coils, and troubleshot a steel coiler execution flaw. Jason is looking forward to gaining real-world experience during his time with PSFEI. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Penn State Smeal College of Business certificate.
John Hajduk to head PSFEI

John Hajduk to head Penn State's Facilities Engineering Institute
March 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Effective March 1, 2017, John Hajduk, MBA, will assume the role of director of Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI). Former associate director of PSFEI, Hajduk succeeds Jim Myers, who retired February 28.

During his tenure at PSFEI, Hajduk's primary areas of expertise have been facilities management at the enterprise level and technical electrical engineering in power systems and controls. Additionally, he has overseen all personnel and provided support in all aspects of PSFEI business.

"Over the past few years, it has been a pleasure to work with John," said Myers. "His fresh ideas and expertise have been instrumental in forging partnerships and developing new initiatives. John has accomplished some great things for our clients and team," continued Myers. "He's played a pivotal role in expanding our educational, energy and engineering support services, all of which I expect will experience significant growth with him at the helm."

Reporting to Anthony Atchley, senior associate dean in the College of Engineering, Hajduk will be tasked to build sustainable growth in the pillar areas of energy, education, engineering services and facility condition assessments. "During the search, John's application clearly stood out," said Atchley. "His previous corporate experience, his excellent record as associate director and his forward-thinking attitude will help write the next chapter for PSFEI."

Prior to joining PSFEI in 2013, Hajduk managed real estate and facilities for Westinghouse Electric Company across North America, including more than seven million square feet of space with an annual budget of over $100 million dollars. In addition, he has experience in maintenance and engineering within the heavy manufacturing sector. Hajduk received his B.S. in Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from Saint Francis University.
Jim Myers to retire as director

Jim Myers to retire as director of Penn State's Facilities Engineering Institute
January 9, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Following a career spanning more than three decades with the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (FEI), Jim Myers has announced his retirement, effective Feb. 28.

"Under Jim's leadership, FEI has grown to become an important asset to not only the College of Engineering but to the University as a whole," said Anthony Atchley, senior associate dean in the College of Engineering. "State agencies hold FEI in high regard and rely upon it for the first-class services they provide. Jim has expanded the FEI's reach beyond Pennsylvania's borders and it now extends nationwide. He has been a highly effective leader, an unparalleled advocate, and an exceptional colleague who has set the course for FEI for many years to come."

Prior to joining FEI in 1985, Myers worked as an engineer at Greeley and Hansen, a consulting engineering firm in Chicago, Illinois, and as a project manager at United Conveyor Corporation, a global leader in helping to improve plant performance.

Myers began his career at FEI as a mechanical engineer specializing in central plants. For almost 10 years, he was responsible for assisting with operations and maintenance of central boiler plants at prisons, hospitals and universities across Pennsylvania.

In January 1995, Myers was named director of FEI and helped to develop a new strategic plan that focused on improving customer service and enhancing the institute's education and advisory services.

Under Myers' leadership, the institute added multiple Pennsylvania state customers to its portfolio, including the Historical Museum Commission, Department of General Services, Liquor Control Board, Department of Transportation, and Turnpike Commission, and partnered with the United States General Service Administration to offer facilities infrastructure and high-performance building training.

In addition to doubling FEI's client base, Myers helped increase the organization's staff from six employees to more than 30, and its annual revenue from $480,000 to more than $5 million.

"I never imagined that FEI would grow this much, but we did it one step at a time," said Myers. "There have been some ups and downs along the way, but the strength of my colleagues helped bring it all together."

Throughout Myers' tenure, FEI received multiple awards and honors for its services. The National Association of State Facilities Administrators and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognized FEI for its energy procurement efforts. In 2010, the institute was named a TechQuest Pennsylvania (now Technology Council of Pennsylvania) Technology Company of the Year finalist. The Pennsylvania Facilities Managers Association selected FEI and Myers for its Outstanding Achievement Award in 1997 and 1990, respectively.

John Hajduk, associate director of FEI, was selected as Myers' successor, following a competitive national search. He will assume his new role March 1.

"This is an exciting time for the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute," said Myers. "We are developing some new initiatives and forging additional partnerships, and John has been instrumental throughout the process. I think the future is very bright."
Welcome Kevin Dean

Welcome New Staff Member to PSFEI

Kevin Dean joined PSFEI in November 2016. He will provide energy procurement services to Pennsylvania agencies as an Energy Management Consultant. Kevin graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Energy Business and Finance. He previously worked at McNees Wallace and Nurick as an Energy Specialist assisting commercial and industrial clients.

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Welcome Jeff Taylor

Welcome New Staff Member to PSFEI

PSFEI is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jeff Taylor who will support our IT Team with development and maintenance of an enterprise-wide, web-based energy information system to support our Commonwealth customers. Jeff has an associate's degree in Electronics Technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. Jeff previously worked as a Software Engineer at Minitab and has 16 years of software development experience.
Welcome Mike Fisher

Welcome New Staff Member to PSFEI

Mike Fisher will provide services to General Services Administration (GSA) employees regarding facilities management, maintenance, and operations as a Facilities Engineering Instructor. Mike graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Previously, he worked at Avery Dennison as Maintenance Manager, specializing in both facility and asset reliability.

Millions Saved for Commonwealth Facilities!
January 5, 2016

PSFEI, under the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services' Bureau of Procurement and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education's Office of the Chancellor, managed to save Commonwealth customers over $16 million in annual avoided utility costs during the first half of fiscal year 2015–2016 (June to December 2015). Procurement activities for electricity and natural gas were administered through a web-based energy risk management application (ERMA) developed by PSFEI. ERMA empowers users to make energy price risk management decisions quickly by comparing and contrasting multiple pricing strategies of varying term lengths at a glance. Over 2,300 electric accounts and 40 natural gas accounts were awarded resulting in annual projected avoided costs of $13.4 million for electricity and $2.7 million for natural gas when compared to the utility-issued price-to-compare.
Welcome Art, Brian, and Erik

Welcome New Staff Members to PSFEI

PSFEI is pleased to announce its recent hire of Art Dawes, Brian Johnson, and Erik Sohn who will provide a variety of services to our Commonwealth customers. Show More...
Art Dawes will provide services to the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission as a Building Environmental Systems Specialist. Art previously worked at University Park's Penn State Office of Physical Plant (OPP) as a Direct Digital Control Specialist V. He graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Building Automation Technology and an associate's degree in Electromechanical Maintenance Technology.

Brian Johnson will provide services to Departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Human Services, Labor and Industry, and Military and Veterans Affairs as an Electrical Field Engineer. Brian graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He previously worked at Emerson Network Power in Lexington Kentucky and served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician and instructor at the MARF Nuclear Power Plant in New York.

Erik Sohn will provide structural engineering services to the Departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Human Services, Labor and Industry, and Military and Veterans Affairs. Erik graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering with Structural Emphasis and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. He previously worked at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. in Virginia and has extensive experience in forensic engineering and condition assessments.

We are pleased to have Art, Brian, and Erik join the PSFEI team!

PSFEI Approved for Broker/Marketer Licenses by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
August 2015


PSFEI, in partnership with the Department of General Services, has assisted the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the procurement of electricity and natural gas for over 10 years. PSFEI's role in procuring these utilities has significantly increased in the past several years. That increased involvement resulted in PSFEI applying and being approved for Electricity and Natural Gas Broker/Marker Licenses by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in August 2015. These licenses will enable PSFEI to continue to support DGS and the Commonwealth in procuring over 250 million dollars of electricity and natural gas annually.
Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineer Class at Beaver Stadium
The class on tour at Beaver Stadium.

Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineer
July 2015

2015 Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineers a Success!


The two-day course, Facility Topics for Today's Professional Engineer, presented on July 22 and 23, 2015, 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 facility disaster preparedness. Participants earned 16 professional development hours and enjoyed a tour of Beaver Stadium hosted by Brad (Spider) Caldwell. If you would like to receive information or have suggestions for future topics, please contact PSFEI.
HVAC Technical Conference Class
Over 35 people attended the PSFEI's 2015 HVAC Technical Conference.

Four Short Courses held by PSFEI during 2015 at the Ramada Conference Center, State College, PA

PSFEI held four short courses from May to July 2015. 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. Show More...
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 Heat and Power 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 Beaver Stadium.

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's course was Year 1, Facility Infrastructure Fundamentals, which provided an overview of building systems fundamentals. Since the inception of the program in 2009, over 40 people have 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 University Park's West Campus Chiller Plant.

For more information on any of these courses, please contact PSFEI.
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 A. Zerbe, 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.

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. Show More...
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. Show More...
Electrical Course
2014 Electrical Class.
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.

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.

HVAC Course
2014 HVAC Class.
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

05/29/2014

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

03/26/2014

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.
Energy Team

DGS Natural Gas RFQ Released

03/21/2014

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.
Eric Barron

Penn State names Eric J. Barron president

02/17/2014

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 exas-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

01/06/2014

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

10/23/2013

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

10/07/2013

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."

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PSFEI Serves all of Pennsylvania

09/05/2013

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!

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COSTARS

COSTARS Thank you for your interest in COSTARS Electricity Procurement Services, brought to you by Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute (PSFEI) and the Pennsylvania Department of General Services Bureau of Procurement (DGS-BOP).

For more information about the program, click here.

Participating COSTARS members:

To enroll in the program, click here and download the form, then follow the instructions.

To provide the required 12 months of utility account billing and usage information, download the PSFEI-supplied template here.

If you are not currently a COSTARS member, you will first need to register.