Bill Burns is a senior engineer with ComEd. He has over 25 years of experience in the design, operation and maintenance of HVAC systems. Mr. Burns has spent the last 12 years evaluating, developing and installing energy efficiency projects in the Chicago area with an increasing focus on system operations. Since 2003, he has commissioned or managed the commisioning of more that 100 DDC systems replacements and is a member of the Chicago Public Schools MEP sub committee. His work on the committee included the development of DDC mechanical standards including control sequences, specifications and details. Mr. Burns received a B.S. in Economics from St. Johns University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, an accredited LEED professional and a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He also served on the State of Illinois’s Healthy, High Performing Schools Task Force that developed the “Illinois Resource Guide for Healthy, High Performing School Buildings.” Mr. Burns teaches BOC 103, 203 & 204 in Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri.
List of Instructors
BOC Instructors are industry experts with employment experience in their area of instruction and an average of 10 years teaching experience. Below is a sample of the Midwest BOC Instructors. If you are interested in joining this respected group, click here to view Instructor qualifications and how to apply.
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Salvatore Cali is a researcher and adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has 22 years experience in exposure assessments and research involving indoor air quality, infection control, healthy homes, ambient air and water quality, and hazardous substances. He teaches academic, continuing education, and workforce development courses and coordinates research projects. His education includes a Masters degree in public health, and he is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Mr. Cali’s current research interests include weatherization in homes, infection control in health care settings, and water quality.
Mr. Kogut, of Kenneth J. Kogut & Associates, maintains a professional energy and management consulting practice serving clients in the commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental sectors. Through the efforts of Mr. Kogut, his organization, established in l979, has provided professional energy consulting services in the areas of energy audits and the development and implementation of energy management programs, systems, and environmental endeavors, for his organization's clientele. Mr. Kogut has been actively involved in the energy field in the capacities of designing, developing, managing, and implementing energy management programs, building energy systems, energy conservation projects, and environmental programs for over thirty-three years, and has been involved with various matching energy grant programs for schools and hospitals, since 1979. Mr. Kogut has also been involved with direct electric and gas energy purchase reviews, since the inception of deregulation of the gas and electric industries. Mr. Kogut has accomplished energy reviews and assessments for the organization's clientele across the North American continent, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Mr. Kogut was also involved in the development of one of the first electric rate structures for the eastern part of Saudi Arabia. He additionally has consulted to various electric and gas utilities in aspects of utility operations, and, as a consulting engineer, was responsible for technological forecasting and development of electric usage rate structures, and feasibility studies associated with the state-of-the-art and advanced energy systems for the electric utility industry. Mr. Kogut has published a number of papers on the subject of energy, is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the States of Illinois, Indiana, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Green Building Engineer (GBE), and a Certified Sustainable Design Professional (CSDP). He is a current certified instructor with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), and is certified in teaching several 100, 200, and 1000 level courses. He has taught MEEA courses in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and scheduled for Wisconsin. He presently holds active memberships, and leadership roles, in various professional energy and engineering societies, including the Association of Energy Engineers (past International President – 1998), and the Nation and Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Kogut is also currently listed in several Who’ Who references. He is a recipient of the President's Award for Energy Efficiency from The President's Council for Energy Efficiency. In 2002, Mr. Kogut was inducted into the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Energy Managers= Hall of Fame. Mr. Kogut holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (BME) and a Master of Engineering (ME) degree from the University of Detroit, and a Ph.D. from Lacrosse University in Engineering Management. In addition, he also was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow while at the University of Detroit.
Michael Kuk is a commissioning services provider and energy efficiency engineer with CERx Solutions LLC, a company he founded in 2013. He has 22 years’ experience on a wide range of projects providing building system optimization services. He has successfully commissioned over 70 new and existing buildings, and performed energy optimization studies on hundreds more. He has worked on over 60 LEED projects ranging from Certified to Platinum. Mr. Kuk received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a minor in Technical Communications. Michael is an ASHRAE Certified Commissioning Process Management Provider (CPMP) and a Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA). As an ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) and Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMP) he has the proven ability and experience of providing comprehensive operations and maintenance cost reduction solutions to building owners. Prior to forming his own commissioning and energy solutions company he worked for 8 years at an energy services consulting firm where as Technical Director he lead the Energy Efficiency Team and formed and led the New Building Commissioning and Existing Building Retro-Commissioning teams. For 14 years prior, Michael served Exelon Corporation at multiple positions in the Fortune 200 energy company’s marketing and technical services departments providing energy consulting, commissioning, and energy efficiency services to commercial and industrial clients. Michael is a 27 year veteran of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, where he is an Operations Officer in a hazardous response search and rescue team. Mr. Kuk teaches BOC 1004, 1006, 203, 204 in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Dave A. Pearson is a mechanical engineer with IEFM Consulting Engineers, a company he founded in 1992. He has extensive work experience providing mechanical, electrical, and energy conservation services for educational, commercial, and institutional projects for over 25 years. Mr. Pearson received his B.A. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the Association of Professional Energy Consultants (APEC), and the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency (IAEE). Mr. Pearson has been a seminar presenter for a number of energy-related topics as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois School of Architecture. He teaches BOC 101, 102, 103, and 201 in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.
Chris Philbrick is a senior engineer at ComEd and has 15 years of experience in the design operation and maintenance of HVAC systems. His expertise includes the commissioning of HVAC control systems and building energy analysis. He has spent the last seven years providing commissioning in the Chicago area. Activities include the commissioning on several LEED projects including: the Pharmacia “Q” Building, The Chicago Marine Safety Station, Exelon Headquarters, ShoreBank Branch Office, and the Chicago Public School’s Tarkington Elementary School and Albany Park Middle School. He also plays an advisory role on the task force that develops the Direct Digital Control Standards for the Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Philbrick received both a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University Illinois at Chicago. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, a City of Chicago Registered Energy Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional and is the past Chapter Chairman of the Chicago Chapter of the USGBC as well as an active member. Mr. Philbrick teaches BOC 102 “Energy Conservation Techniques”, 204, “HVAC Controls and Optimization” and 214, “ Introduction to Building Commissioning” in Illinois.
Mike Hader retired as a Commander from the US Navy in 2009. He started his naval career as a submarine nuclear trained Machinist Mate and gained over 31 years of extensive experience in the operation, maintenance and quality assurance of nuclear power plants and the training of nuclear power operators. Among his many tours he was Director of Nuclear Field “A” School the Navy’s most technically demanding engineering “A” school. Here he was responsible for the training of Sailors in the fundamentals of their engineering rate. He is currently employed by Johnson Controls as the Senior Operations Manager for BNSF Railway’s Critical Facilities across the country. Here he is responsible for all facets of the facilities operations and maintenance. Mike has a BS in nuclear technology and a Masters Degree in education.
Von Kopfman, Has taught the following B.O.C. classes for the past 5 years, I.E.Q., Sustainable Practices for Buildings, Energy Conservation, and H.V.A.C. Systems and Controls. Von holds a Master Mechanical License, is a Level 1 Thermographer, and is a RESNET Energy Rater.
He is the co-owner of Blue Dot Services in Topeka Kansas which performs residential and commercial H.V.A.C. and Plumbing services in Topeka and N.E. Kansas, and is the President of I.A.Q. Solutions which perfoms larger building energy audits. Some notable buildings Kopfman has tested includes, Kansas University's Allen Field House, Kansas State University's Bramledge Colliseum, O.U.'s Lloyd Noble Center, Boulder Colorado Public Housing, University of Minnesota Wedum Center, Kansas City Mo. Convention Center, Olive Garden, Timberline Steakhouse, Perkins, Wendys, among others. Von has been featured in The H.V.A.C News and has been a featured speaker at the Kansas Health Homes Conference, and The Maytag National Convention. He also founded www.forthesurvivors.org a resource based website for parents who have lost a child, after his son Jacob was killed in a work related accident. Von's book called "The Letters Project" is available at Barnes and Noble and www.thelettersprojectbook.org.
Mark Allen is a Principal at DNV KEMA, where he works on rebate programs for utility clients in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. Previously he served as Site Operations Manager for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI for seven years, managing site services including utility distribution, maintenance, power quality, energy conservation, power distribution, compressed air systems, water, steam, and utility company interface for individual Ford Motor Company Plants and buildings. Other past work experience includes serving as Facilitator of Projects for Detroit Edison and Instructor/Program Chairman of Electronics and Automated Manufacturing Technology for Indiana Vocational Technical College. Mr. Allen holds an MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, a B.S. in Electronic Technology/Computer Technology from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, and is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Power Quality Professional and Certified Sustainable Development Professional.
Sam Pobst is the founder of Eco Metrics LLC a national consulting firm specializing in LEED for Existing Buildings. He has a B.S. degree in Construction Management from Michigan State University and over thirty-five years of construction experience in a broad spectrum of projects including residential, restaurant, retail, office, historic, school, medical, laboratory, warehouse, water treatment, and wastewater treatment projects.
Sam is a LEED AP with accreditation in O+M, BD+C, ID+C, and Homes, and is a member of the USGBC Faculty™. He has assisted in the certification of nearly half of the LEED for Existing Building projects in the state of Michigan, and has direct experience in over 25 LEED projects including the first LEED Platinum building and the first LEED EB building in the state.
Sam was a founding member of the USGBC West Michigan Chapter and served two terms as Chair. He served three years as a member of the USGBC National Chapter Steering Committee. He is the co-author of “Green Buildings of West Michigan”, and author of “Green Buildings of West Michigan, A Post Occupancy Case Study”. He has written numerous articles on sustainability, and has developed over 20 continuing education credit units for the USGBC.
Ms. Ellis is a nationally recognized leader in the building commissioning industry. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in 13 states, she is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds commissioning certifications from ASHRAE, the Building Commissioning Association, and the AABC Commissioning Group. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Minnesota, respectively.
Ms. Ellis has over 25 years of experience engineering and managing a variety of HVAC system projects. Ms. Ellis is a specialist in the design, analysis, and commissioning of intricate temperature and humidity control systems with a particular strength in direct digital controls. She has helped define mainstream commissioning services and has written a monthly column about commissioning for Engineered Systems magazine for more than thirteen years.
Bruce Huffer is a facilities consultant with The Institute for Environmental Assessment (IEA) where he provides facility solutions in the areas of systems, construction, management, and environmental initiatives. Bruce has a background in facilities management, water treatment, construction issues and schools. Bruce has B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from St. Cloud State University, is a LEED AP and has been certified in several other environmental areas. He teaches BOC 106 in Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. He is slated to teach our new BOC 105 operation & maintenance practices for sustainable buildings. Mr. Huffer also conducts a 30 hour class on steam engineering at a southern MN technical college
Dean Laube is the Regional Director of Energy Efficiency Programs at Franklin Energy.
2001 to present: Primary activities include energy efficiency program design and management, energy consulting for commercial and industrial customers, professional trainer for multiple energy efficiency workshops including energy management and energy efficient operations and maintenance.
Work experience: 16 years working in the energy industry, Account Representative Johnson Controls, Program Manager Northern States Power Company, Facilities Consultant CESA 10, Facilities Department IBM and Weyerhaeuser Lumber companies
Certifications: Certified Energy Manager, Certified Building Operator Instructor, Certified EnVinta One-2-Five Energy Facilitator
Member: Association of Facility Engineers, Association of Energy Engineers
Personal: Married with three boys ages 8, 10, & 12. Hobbies: Outdoor Activities, Coaching, Strength and Conditioning Trainer
Mike is the lead HVAC instructor at Northwest Technical College’s Sustainable Energy Center in Bemidji, MN. He has a Bachelors degree in Industrial Technology and owned and operated a mid-sized HVAC company for 6 years. Prior to this Mr. Norden was a Facility Supervisor for many years and a systems analyst in the USAF. Mike has extensive experience in the HVAC, maintenance, energy management, and sustainable/renewable energy fields. Mr. Norden also holds a Boiler operator’s license and a Power limited electrical license. He has taught most of the 100 and 200 series BOC classes and also BOC 1006.
Richard Albrecht is president of Facility Condition Management, a company founded in 1997 to offer computerized Preventive Maintenance services to specialty organizations. He has worked in facility services in Private Banking, Healthcare, Communications and the Manufacturing industries. Prior to Facility Services, he worked in the electronics field in consumer electronics, laboratory equipment manufacturing, automotive testing products and Biomedical Engineering. He holds a B.S. degree and is a Certified Plant Engineer. His teaching background has included electronics, computer principles and computer programming. He is certified to teach BOC-101, BOC-102, BOC-103, BOC-104, BOC-105, BOC-106, BOC-107, BOC-201, BOC-203, BOC-204, BOC-211 and BOC-214 in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas.
Mr. Murphy is a Research Associate with Washington University in St. Louis. He has over 20 years experience in energy and environmental project development, management and execution. He was worked with a variety of commercial and industrial clients on energy efficiency and environmental compliance. Prior to working at Washington University, he was an energy engineer with a St. Louis-area mechanical contractor managing energy efficiency projects. In addition, he spent nearly 10 years working for the Electric Power Research Institute where he assisted electric utility staff in addressing the energy and process needs of their industrial customers. Mr. Murphy received a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a professional engineering in Missouri and a Certified Energy Manager. He teaches BOC 101, 102, 105, and 211 in Missouri and Kansas.
Dave Steimel has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). He has served as a power plant performance engineer, key account executive, and energy efficiency expert for Ameren, a large Midwest utility. He was responsible for educating their customers and business community on energy issues and electric rates, and methods to recognize and initiate projects to conserve energy, reduce pollution, and lower their bottom-line cost. He has served as an energy consultant and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Energy Consultants (APEC) and the Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA) to assist in developing effective energy strategies. Dave teaches BOC 101, 102, and 104 Missouri and Illinois.
Jeff Bates is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Environmental Science, Safety & Health program at Columbus State Community College. He teaches a variety of environmental science and OSHA courses. He formerly worked as an environmental consultant, primarily as a hydrogeologist. Jeff has provided training for both the private and public sectors in topics such as environmental site assessments, asbestos, mold, lead, underground storage tanks, and various OSHA classes. Jeff received his B.A. from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), his M.S. from Bowling Green State University, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, all in geology. He is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education. Dr. Bates teaches BOC 1008.
Dean M. Bortz, CSI, CDT is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Construction Management program at Columbus State Community College. He instructs a variety of construction management courses, OSHA 10- and 30-hour Construction Safety and Health certifications, and engineering courses. Over the past 40 years, he has worked as a plant manager for a multinational pharmaceutical company, an application engineer for a multinational power transmission component company, and a manufacturer’s representative and sub-contractor for various construction products and services. Dean received is AAS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbus State Community College, his B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Lake Forest College, and his MA from Ohio State University in Math, Science and Technology Education. He is a member of several professional and honors organizations, and coordinates the Facilities Energy Conservation Management certificate program. Dean primarily instructs BOC 105.
John Fetters is an electrical engineer with a special expertise in energy-effective lighting and is owner of Effective Lighting Solutions in Columbus, Ohio, which provides lighting consulting, design, and training services. John is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and serves on the IESNA “Visual Effects of Lamp Spectral Distribution” and the Industrial Lighting Committee. He has lectured and is widely published in the lighting field, having published over 150 technical articles. John is an accomplished speaker, presenting seminars and technical sessions at major conferences. He has developed and taught AEE lighting seminars since 1989. He is a regular guest lecturer for the University of Wisconsin, teaching the lighting section of “Fundamentals of Energy Audits" EPD course. He is a senior member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and currently chairs the Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional board. John was distinguished with the AEE Energy Professional Development award in 1993 and was inducted into the AEE Hall of Fame in 1998. He teaches BOC 104 and BOC 202 in Ohio.
Thomas Hand is a certified facility manager and a University of Dayton graduate, earning his B.A. in Communications. He spent most of his career with the City of Dayton in facility, retiring in 2001. He was with the Dayton Fire Department (DFD) as the civilian manager for fire facilities. In 1988, he was selected by the City and the University of Dayton as an Urban Fellow to study facility management in 24 U.S. cities. In 1991, he was selected for the City Managers Leadership program. In 1996, he was selected to manage Support Services for the DFD. In 1999, he was selected to chair the City Quality Service Team. In 2001, he joined CJ High School to create the Department of Facility and Fleet. In 2003, he left CJ to focus on consulting and research and lecture on Leadership, Succession Planning and Professional Development. He wrote “Managing Facilities” for the Dayton Business Journal from 2001 to 2003. In 2003, he won the International Facility Management Association Award of Excellence for his article, “Inside the Den of the Smoke Eaters”.
Craig Kasper creates alternative and renewable energy opportunities in the public and private sectors; identifies, designs and implements energy efficiency improvements for commercial and industrial customers; and works with electric utilities on various infrastructure upgrades. Craig founded K&H Energy Services (K&H) in May 1999 to help industrial customers maintain a competitive position in their market place by identifying and acting upon energy efficiency opportunities. K&H has operated as a division of Hull since 2005 and became a fully-integrated brand of Hull in 2009, continuing to offer the same quality electrical engineering, control systems automation and electrical safety services, as well as development of alternative and renewable energy projects. Craig spent over 38 years with Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., Centerior Energy Co. and FirstEnergy Co. in both supervisory and executive management positions in field operations and corporate engineering. (FirstEnergy is an investor-owned electric utility holding company serving 4.0 million electric customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.) Before he retired from FirstEnergy, he was responsible for construction, operation and maintenance of large power substations, both company-owned and customer-owned. He also served as Director of Transmission, Distribution and Fossil Plant Engineering for Centerior Energy Service Company. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and a Master of Business Administration from Kent State University.
Upon graduating from Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, I joined Johnson Controls in Dayton, Ohio, eventually becoming the Service sales manager for the Dayton office—where Commissioning, at that time, was called “making systems work.!”
In the middle 80’s I changed direction and joined a small design-engineering firm that emphasized design of Automatic Temperature Control systems along with the normal MEP design. In the early 90’s that firm began to enter into Commissioning, as the company’s services were expanded to meet a growing need in the construction industry.
In the late 90’s I joined a mechanical contracting / design-engineering firm. This firm also had Commissioning as one of their disciplines, and we used Commissioning to support the installation / construction side of the business. Working as a design engineer and PM for construction projects I gained experience on several disciplines in the construction industry—i.e. design, construction/contracting, equipment sales.
In 2003 I joined Heapy Engineering, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with offices in Columbus, Ohio, as well as Indianapolis and Lawrenceburg, Indiana. As a Commissioning Project Manager for Heapy Engineering I helped grow Heapy’s expanding Commissioning department.
I am presently a member of the Dayton ASHRAE Board of Governors. I also joined the BCA (Building Commissioning Association) in 2005, and after serving as the President of the Central Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association in 2008, I became a member of the regional Board of the BCA International organization for one year.
Since the early 1980’s I have been on several Advisory Boards for Sinclair Community College—a local Community college. I also taught several HVAC classes for them also.
In 2011 I changed my work status to ‘part time,’ and continue to work for Heapy Engineering in the Commissioning field.
Richard Wirtz (Professor Emeritus) has been a department coordinator/lead instructor for Heating, Ventilating Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology in the Construction Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) since 1985. He retired from CSCC to take the position of Associate Director of Education for Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) in Columbus, Ohio. He has extensive work experience in the HVAC industry and holds certification from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), National Balancing Institute (NBI), North American Technicians Excellence and HVAC Excellence. Richard is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and holds CMS status from the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES). He teaches BOC 101, 102, 103, and 107 in Ohio.
Mr. Wilinski is a consulting engineer and educator specializing in facilities and energy management. Projects include teaching for Focus On energy’s Building Operator Certification Program and Practical Energy Management (CPEM), development and up keep of calculation spreadsheets for CPEM, energy auditing, M&V of utility incentive programs, study of air conditioning compressors in a utility interrupt pilot, and energy tracking. In addition to running the consulting firm, he is teaching at Milwaukee Area Technical College and for Focus On Energy.
His career has been focused on energy. College course work centered on the thermal sciences and energy while working as a student on coal and garbage burning projects, the State of Wisconsin Solar Rebate Program of the late 1970's, and in the Institutional Conservation Program (the prelude to the WEI-2 program). Since graduating with a MSME degree in 1984, Ted has worked for a major Wisconsin utility (Wisconsin Power and Light) and two consulting firms, one of which was the in-house consultant to Wisconsin Electrics' "Smart Money" program (a demand management program for a major Wisconsin utility) of the late 1980's, before starting Wilinski Associates, Inc., June of 1990.
Wilinski Associates Inc. is very active in Wisconsin's energy conservation industry. Work has included assisting a number of state utilities with implementing portions of their conservation programs, following up with other utilities to verify conservation work done by them, and working closely with schools to assist with any and all facilities needs. Areas covered are: Energy Management, Energy Tracking, Capital Planning, Commissioning, Project Coordination, Expert Witness, Indoor Air Quality, Maintenance Management Programs, and HVAC Trouble Shooting.