IAC Directors' Meeting Acknowledges Program Successes and Outstanding Awards
August 11, 2006
The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Program Directors' meeting convened on July 31-August 1, 2006, at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. to review current activities and look ahead to the coming year. Directors also presented case studies on a variety of technical topics. A highlight of the meeting was the presentation of two awards of distinction: the Center of Excellence Award to North Carolina State University; and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Lawrence L. Ambs of University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The Center of Excellence Award was presented to North Carolina State University IAC Director and staff for exceptional performance. This annual award recognizes one Center each year for outstanding contributions to industry energy efficiency.
The IAC Program also honored Dr. Lawrence Ambs for his long and distinguished contribution to the Program by presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Ambs has served as an IAC Director at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 1983, and prior to that was involved with both industrial and commercial energy conservation for 5 years. He was instrumental in developing the first ITP-supported software tool, 3E Plus, which evaluates thermal insulation applications. Under Dr. Ambs' leadership, the University of Massachusetts' IAC is well known and respected within the industrial community in the Northeast.
Dr. Ambs is grateful for the students he has worked with throughout the years. "Over the years I have been privileged to work with and support over 30 graduate students within the IAC at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Most of them entered the energy field professionally after graduation with some advancing to the point where they have established their own companies. The thesis' they have produced have allowed me to explore a number of different energy topics such as variable speed drives in industrial applications, chilled water systems, grid electrical generation and pricing and combined heat and power applications. Working with students and the many colleagues I have become acquainted with through this program has given me great satisfaction and has enabled me to have a very fulfilling career."
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