Mike Hart and I first worked together in 1975. He was finishing his MSME and I was finishing my BSME (we’re the same age but let’s just say he was a better student than I was until I married my wife). We led a team of approximately 10 people that summer to build a solar-powered air conditioning system for a national alternative energy competition at Sandia National Labs (who knew that Sandia would become such a great client 30 years later!). We won our category and developed a life-long friendship.
After I finished school I spent eight years in the shipbuilding industry in Orange, TX. I designed the mechanical and electrical systems for offshore drilling and workover rigs – pumps and piping systems up to 10,000 psi, and power systems from the big diesel-generators to SCRs for DC power for the big 1000HP drilling motors. Ironically, I never did any HVAC design. Mike and I kept in touch over the years, so when the offshore oil patch tanked in the early ‘80’s I called Mike to see if he might have a place for me. I joined EEA in February 1984.
After joining EEA I became immersed in HVAC design and energy conservation analysis. This led to upgrading millions of square feet at The University of Texas at Austin. My focus over the past 25 years has been in institutional and industrial facilities. Today I have a Servant Role at EEA – training, mentoring, problem-solving, encouraging. I am very proud of EEA and our team members past and present, and appreciate the great personal relationships that I have enjoyed with clients over the many years.
Fritz joined Energy Engineering Associates, Inc. in 1984 as the company’s 15th employee.