During Graduate School, I led a team of Engineers in the design and build of a solar powered air conditioning system using desiccant technology. Upon graduating, I managed the Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program for the State of Texas Energy Office. I’ve always been passionate about energy conservation and I realized I wanted to take that passion and start my own business. I joined with three of my favorite Graduate School Professors (Philip S. Schmidt, Gary C. Vliet, Jerold W. Jones) to create Energy Engineering Associates, Inc. in 1977. Our first project was helping to plan the technical aspects of the 1977 Texas State Energy Plan.
What really launched the firm was our work with Southwestern Bell’s Building Energy Management Retrofit program in 1978. Our work provided a 54% savings with a 6 month payback. Following that success, I was invited by the Department of Energy to provide training for their Institutional Conservation Program, working with schools and hospitals across the county identifying energy retrofit projects. We helped building Owners and Engineers participate in the Federal grant matching program. We worked with a variety of clients, most notable The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. Our success in helping clients save energy resulted in EEA being invited to help solve other issues and design new buildings.
What excites me most is creative problem solving – when people say it can’t be done. I thrive on finding the solution that hasn’t been done before. With existing buildings representing 50% of the firm’s work, we are used to getting dirty, taking measurements, troubleshooting what’s really going on and finding the fix that costs much less than anticipated.
As a building owner and real estate developer himself, Mike provides empathy and unique insight.