I2SL Distinguished Speakers

I2SL HQ has compiled the list below of informative, engaging speakers in the I2SL Community from which chapters can choose a speaker for an upcoming event.

If you are interested in inviting a speaker to your event, please contact I2SL HQ and we will pass the message along to the requested speaker who will then be able to discuss interest and availability directly with you.

Name Organization Area of Expertise Workshops Offered

University of California, Irvine

(Irvine, California)
Comprehensive campus laboratory sustainability program (SmartLabs)

CPP, Inc.

Exhaust, dispersion modeling
Siemens Building Technologies
Building system controls
Grumman/Butkus Associates
HVAC systems, benchmarking, energy and water conservation, commissioning/retro-commissioning, heating and cooling plants, financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects

University of California, Santa Barbara

(Santa Barbara, California)

Lab equipment efficiency, plug load management, shared instrumentation, water efficiency

Cannon Design

(Saint Louis, Missouri)
Sustainable laboratory design strategies, laboratory planning and design

University of Colorado-Boulder

(Boulder, Colorado)
Laboratory users, university perspective, connecting sustainability to lab finances
University of Michigan, retired
Campus sustainability programs for laboratories
Aircuity, Inc.
Advanced ventilation and energy efficiency
Exposure Control Technologies, Inc.
Fume hood controls, testing, and commissioning/re-commissioning

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

(Denver, Colorado)
Lab building mechanical systems, building and campus carbon neutrality


Wendell Brase, University of California, Irvine

Wendell Brase co-chairs the University of California’s President Janet Napolitano's Global Climate Leadership Council and leads an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Associate Chancellor-Sustainability at the University of California, Irvine. Under his leadership, UCI was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change.

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Brad Cochran, CPP, Inc.

Brad Cochran, principal at CPP Wind Engineering, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Colorado and has over 25 years of experience conducting wind-tunnel and mathematical dispersion modeling assessments related to laboratory exhaust design. He developed techniques for using dispersion modeling to safely implement VAV laboratory exhaust systems, which are currently being adopted into the California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standard. Brad currently serves as the vice-chair of the ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC9.10) on Laboratory Ventilation, is the lead author of Chapter 9, Exhaust Stack Design, in the latest edition of the ASHRAE Laboratory Design Guide, and also serves on the ASSE Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation Standard committee.

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Jim Coogan, Siemens Building Technologies

Jim Coogan, P.E., is a Principal in product development at Siemens Building Technologies. For 30 years, he has designed controls for mechanical systems. Jim has chaired several ASHRAE Committees and is listed by ASHRAE as a Distinguished Lecturer. Jim is a member of the committee that revised the Laboratory Ventilation Standard: ANSI Z9.5 and participates in work groups with the International Institute for Sustainable Labs. Jim earned his SB in mechanical engineering at MIT.

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Amorette Getty, University of California, Santa Barbara

Amorette Getty works with on-boarding and laboratory design for new university principal investigators at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Getty's work focuses on improving research efficiency in the broadest sense, connecting researchers and resources, laboratory operations and equipment, and building operations for a maximally productive and sustainable environment. She received her Ph.D. in materials at UCSB for work in solid state lighting.

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Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar, University of Colorado-Boulder

Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D., manages the CU Green Labs Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a program she has been building and creating since 2009. She has a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a B.S. in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and 15 years of laboratory research experience within the fields of biochemistry, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry. Working as a research scientist, she saw a real need for a program to engage scientists in resource conservation in labs which could serve as a model for other campuses to adopt. Through active participation in the I2SL community and annual conferences, Green Labs Planning Group, and the DOE Better Buildings Alliance Labs Team, she regularly collaborates and shares ideas with colleagues across the nation at universities and federal agencies who care about efficiency and sustainability in lab environments.  She leads the I2SL University Alliance Group which is presently exploring the topic of connecting sustainability to lab finances.

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Sudhakar Reddy, University of Michigan

Dr. Sudhakar Reddy obtained his Ph.D. in 1980 in India and moved to USA in 1981. He joined the University of Michigan in 1994 and developed many programs. One such program is the Sustainable Lab Certification program that received Governor Award in 2013. His passion is to green the labs through sustainability and behavior change. Dr. Reddy is currently serving on many committees. He has published about 30 papers and delivered many invited talks.

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Otto Van Geet, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Otto Van Geet is a principal engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); most of his work is in the Federal Energy Management Program. Otto has been involved in the design, construction, and operation of energy efficient research facilities such as labs and data centers as well as office and general use facilities. He was one of the founding members of Labs21, a member of I2SL, ASHRAE and ASES, a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited, and has authored many technical papers.

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