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Cliff Haefke

Director, Energy Resources Center
University of Illinois at Chicago

Mr. Haefke has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry and currently serves as the Director of the Energy Resources Center (ERC). The ERC is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and special projects organization that works to improve energy efficiency and the environment, providing expertise in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, utilities billing management, and biofuels and bioenergy.

Mr. Haefke joined the ERC in 2000, in 2011 he joined the Center’s executive management team, and since March 2015 serves as the Center’s Director. As Director, he oversees the Center’s business and research efforts and is responsible for the Center’s strategic direction.

Mr. Haefke also serves as the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored Midwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, a technical outreach program that promotes combined heat and power (CHP), waste heat-to-power (WHP), and district energy CHP technologies in the industrial, commercial, and institutional market sectors in the 12 State Midwest Region.

He is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA), the U.S. Combined Heat and Power Association, and the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI), an affiliate member of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO), serves on the Board of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), and is President of the Midwest Cogeneration Association (MCA).

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MBA - University of Illinois at Chicago

Elizabeth A. Kócs, Ph.D

Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Instructor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Director of Programming, Outreach Research and Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Elizabeth A. Kócs is an environment-behavior scientist at the intersections of energy, technology, economics, society and urban resilience. Her scholarly work spans environmental research on energy/sustainability perspectives and the built and human environments. At the Energy Initiative, her work bridges energy research and education, and social, economic, policy, and technological advances for urban resilience. She works to grow UIC energy and sustainability programming, and to cultivate local, regional, national and international initiatives to support curriculum, research, and collaborative efforts fostering Chicago’s growing energy ecosystem.

As Editor-in-Chief for the MRS Energy & Sustainability – A Review Journal, Dr. Kócs brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to the journal’s scope on energy and sustainability as it relates to the impact of materials on society.

  • B. of Architecture - Pratt Institute
  • M.A. Psychology - Hunter College, City University of New York
  • M.S. Philosophy, Environmental Psychology - University of New York
  • Executive MBA - University of Illinois
  • Ph.D Environmental Psychology - City University of New York

Brian Krameric

Senior Manager
Sargent & Lundy

Mr. Krameric has been with Sargent & Lundy since the late 1960’s. In his current position his responsibilities include the evaluation of the mechanical engineering staff performing non-nuclear activities, resource management for the various non-nuclear projects being performed by S&L, providing technical training, guidance, and monitoring of the mechanical engineers and qualifying individuals in S&L system of processes for mechanical engineers.

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Illinois Institute of Technology

Fiona Martin P.E., LEED AP, BEAP, QCxP

Senior Project Engineer
Grumman/Butkus Associates

Ms. Martin joined Grumman/Butkus Associates as a mechanical engineer specializing in energy efficiency and sustainable design work. Her work encompassesn energy and resource benchmarking, energy conservation studies, LEED consulting, energy efficient systems, EPA consulting, commissioning, and retro-commissioning projects.

Ms. Martin holds her P.E. in Illinois and is also certified as a BEAP, QCxP, and LEED AP O&M. Her professional activities include the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter' where she is currently Secretary and Co-Chair of Student Activities.


  • B.M.E. Mechanical Engineering and Music - University of Dayton
  • M.S. Renewable and Clean Energy - University of Dayton

Marlon McClinton

President and CEO
Utilivate Technologies

Marlon McClinton is Founder, President & CEO of Utilivate Technologies, an energy management, management consulting, and professional management firm with headquarters in Downtown Chicago. Marlon’s efforts are directed towards providing actionable, integrated energy management solutions to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Mr. McClinton leverages over twenty five years of experience and leadership in energy management, R&D performance, executive management, and product commercialization for the energy/utility industry. Before forming Utilivate in 2001, he served as Vice President at Gas Research Institute (now GTI) the R&D, training, and new product development arm of the nation’s energy industry.

Mr. McClinton is a member of the American Gas Association, Save Energy Now Alliance, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), National Save Energy Coalition, and Alliance to Save Energy. In prior years, Marlon served as convener of Municipal Gas System Advisory Committee, Gas Industry Representative – Common Ground Alliance, and Editorial Board Member – Pipeline & Gas Industry Magazine.


  • B.S. Metallurgical Engineering - University of Illinois
  • M.S. Materials Science - Northwestern University
  • MBA - Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Sean McHone

Vice President, Project Director
Sargent & Lundy

Mr. McHone began his career at Sargent & Lundy LLC in Chicago, as a summer intern and then joined the firm full-time as a Mechanical Engineer following completion of his degree. Since 2013, Mr. McHone has served as a Vice President and Project Director at Sargent & Lundy overseeing multiple projects for his group of clients. He has served as the company Process Owner and Subject Matter Specialist for Compressed Air and Gas Systems. Over the course of his career he has been involved in a large range of power generation and energy projects including the design and construction of new combined cycle / simple cycle power plants, large scale environmental retrofits, steam and cogeneration projects, as well as large scale gas compression station designs.

What Mr. McHone appreciates most is the never-ending variety of projects he has been involved in. It’s always something new as the energy industry and technologies evolve.

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Chicago

Donald J. McLauchlan, P.E., C.E.A., C.E.M., LEED AP

Elara Engineering

Don has served as one of Elara’s Principals since the firm’s founding in 2001. Prior to that he was Technical Solutions Leader and General Manager for Honeywell after Honeywell’s 1999 acquisition of Arrowhead Environmental Control, the company he owned and was President and CEO of from 1978 to 1999.

Prior to being President and CEO of Arrowhead, Mr. McLauchlan held Service Manager, Service Technician, and Pipefitter positions for the same company after initially starting as a part-time, summer employee.

Throughout his career, Mr. McLauchlan has demonstrated a passion for energy efficiency which has been a catalyst for his numerous innovative engineering solutions.

Mr. McLauchlan is an active member of many professional organizations including ASHRAE, ASME,AEE,NSPE, American Solar Energy Society and a member of several civic boards including:

  • Jurist, Wisconsin Green Building Alliance, Advisory Board, Wisconsin Green Building Council
  • Institute of Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board, Loyola University Chicago

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A. - Southern Illinois University

Ralph T. Muehleisen, Ph.D P.E., LEED AP BD+C, INCE Board Certified

Principal Building Scientist
Argonne National Laboratory

Joint Staff Appointment
Computation Institute at the University of Chicago

Adjunct Associate Professor
Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Muehleisen is Principal Building Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Principal building scientist, Section Lead for the Argonne Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) Program, and the Argonne Urban Science and Engineering Program Lead. He provides oversight of technology and engineering-related projects and provides quality control to all projects within the Argonne BEDTR Program.

Dr. Muehleisen has a Joint Staff Appointment, Computation Institute at the University of Chicago where he performs computational research in many areas including modeling of complex urban systems, developing models and tools for smart building / smart grid interaction, and stochastic models of building energy use.

Dr. Muehleisen is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches courses in basic building science, building enclosure design, and architectural acoustics. Advises M.S. and Ph.D. students in Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Architecture programs.

Dr. Muehleisen is active in many Professional Societies and is widely published. He currently is the Associate Editor for Journal of Architectural Engineering (JAE).

  • B.S. Majors in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics – University of Wisconsin
  • Ph. D. in Acoustics, Department of Aerospace Engineering - Pennsylvania State University

Lyle Weseloh, PE, CEM

Sr. Portfolio Manager - Life Science Solutions
Siemens Building Technologies

Mr. Weseloh has over 18 years in the industry and a vast amount of experience in Energy Engineering. In his current role he serves as the lead for the entire Siemens Life Science Solutions Portfolio which ranges from building automation, fire and security offerings specific to critical environment spaces within Research Facilities, Pharma/Biotech, Healthcare and Colleges/Universities.

Mr. Weseloh’s primary objective is to provide energy efficient solutions for customers by identifying, developing, managing and driving all offerings throughout the Siemens North American field organization and across markets.


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Southern Illinois University
  • MBA – Roosevelt University

Chris Wilson, PE

Studio Leader – Energy+Eco Group
ESD Global

As the Studio Leader for ESD’s Energy+Eco group, Chris helps achieve clients’ “triple bottom line” by reducing costs associated with energy consumption and maintenance, migrating climate change through carbon dioxide reductions, and improving occupant comfort and health.

As a consulting engineer in the built environment, Chris is dedicated to providing sustainable design solutions that change how buildings impact our society. He’s adept in the assessment, planning and design of building automation systems including HVAC controls, electrical power monitoring and integration of building technology systems to improve facility sustainability and energy performance.

He is a member of ASHRAE.


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University

Laurence V. Wilson, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE HFDP

Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Larry Wilson is a licensed mechanical engineer and LEED® Accredited Professional with more than three decades of experience in the field of building system engineering, including analysis, planning, design and construction administration. He has honed his expertise in laws/codes/standards/guidelines, project management and quality assurance for both new construction and renovation across a wide variety of project types, with a specialization in healthcare as well as science and technology facilities.

Mr. Wilson works in the Chicago office of SmithGroupJJR as a senior mechanical engineer, providing design leadership for both the Chicago office and the firm’s national healthcare practice. He previously served as a director at PositivEnergy Practice, Chicago, a high-performance consulting engineering firm focused on providing integrated professional services to building and city projects around the world.

Mr. Wilson is particularly passionate about healthcare design and widely recognized in the industry for his expertise in sustainable, high-performance system design, including those for the award-winning Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s new Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago; and Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, Indiana.

He is a member of American Society of Healthcare Engineers, Hospital Engineers Society of Northern Illinois, National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign