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The Ralph T. Muehleisen Scholarship Heading link

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The IPBSA-USA Chicago Chapter (CHIBPSA) Board of Directors would like to announce the 2019 Ralph T. Muehleisen Scholarship. Dr. Muehleisen has led research to increase the energy efficiency and resiliency of the built environment while improving the quality of life. His projects include urban science and engineering, stochastic building energy modeling, reduced order building energy modeling, risk analysis of building energy retrofits, Bayesian Calibration methods for building energy models, agent-based models for understanding adoption of retrofit technologies, smart building/smart grid integration, and the development of new technologies for measuring building infiltration and reducing energy losses through windows. Dr. Muehleisen is the author of over 150 publications and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of urban science and engineering, building energy modeling, architectural acoustics and noise control.

For his continued contributions in the fields of engineering and science, advancement in education and research, unwavering mentorship of others, unremitting inspiration to the building simulation community, and prominence as an industry innovator the CHIBPSA Board of Directors would like to honor Dr. Muehleisen by establishing a Scholarship in his name.

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage qualified degree candidates in seeking academic and career development in the field of building performance simulation and analysis.

IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States. CHIBPSA is an organized committee of IBPSA-USA.

Congratulations to Marlon McClinton, President and CEO, Ultivate Technologies, the new Chair of the Evaluation and Accountability Committee of Governor J.B. Pritzger appointed Illinois Workforce Innovation Board. Heading link

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President and CEO Marlon McClinton stated “I am happy to support Governor Pritzger’s vision to prioritize revitalizing economic growth and creating economic opportunity in communities across the entire state; including low-income urban and rural areas. I am excited to lead an effort to measure and track performance towards those outcomes most important to Illinois residents such as jobs, earnings, long-term career prospects and real economic opportunity.

The Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) serves as the State advisory board pertaining to workforce preparation policy. IWIB is charged with ensuring that Illinois’ workforce preparation services and programs are coordinated and integrated to successfully achieve the outcome of increased statewide occupational skill attainment, employment, retention, and earnings; and, thereby, improve the quality of the workforce and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the State. Importantly, IWIB works with government and private sector organizations to meet the workforce preparation needs of both employers and workers throughout Illinois.

The Evaluation and Accountability Committee (EAC) makes recommendations on appropriate assessments and evaluation methods regarding IWIB policies and strategic initiatives. Specifically, the EAC uses targeted metrics and in-depth evaluations to ensure the IWIB and its programs meet all required functions and commitments regarding policy guidance as well as performance measures and outcomes. In addition, the EAC identifies best practices and recommends continuous improvement opportunities. The EAC is supported by a team of Illinois staff that conducts all necessary research and prepares documents that outline EAC recommendations for optimal performance.

Congratulations to Don McLauchlan Winner of the 2018 UIC Engineering Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award Heading link

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Don McLauchlan, a member of the Master of Energy Engineering Advisory Board, recently won the UIC Engineering Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award.  This award is presented to alumni who, through their achievement in their field of engineering, have significantly enhanced the industry and who inspire and help to instill a sense of pride among the alumni, students, faculty and staff of UIC.

Don has served as one of Elara Engineering 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 from 1978 to 1999.

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.


B.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Illinois Chicago
B.A. – Southern Illinois University