Friday, Feb. 22: Roger Frechette, III, PE, LEED AP
“Net-Zero Energy Renovations: American Geophysical Union Headquarters Building – A Case Study”
Join Roger Frechette, managing principal of Interface Engineering, for an informative presentation on Net-Zero Energy renovations. The presentation focuses on a methodology and approach to building renovations seeking to achieve a ‘Net-Zero Energy’ or ‘Positive Energy’ result, and will touch on many strategies currently being used in Net-Zero Energy buildings across the country.
A compelling case study for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Headquarters Building will be offered to demonstrate the process the design team used to distill available sustainable options down to a select ‘bundle’ of strategies to achieve the Net-Zero goal. Frechette will highlight both the opportunities and challenges associated with the design, construction and commissioning of Net-Zero projects.
The American Geophysical Union Headquarters building is the first building in the United States to be heated and cooled primarily from the city’s municipal sewer system. It is also the largest example of a DC direct current electrical distribution system serving the lighting and workstations. When complete, the newly renovated AGU building will be the first to achieve Net-Zero Energy in Washington, DC.
His presentation will begin at 3 pm at the CIVS Immersive Theater on the Purdue University Northwest Hammond Campus in Hammond, IN.
With over 30 years of experience, Frechette is well known in the world of architecture, engineering and sustainable infrastructure as a leader in high performance design. Frechette specializes in energy efficiency and conservation, using advanced modeling, simulation and energy analysis to provide clients with the most comprehensive, cost effective, resilient and sustainable solutions. He has extensive experience in designing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for significant building and critical public infrastructure. As Managing Principal and Principal Engineer in the Washington, DC office of Interface Engineering, he is responsible for the design of the MEP systems and overall engineering management on a variety of projects within the continental United States and around the world.
Some of Frechette’s more noteworthy projects include The Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the world’s tallest building and man-made structure, the Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China, the world’s most energy efficient tall building and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Flag Hall, the resting place for the Star-Spangled Banner.
Frechette is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals, and a frequent lecturer and author on high-performance design and green engineering. In 2004, the United States Congress recognized him for his work in sustainability.
Friday, March 29: Samir Ginde, M.S.
“Finding One’s Feet in the Real World – An Engineer’s Perspective”
Ginde’s talk will be of interest to students considering a career in industry. Drawing on 15 years of industry experience at the forefront of the smartphone revolution, as well as fond but fading memories from his student years, Ginde hopes to provide an insider’s viewpoint on a career in industry, the value of university education and transitioning effectively from being a student to an engineer in the “real world.” No background in electrical engineering required!
Ginde is currently a computer engineer with 15 years of experience at Qualcomm Inc, a leading wireless semiconductor company based in San Diego, California. Since 2012, he has been a part of a global system-on-chip team responsible for developing industry-leading wireless chipsets that power billions of smart phones and other wireless-enabled devices. His current expertise is in the area of system performance and architecture. He has led teams in this area of work during the architecture, design and commercialization phases of several of Qualcomm’s recent chipsets. In his previous role, he served as a system architect during the incipient years of Qualcomm’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) project, which now enables carrier-grade internet voice/video telephony and messaging over wireless networks, contributing to product design, standardization and innovation. Ginde has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, with thesis in wireless systems from Virginia Tech and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mumbai University, in India.
April speaker: To be announced
Location and Time
Purdue University Northwest
Hammond Campus, 3-4 p.m.
Cost and Audience
The Distinguished Speakers Series is FREE and open to the public and all PNW students, faculty, and staff. We hope you will join us!
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