Tom Horner, Co-Founder and Vice President, Water Management, Inc.
has designed and implemented water efficiency programs for government and private sector facilities in 46 states and 4 countries. He has conducted programs at approximately 20 universities including a number of the greater Washington DC region including George Mason University and the George Washington University. Tom believes that water is by far our most precious resource and he will address the the water / energy nexus and the need for good quality water in our lives. 


Mr. Oliver holds a Master’s degree in Building Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from MIT. A licensed professional engineer in Virginia and Maryland, he is a former President of the National Capitol Chapter and national Secretary of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), has served on the Board of Directors of the National Capitol Region Chapter of the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC-NCR), and is a former Board Chairman of the Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN).


Tanvi Gadhia hopes to serve as a resource to empower and inspire faculty, staff, and students with resources, tools, information, and connections to integrate sustainability into the campus culture. She develops, implements and maintains programs designed to encourage sustainable behaviors, further UMD’s leadership in sustainability, and expand sustainability literacy on and off campus. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at UMD, Tanvi launched and ran the sustainability office at UMBC for 7 years. She has also served as a clean energy community organizer in Baltimore with the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and advocated for sustainable agriculture with positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Center for Food Safety and with Dr. Vandana Shiva. Tanvi also taught environmental education at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Oregon Ridge Nature Center, the Maryland Science Center, and Fairview Lake Environmental Education Center.

Hear Dr. Reinhard Radermacher, Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park. He will present the keynote address at our University and Business Showcase. 

You may also be interested in knowing about this new clean energy report titled "The Present Status and Future Potential of Maryland's Clean Energy Innovation System." The report provides an in-depth analysis of the state's support of clean energy and offers recommendations to elevate Maryland's leadership in clean energy innovation with economic benefits for its citizens. 



Pat Fox is a renewable technology enthusiast and a senior aerospace engineering and sustainability student at UMD. She is leading an engineering team to build a prototype airborne wind energy system, which uses autonomous, maneuverable kites to harness the power of the wind. This technology has the potential to more than halve the levelized cost of wind energy. The prototype will allow for aerospace controls research at UMD to be directed towards airborne wind energy. Her team is composed of enthusiastic engineering students who are committed to researching breakthrough technologies that may reshape the future of renewable energy. She also helps manage the UMD 'Wind TERPines' wind turbine team, which is competing in a national wind turbine design competition.

Janine serves as the Chair of the Career Advancement Committee for the Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Council on Women in Energy and the Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) National Board and Chapter Liaison for the AEE National Capital Chapter.  She holds a Masters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Agricultural and Applied Economics (with a focus on international development and energy resource economics) and pursued Post Masters work at George Washington University in energy and environmental management and resource policy.  

Dr. Elvin Yüzügüllü is the Leaders in Energy’s Zero Waste Coordinator. Elvin is currently employed as a Project Manager at GDIT, an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate-level classes at The George Washington University’s Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department, and a member of Leaders in Energy. She started her career with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Environmental Engineering, which she supplemented with a Doctor of Science degree from George Washington University in Environmental and Energy Management (focusing on hydrogen technologies). Elvin brings a comprehensive, multi-faceted systems view of issues related to the way we create, consume, and manage energy. 


Friday, February 28th

11am - 6pm


A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, 
1131 Glenn Martin Hall, 
College Park, MD 20742

Registration includes all events including the CWEEL Luncheon and Showcase refreshments.

Job seekers, students, and everyone concerned about our future are welcome. Participants can connect with members of AEE and Leaders in Energy, university departments, cleantech businesses, and other Extravaganza attendees.

Register today to attend!

Solome Girma is Director of the Program Management Office at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). In her roll, she places a priority on client management and has deep experience as an energy consultant for energy facilities management and HVAC. Prior to her time at DCSEU, Solome served as an Energy Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy, working on zero energy buildings and energy efficiency. She was also an Energy Solutions Performance Engineer at Johnson Controls.

Solome holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University and Master of Science degree from George Washington University in Engineering Management with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Management. Solome is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and standing member of the Association of Energy Engineers. 

In our University and Business Showcase, we will examine Innovative Trends on University Campuses in Clean Energy and Sustainability including energy planning for carbon neutrality and smart city applications, energy efficiency and renewable energy, growing local food-for-cafeterias and composting/reducing food waste, water efficiency, and sustainable transportation. . We will hear about Smart City applications on campuses, energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, sustainable/local food-to-cafeteria and reducing food waste, water efficiency, and sustainable transportation. This event will showcase new ideas, technologies, policies, products, and services for a greener planet!


Advanced Biofuels USA

Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter- UMD Chapter and  ASHRAE Student Chapter


DC Sustainable Energy Utility


Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Leaders in Energy

Our Business Our World

Refrigeration Technologies

Water Management Inc.

​Your Business Our World

Eric Oliver is the Founder of Earthwide, LLC, an Energy and Sustainability Master Planning Company in McLean, VA.  A passionate energy conservationist, Eric Oliver started his career with the federal government in EPA’s Energy Star Buildings Program in 1994.    Eric had also founded EMO Energy Solutions in 1998 to address the growing need for energy efficiency services and ran the Company for 19 years until 2017. With EMO, Eric was among the earliest practitioners of the LEED program, providing energy modeling, commissioning, and LEED consulting services in addition to energy auditing capabilities.  Mr. Oliver has conducted several dozen energy-training seminars, created energy awareness and education campaigns, and presented and moderated at several energy conferences.  In 2019 Mr. Oliver was inducted into the National Energy Managers Hall of Fame by the Association of Energy Engineers for a lifetime of achievement and leadership.

Greg Farley  is Director of University Sustainability for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  He has held similar positions at Washington College (Chestertown, MD) and at Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD), where he was also an award-winning instructor and director of the Chesapeake College Center for Leadership in Environmental Education.  His career in sustainability began as a visiting scholar at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), part of the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, where he also co-edited a book, “Thinking Like an Island,” with SLIM Director Jennifer Chirico.  A biologist by training, he holds degrees from Duke University and Florida State University.


a M.S. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, specializing in Energy Infrastructure Systems. Aakansha has previously served on the Board of National Capital Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. She recently served on the Finance Committee of the Clean Energy Technical Workgroup of Montgomery County.

Andrew J. Nixon is a sophomore Electrical Engineering major at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is involved with the Maryland Wind Terpines Team, which aims to build a small wind-powered turbine for the Collegiate Wind Competition. While his contributions to the team are mainly in the power electronics aspect of the generator, he is also very interested in the larger domain of clean energy, as well as how to increase student involvement in this growing field.

Our themes are twofold. In our Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) Luncheon Panel segment, we will examine Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Industry. Greater inclusivity and diversity in this industry can play a key enabling role in accelerating the energy transition and also help men in the workplace. We will even have a man on our panel!

Janine Finnell is the Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE), a global action network, which is advancing clean energy and sustainable solutions for a more sustainable energy system, economy, and world.  In founding LE, Janine draws upon an extensive domestic and international career in policy and research, program management, communications, outreach, and management consulting in the energy and sustainability fields.  Her experience includes working at a state energy office, serving as a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and employment at IBM, DynCorp International, and Institute of Energy Analysis, and consulting to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as non-governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, and the electric utility industry.   

Dr. Radermacher is an internationally recognized expert in energy conversion systems; in particular integrated Cooling, Heating and Power (CHP) Systems, heat pumps, air-conditioners and refrigeration systems. His work has resulted in over 400 publications, including 3 books, numerous invention records and 12 patents. He was a visiting scientist and NATO scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology before joining the University of Maryland as the Minta Martin Professor and Director, 
at the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering.

As an Engineer and Social-Entrepreneur, Aakansha has made significant contributions with her interdisciplinary background in clean energy, microgrid development, and Smart City movement. As the Founder of Energy Scalable, a Public Benefit Corporation, Aakansha is enabling market transformation by addressing clean energy access, equitable asset ownership, and energy affordability in underserved communities. Energy Scalable uses data-centric methods and develops cloud-based solutions to deliver socio-environmental impact, while attracting sustainable investments into frontline communities. Prior to working at Citelum, Aakansha worked as a Project Engineer at Recurrent Innovative Solutions, combining solar with energy efficiency-as-a-service in the DMV region. She developed turnkey solutions for C&I clients and explored innovative technologies and tools such as, CPACE financing, distributed resource management, energy storage, and microgrid controllers. She has designed the solar carport and EV Charging system for a MD University and has implemented the first bifacial rooftop PV system exceeding LEED standards in Montgomery County. She holds 

Conducted by the Association of Energy Engineers-National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC) and Leaders in Energy (LE), our theme is “Innovative Trends on Campuses in Clean Energy and Sustainability” including energy planning for carbon neutrality and smart city applications, renewable energy and energy efficiency including microgrids, local food-to cafeteria and composting/reducing food waste, water efficiency, and sustainable transportation.  This event will showcase new ideas, technologies, policies, products, and services.  

Marta Woldu is the Sustainable Transportation & Bicycle Coordinator at the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS). In her role, she strives toward meeting the University’s 2050 Climate Neutrality goal by promoting sustainable commute alternatives and implementing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies in an effort to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles on campus. Marta also oversees the campus bicycle and micro-mobility program and works to elevate UMD's status as a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in UMD’s Community Planning program with aspirations to create more equitable, sustainable, and livable communities.

Transportation and Parking

There is a university shuttle (No. 104) that can take you to the event from the College Park Metro Station and drops off just steps away from the Clark School. There is some ongoing construction at the metro, so you can just follow the signs to catch the 104 University Shuttle. Riders can take the shuttle and get off at the second stop at the Wind Tunnel (red X on the map), cross the Paint Branch, and take a nice walk up to the Clark School..

There is also parking near the venue.  Here is a map that shows the University Shuttle stop and the Regent’s Parking lot.  Here is a another map of A. James Clark Engineering Hall which shows nearby parking at the Xfinity Parking lot.


Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership Luncheon Program

​​​Extravaganza Agenda

11 am – 1:45 pm: Luncheon Panel, Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL):  Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Industry

2:00 – 6:00 pm: Showcase Panels

as automatic transfer switches. Mr. Millar’s notable, current work includes the DBOOM of a 1.2MW Co-Gen plant, 7.5MW E-Power project, and 2.4MW Co-Gen in development at major hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Millar is the Treasurer of the AEE National Capital Chapter, and serves as a committee member on the Tysons Partnership Sustainability Council. He is also actively involved in the Virginia Clean Energy Council and the Washington Building Congress. He holds CEM, CBCP, and EBCP certifications. A U.S Navy Veteran (1984-1988), Doug has a BS in Finance from Rutgers University, as well as professional certifications from New York University and the Johnson Controls Institute of Milwaukee, further cultivating his industry expertise.

We appreciate the assistance of the AEE NCC Baltimore Chapter.

Janine Helwigis the Director of Utilities and Engineering in Facilities Planning, Construction, and Management at The George Washington University (GW).  She oversees GW’s Central Utility Plant, which consists of a 7.4 MW combined heat and power plant, and is responsible for all campus utilities, environmental programs, and engineering.  Janine leads her team in developing and executing energy and environmental initiatives, and closely collaborates with the Office of Sustainability on campus-wide sustainability initiatives.  She has 15 years of experience in facilities management, with 8 years in higher education.  Prior to her time at GW, Janine served as the Energy Manager for the Naval Research Laboratory and started her engineering career as a design engineer and consultant for Federal, State, and commercial/industrial clients.

Janine is a registered Professional Engineer in DC and MD, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP).  She holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and a Master’s in Environmental Process Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.  In her free time Janine enjoys running, yoga, and the great outdoors.

As the Regional Director at Edison Energy and located in the Washington DC area office, Doug Millar has over 26 years of experience with proven success in the field of optimized energy use, energy conservation, efficient HVAC in new construction, efficiency upgrades and implementation of capital projects in existing buildings. With extensive experience in energy management, mechanical systems, electric and renewable energy, Mr. Millar’s knowledge and capabilities are especially significant in developing and providing a total facility or campus aggregate solution. Mr. Millar has developed and managed multimillion dollar energy projects for key university, military, government, commercial and privately owned buildings throughout the U.S., having executed services for end use clients in over 30 states, including, Alaska, California, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine and Texas.

Additionally, his expertise includes the design and installation of combined heat and power projects (co-generation), generators with gas turbines and reciprocating engineers, as well

Laurie Wiegand-Jacksonis the President and Owner of Utility Advantage, providing technical and strategic consulting in the US and global energy and utility sectors. With over thirty years of experience and expertise in the energy sector, Laurie is focused on advancing innovative solutions to meet the energy issues of today and tomorrow. From implementing policies that support a sustainable approach to advancing technology that improves efficiency and enables a smart grid, Laurie is passionate in her pursuit of creating clean, secure and affordable energy both locally and globally.

Laurie is one of only three women to serve as President of the international Association of Energy Engineers. She was inducted into the AEE Energy Manager Hall of Fame in 2016.

As the current Chair of the Board of Directors and founder of the Council for Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), Laurie has spent more than a decade personally promoting the development and advancement of women in the energy sector.  She also serves as the Chair of the Energy Focus Group of SMART, a congressional initiative, focused on Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow. 

Guy Kilpatric is the Manager of the University of Maryland Terp Farm. He
grew up in rural Maryland and has gathered many years of experience working on organic fruit and vegetable farms, in addition to earning a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California – Santa Cruz. Agricultural sustainability has become a great passion of his, and so is growing beautiful produce. He will discuss the role of the Terp Farm in providing food to the U of Maryland cafeteria and their related composting and food waste reduction program. The University of Maryland has become the first university in the world to join the Cool Food Pledge, a growing movement of workplaces, hotels, hospitals and restaurants reducing the climate impact of food they serve. Cool Food commits signatories to slash food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030. 

Mike Makofsky, Northeast Regional Manager of SHANNON GLOBAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS, INC. brings more than 30 years of experience in the design, use & application of removable, truly reusable thermal & acoustic blankets specializing in Higher Ed, Healthcare, Pharma/Life Sciences, Food/Beverage, Commercial & Industrial markets. Working with every major ESCO/Performance contractors and Consulting Engineers, Mike has helped save billions of BTU’s and has markedly increased personnel safety per OSHA Standards. Professional associations & Board positions include AEE, APPA, IFMA, BOMA, DVGBC & ASHE as well as being a regular regional speaker on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Safety. He provides pro bono consulting services to engineering firms, utility companies and management firms. Mike holds a B.A. Communications/Music, Montclair State University.

Ida Namuris the Associate Vice President and Operations Manager for AECOM’s Southeast Energy Services group, leveraging teams of technical experts in DC Metro and North Carolina to create custom solutions for key clients in the power, energy and life sciences market sectors. Ida also coordinates multidisciplinary teams from all of AECOM's business lines across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Ida is a Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) with over 16 years of experience in the environmental and energy consulting field.

Ida is the Vice President of the Board for AEE’s National Captial Chapter. She is a CWEEL member and a passionate advocate for equality and gender equity.  In her free time, Ida enjoys spending time outside with her family and practice the sport of fencing.

Julie Wolfington, Boland's Energy & Sustainability Leader, has taken on several roles since she started in 2005. She is responsible for transforming Boland’s business model in order to deliver easy client solutions through the use of data, analytics, and client consultations. To do this, Julie led the development and implementation of new sales and contract fulfillment processes. Also as part of the Business Transformation effort, Julie led Innovation Brainstorming Sessions across the company to inspire creative thinking and collaborative ideas surrounding Boland’s new vision. Julie led a major initiative that resulted from this process which was a company-wide continuous improvement effort to document, standardize, and optimize work processes.  
Julie holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to joining Boland Julie worked as a Sales Engineer with Johnson Controls in Nashville, TN. She spent four years with JCI, and worked with a diverse client portfolio, including Vanderbilt Medical Center, government of the State of Tennessee, local mechanical contractors, MEP firms, and architectural firms. During this time, Julie co-founded the Middle TN USGBC (US Green Building Council) Chapter and served as Chairperson for two years. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and snow skiing.

– Innovative Trends on College Campuses in Clean Energy and Sustainability –

11:00 – 11:30 am: Registration and Networking

11 am – 1:45 pm: Luncheon Panel, Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL):  Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Industry.

12:15 pm: Welcome to Extravaganza

Solome Girma, Master of Ceremonies, CEM, LEED GA, Director, Program Management Office at District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

Tim Witting, President, Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter (AEE NCC), Welcoming Remarks

Farah Singer, Student Advisor, AEE NCC Chapter at University of Maryland-College Park

Janine Finnell, AEE NCC and National CWEEL Board Member and Executive Director, Leaders in Energy (LE)

CWEEL Panel:  Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Industry – 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Moderator:  Ida Namur, CEP, Ida Namur, CEP, Associate Vice President, Operations Manager, Southeast Energy Services

Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy (LE) and AEE NCC and National CWEEL Board Member

Janine Helwig, E., C.E.M., CEFP, Director, Utilities & Engineering, Facilities Planning, Construction, & Management, The George Washington University

Ben Rupert, President at BJR Energy Management

Laurie Wiegand-Jackson, Owner and President, Utility Advantage and Chair of The Board Of Directors at Council for Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership

Break – 1:45 to 2:00 pm

University and Business Showcase Panels – 2:00 to 6:00 pm

Welcome  – 2:00 to 2:15 pm

Solome Girma, CEM, LEED GA, Director, Program Management Office at District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

John Gaffigan, Director of Sponsorship and Membership, Leaders in Energy

Keynote Address – 2:15 to 2:30 pm

Reinhard Radermacher, Minta Martin Professor, Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering

University Showcase Panel – 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Moderator:  Dr. Elvin Yuzugullu, Project Manager,  General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department, Leaders in Energy Zero Waste Coordinator

Greg Farley, Director of University Sustainability, George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Tanvi Gadhia, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator at University of Maryland

Guy Kilpatrick, Manager of the University of Maryland Terp Farm

Marta Woldu, Sustainable Transportation & Bicycle Coordinator at the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS)

Andrew Nixon, Sophomore Electrical Engineering major at the University of Maryland

Pat Fox, Senior Aerospace Engineering and Sustainability student at the University of Maryland

Julie Wolfington, Energy & Sustainability Leader at Boland

Refreshment Break – 3:30 to 4:00 pm

Business Showcase Panel – 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Moderator:  Cara Martin, COO, Optimized Thermal Systems, Inc.

Sean Casey, AECOM on Smart City applications

Tom Horner, VP and Co-founder, Water Management

​​Aakansha Lam, Founder, and Managing Director of Energy Scalable

Mike Makofsky, Northeast Regional Manager of Shannon Global Energy Solutions, Inc.​

​Eric Oliver, Founder of Earthwide, LLC​

Closing Reflections on Formal Program – 5:00 to 5:15 pm 

Tim Witting, AEE NCC President
Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy

Raffle Drawing from Exhibitors: 5:45 pm
John Gaffigan and Leo Perez, LE Sponsorship Team

Adjourn: 6:00 

Exhibitor Tables:  Open during entire event – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
(Except when panels are in session)

Sean Casey is an energy engineer with AECOM who has provided comprehensive energy and sustainability support to federal, public, and private sector clients. His group offers energy services including building and campus energy audits, development and measurement and verification (M&V) of energy and water conservation measures, renewable energy project development and feasibility studies, and energy master planning.

Ben Rupertis an independent commercial and industrial energy management consultant with more than 15 years’ experience developing, implementing, and refining energy management programs in a variety of contexts and locations. Prior to going rogue, Ben was the Vice President of Operations for the Benningfield Group, an energy and software consulting firm based in Folsom, CA. His focus was primarily on strategic business development and facilitating close collaboration with the State of California, regional utilities and the ISO (Independent System Operator).

He has served on the board of directors for the Association of Energy Engineer’s National Capital Chapter since 2016 and is a past president of the organizations Pacific Northwest Chapter. That said, his most important current role is stay at home dad and primary care giver for two amazing toddlers, one two and the other four years old. Toddlers are discerning and provide real time, perpetual performance appraisals.

Cara Martin obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland under the direction of Dr. Reinhard Radermacher at the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE). Following graduation, Ms. Martin worked in Albany, NY supporting many of the program offerings provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NSERDA). After working in the HVAC and Buildings industry for six years evaluating energy efficiency and conservation opportunities, Ms. Martin joined Optimized Thermal Systems, Inc., a small business established out of the University of Maryland by none other than her graduate advisor, Dr. Radermacher. Now serving as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Martin is responsible for daily operations of the company, including support in managing projects, growing client relations, and developing future business. She is a member of ASHRAE, a former LEED® Accredited Professional (AP), and previously certified by ASHRAE as a Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP).