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Adrienne Esposito

Adrienne holds a degree in Geology and Environmental Science from CW Post University. She is a co-founder of Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) and has worked on numerous environmental campaigns for over 25 years. Adrienne has crafted campaigns to engage the public on environmental protection issues including but not limited to remediation of toxic plumes, stewardship of land and water, support for large scale renewable energy projects, reduced pesticide application, and more. Adrienne is a member of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory Citizens Advisory Committee, Long Island Sound Citizens Advisory Committee, Brookhaven Community Coalition, The Forge River Taskforce, and the Northport Water Quality Protection Committee. Adrienne also served as a member of Governor Cuomo’s Transition Team – Energy and Environment. Adrienne has been honored by the US Environmental Protection Agency, The Business News, Times Review, Southampton College, New York League of Conservation Voters, and the Long Island Pine Barrens Society for her work.

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Andrew Brooks

Mr. Brooks received a B.A. in History from Adelphi University in 1997 and an M.A. in Environmental Policy from American University's School of International Service in 2000. He has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 11 years in both the Air Traffic Organization and Airports Division. He currently serves as the Eastern Region's Environmental Program Manager for the Airports Division. In this role, he oversees environmental program elements for seven states and the District of Columbia. He provides guidance to the regional staff on environmental matters including implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, Federal Aviation Regulations Part 150, and special purpose laws governing over 20 resource areas. He has managed several complex environmental analyses for expanding airport capacity at Philadelphia International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Norfolk International Airport, and for Clark County, Nevada serving the City of Las Vegas. Mr. Brooks also works closely with airport sponsors ranging from large Commercial Service facilities (such as La Guardia and JFK International Airports) to small General Aviation airports (such as Brookhaven and East Hampton Airports) on facility capital planning, project financing, and compliance with FAA rules and requirements.

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Amit Bandyopadhyay

Amit Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is a Distinguished Service Professor and the Chair of the Department of Architecture and Construction Management. Dr. Bandyopadhyay’ primary research field is construction engineering and management. He has numerous publications in construction productivity. His research in the development of inference structures with incomplete or unavailable data and work on use of waterjet in construction has attracted national and international interest. He was part of a National Science Foundations multi million dollar project on integrated learning. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Bandyopadhyay worked for United Engineers and Constructors as a lead engineer engaged in design and construction of nuclear structures. Previously Dr. Bandyopadhyay worked for M.N. Dastur, an international consulting firm. There he designed chemical and steel plants. Dr. Bandyopadhyay is a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey, he is a fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and the current Division Chair of the Construction Engineering division of American Society for Engineering Education. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Calcutta and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State University.

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Charles Rubenstein

Charles Rubenstein is a tenured professor of engineering and information science at Pratt Institute’s graduate School of Information and Library Science in New York, New York and has been a visiting professor of engineering at Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Farmingdale, New York. He has an earned doctorate in bioengineering (Polytechnic Institute of New York) and master’s in library and information science (Pratt Institute). He has received many IEEE honors including the IEEE’s Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Professionalism Award, an IEEE-USA Citation of Honor, IEEE Centennial Outstanding Young Engineer, an IEEE Third Millennium Medals, and an IEEE Regional Activities Board Innovation Award. An internationally known distinguished lecturer for Engineering Management and Computer Society Tutorial Programs, he has delivered HTML, eCommerce, wireless technology, Leadership Skills, and ‘Scalability of Membership’ presentations, tutorials and workshops throughout the world. Dr. Rubenstein was 2010-2011 IEEE Director and Region 1 Chair (NE USA), is 2012-2014 Chair of the IEEE-USA Conferences Committee and the creator of several IEEE Conferences including the Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT) Conference held annually at Farmingdale State College. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.

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Ciro Capano

Ciro J. Capano received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science from Hofstra University in 1975. In 1979, he received his Master of Science Degree in Engineering Mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Capano is a registered Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

In 1982, Mr. Capano was a founding partner in the firm of Capano and Parker Engineers, P.C. The firm has provided design and consulting services in the areas of structural, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering in the tri-state area for over 30 years and continues to work closely with owners and architects to achieve energy efficient design in all their projects.

Mr. Capano has participated in numerous LEED projects for New Construction as the primary design consultant for HVAC, Power and Lighting, Plumbing, Fire Protection, and Structural Design.

Among the LEED projects are the Southampton Post Office which attained LEED Gold in 2011and is the first post office on Long Island to achieve a LEED certification and the M and T Bank in Brooklyn which attained LEED Gold in 2012. Currently, Capano and Parker Engineers, P.C. are the engineers of record for a new multi-story building at the Huntington YMCA and will assist in attaining LEED certification for the project.

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Elsie Low

Ms. Siu-Wan Elsie Low's successful career as owner's representative in complex, multi-million dollar healthcare capital projects spanned two decades. Her experiences focused on hospital renovations at a dozen New York Area hospitals. Elsie is currently the Project Director for North Shore LIJ Health System's Eastern Region. She has been in the health system for over 7 years. She was previously employed by Continuum Health System, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and New York-Presbyterian. Her recent notable accomplishment is the first Platinum LEED Certified Katz Women's Hospital at Manhasset, NY. Elsie has a BSAT from NYIT and is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in BD+C. She is also an AHA Certified Healthcare Constructor.

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Gordian Raacke

Gordian Raacke is the founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable energy practices.

He works with the Long Island Power Authority and regional stakeholder organizations conducting outreach activities on LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island and renewable energy initiatives. With a track record on regional energy issues since 1993, Gordian is regarded as an important clean energy expert by the regional media, elected officials, and the public.

In prior positions, he served as executive director of a federal court-appointed utility watchdog group and worked as an energy consultant to the Suffolk County Legislature. Gordian is a founding member of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) and serves on a number of advisory bodies, including Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (Innovation and Industry Cluster Work Group), the State Energy Research & Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Advisory Group, and the Long Island Carbon Footprint Project Steering Committee.

Gordian established WindWorks4LI, a coalition in support of a Long Island/NYC offshore wind park, helped build the solar and green building markets on Long Island, publishes the Long Island Green Guide and was trained by Vice President Al Gore to present as a Climate Leader and mentor for the Climate Reality Project. Most recently, he established an initiative to study and promote a 100 percent renewable electricity future for the region.

Born and raised in Germany, Mr. Raacke holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. He lives in his energy-efficient and solar-powered home in East Hampton, NY.

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Guy Sliker

Guy Sliker is the Director for Renewable Energy Resources and Technology at the New York Power Authority, the nation's largest state-owned power organization. Mr. Sliker has been working in the distributed generation and renewable energy fields for 20 years, primarily with public and private electric utility companies. At his current position at the New York Power Authority Mr. Sliker is responsible for the implementation of the company's distributed energy resources, renewable energy and electric transportation programs. Mr. Sliker has a BA in Economics and an MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Massachusetts.

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Javad Tavakoli

Javad Tavakoli is a professor at Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has earned his doctoral degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey and is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. His teaching teaches kinetics and reactor design, chemical engineering laboratories, environmental engineering, and alternative energy sources. His research interests include renewable energy sources, catalysis, industrial wastewater treatment, and hazardous waste treatment.

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Jonathan Lane

Jonathan Lane is the founder and CEO of Quad State Solar, Inc. (QSS) A highly respected member of the Long Island/New York City solar community, Jonathan is also a founding member of the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA), as well as the Lead Solar Instructor at Farmingdale State College. Additionally, he holds NABCEB certifications for PV Installation and PV Technical sales, as well as an IREC ISPQ accreditation as a Certified PV Instructor.

Prior to establishing QSS, Jonathan charted a thirty year career as an independent technologist, consulting to financial firms on Wall Street while designing and building their trading floors and the data centers that support them. A self made entrepreneur, Jonathan’s passion for solar energy (an interest fueled by personal solar projects) led him to the decision to open his own solar energy installation firm.

Since opening the doors at QSS, Jonathan’s business has grown with the solar industry, and he has sold, designed, and installed hundreds of residential and commercial solar systems, ranging from six panel systems on a New York City brownstone, to 100kW solar systems spanning across warehouses and shopping centers. Quad State Solar, Inc. currently operates in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Building on a strong past with solid fundamentals, QSS is poised and ready to continue its growth and success, and break new ground as the solar energy industry continues to mature and evolve in the future.

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Kamal Shahrabi

Dr. Kamal Shahrabi received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 1983, the M.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College in New York, New York, NY, in 1985 and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from City University Of New York, New York, NY, in 1992. Kamal Shahrabi is a Dean of School of Engineering Technologies and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He has been a professor in the Technology Department at Kean University of New Jersey since 1986-2007 and has been a Chairperson of the department since September 1998-2007. Dr. Shahrabi has published several papers in various areas of Communication, Robot Tracking in Space, Wireless Communication, Impact of Globalization of Advanced Telecommunication Technologies in Developing Countries, and High Speed Optical Satellite Communication and Femtosecond Pulse Shaping. Dr. Shahrabi has several years of experience in the areas of digital signal processing, space tracking, communication and satellite control systems while doing research at City University of New York for NASA.

In addition, he has worked as a Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department with Institut Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia and he developed an engineering curriculum with DSP specialization for the institute (ITHO) during his stay.

His research interests are in the fields of Digital Signal Processing Algorithms, Spread Spectrum, nanotechnology, and Wireless Communication Systems.

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Kristen Bacorn

Kristen Bacorn is often called a pioneer of the green movement.

Kristen has been an environmentalist since the 1970s, when she wrote an environmental impact statement for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and performed energy research for a foreign oil-producer. In architecture school, she received a university-wide award for architectural theory. Her graduate studies at Harvard are concentrated on sustainable business models.

Kristen worked on the construction site of the world's 1st LEED residential hi-rise, The Solaire, and has been retained as an expert on innumerable projects. She is currently serving as LEED AP at SONY Tower, the famous "Chippendale Building" in Manhattan, as well as Costas Kondylis' The Future Condo and a Museum of African Art in Brooklyn.

Kristen is also a dedicated educator. She wrote the 1st environmental building course accepted by NY Dept. of State. At the request of State University of New York, she has developed a sustainability curriculum, one of the first to be offered at a major university system.

As a lecturer and educator in great demand, Kristen speaks at large conventions, and her interviews are featured in national print, radio and TV. In 2011 & 2012, she addressed the United Nations. She spoke at the NY Javits Center GoGreen Expo, appeared on national Talk Radio and filmed a pilot for Lifetime TV. She has also granted interviews to the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the Village Voice and other publications.

Kristen Bacorn possesses a wealth of knowledge, fine reputation and an accessible personality. She is a rare presence in the green movement, devoted to assisting everyone from uprooted workers to owners of national portfolios.

Kristen welcomes opportunities to share her industry expertise with those who may benefit from her unique insights.

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Lisa Broughton

Lisa Broughton has served as Acting Energy Director for Suffolk County since 2008, and is the project manager on the Solar Carport Project and county’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Using that grant, she designed an innovative LEED accreditation course for county and town planning professionals. The program has resulted in 34 LEED GA including 18 LEED AP accredited local municipal employees. Suffolk County also purchased solar PV street lights for a successful pilot project in Yaphank.

As an economic developer, Lisa serves as a point person for manufacturing companies and businesses in the emerging fields of clean energy, high-technology and bio-technology in the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy with specialty in Environmental and Energy policy and is accredited as LEED AP in Building, Design and Construction.

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Marjaneh Issapour

She is a graduate of Columbia University with the Master Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. She is a full time faculty at the department of Electrical /Computer Engineering Technology and an active member of the Solar Energy Center at the college. Currently she serves as the Program Director of Renewable Sustainable Energy Center at Farmingdale State college.

Marj holds the Professional Engineering License in New York state. She is also a Cisco certified (CCNA). Her area of research is Renewable and Alternative energy sources. She has been employed by AT& T Information Systems, Siemens Data Switching and NEC. She has received the prestige’s Chancellor’s Award for excellence in faculty service in 2007. She has also been a recipient of Rene Chasmen Affirmative action Award. She is a motivational speaker for women in Science and Engineering.

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Michael Canders

Dr. Michael F. Canders earned his PhD from Walden University (Minneapolis, MN) in Applied Management and Decision Sciences. He earned a MBA with a specialization in Finance from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). He is also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science (BS). Dr. Canders is a FAA certificated commercial airplane and helicopter pilot with nearly 4,000 flying hours and over 33 years of experience in flying operations and maintenance. He is currently an Associate Professor of Aviation at Farmingdale State College (SUNY). His professional career prior to joining academia is nearly evenly split between the private sector and military service. Following graduation from the Naval Academy, Dr. Canders served as an aircraft carrier-based helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy. He left active duty after 8 1/2 years of service and joined the private sector as a manager and executive in electronics manufacturing companies on Long Island, New York. He continued his service in the Reserves as a rescue helicopter pilot serving with the 106 Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard best known for its portrayal in the book and film, “The Perfect Storm". After 9/11 2001, Dr. Canders volunteered to leave his civilian career to return to full-time military service as the Commander of the 106 Rescue Wing and Base Commander of the Gabreski Air National Guard base. During his tenure, the Wing was credited with 328 lives saved. He finished his military career as the Commander of the main US Air Base in Baghdad Iraq in 2009 and 2010. He retired from the military in 2010 and returned to the private sector as the President of an electronics manufacturing division of a major New York-based Corporation which reached $221 million in revenue during his tenure. He left the private sector and accepted his current position with Farmingdale State College in August of 2012.

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Michael Deering

Michael Deering joined the Long Island Power Authority in November, 2007 as LIPA’s first Vice President for Environmental Affairs. Mr. Deering oversees the Authority’s energy efficiency and renewable technology programs. In addition, Mr. Deering is a lead member of the LIPA-PSEG transition team where he will play a major role on how LIPA transitions to its new service provider beginning January 1, 2014.

Mr. Deering brings over 25 years of environmental and energy experience to LIPA having served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business and civic organization. Prior to the Long Island Association, he served as the first Commissioner of Suffolk County’s Department of Environment and Energy where he helped plan for and incorporated energy efficiency and renewables into its facilities including LEEDS legislation, created the County’s initial Clean Energy Action Plan, and helped to overhaul and administered the county’s open space and farmland preservation programs. Prior to his tenure with the County, he served first as Legislative Director for the New York State Legislative Commission on Water Resource Needs of Long Island and later as Chief of Staff for New York State Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli.

LIPA’s energy efficiency and renewable programs continue to thrive under Deering’s leadership. Mr. Deering was instrumental in the creation and implementation of a 32MW solar farm, which is hosted on the property of Brookhaven National Laboratory, solar carports on county-owned properties, the Clean Sun Initiative which is the first solar feed-in tariff in the state of New York, and Efficiency Long Island, one of the most ambitious energy efficiency programs in the country. These programs continue to position LIPA as a national leader in the advancement of energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

Mr. Deering has crafted and negotiated legislative measures to protect and preserve open space, remediate properties , protect the island's underground drinking water supply and water resources surrounding the island and throughout the state, and to address the public health implications of pesticides.

Michael Deering has served on the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Water Authority, the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, the State Board of Environmental Advocates, Long Island Board of the New York State League of Conservation Voters as well as a number of local, regional and state technical and policy committees.

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Michael Veracka

Michael Veracka is Chairman of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture and an Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College. Michael is a frequent lecturer and writer on a wide variety of design and horticultural topics. His teaching interests and design practice focus on sustainable design, edible landscaping and the adaptive reuse of urban spaces. Michael has won numerous design awards and his work has been featured in Garden Design magazine; Organic Gardening magazine; People, Places and Plants magazine; Rhode Island Monthly magazine; the Boston Globe magazine; the Boston Herald and numerous other publications.

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Mohammed Abdallah

M. Abdallah received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University TTU, TN, USA. In August 2010, he worked as an assistant professor at the same university. Dr. Abdallah was a recipient of the TTU Graduate Student Research Award in 2009 and 2010. He received the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award in TTU, 2010. Since September 2011, he has been an Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology department at State University of New York Institute of Technology SUNYIT. He received the Individual Development Award, State of New York, United University Professions- SUNYIT Joint Labor Management, 2012.

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Nazrul Islam

M. Nazrul Islam is an Assistant Professor at SUNY – Farmingdale. He also worked at Old Dominion University, University of South Alabama, University of West Florida, and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He published more than 130 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include optical communication, wireless communication, digital image processing and solid state devices. He is a Senior Member of SPIE and a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Neil Rosen

Mr. Rosen is a Registered Architect, LEED AP and CHFM and EDAC Accredited Professional with over 29 years experience in the design, construction and operations of healthcare facilities. He holds a Master of Science degree in Energy Management.

Neil is the Chairman of the Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group for USGBC National as well as a Board Member of the USGBC-Long Island Chapter. He is a Founding Board Member of the LI Geothermal Exchange Organization.

In his current position as Director of Sustainable Development at the North Shore LIJ Health System, he is responsible coordinating the System’s Sustainability Initiatives. He facilitates the certification of all system’s projects under the USGBC’s LEED rating systems, currently managing more than 50 projects. He served as Project Team Administrator for the First Hospital in New York to be awarded LEED Platinum.

Prior, he worked as an MEP Project Manager for Turner Construction in NYC.

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Orla LoPiccolo

Orla Smyth LoPiccolo is a registered architect who joined the faculty of the Department of Architecture and Construction Management in September 2008. Prior to joining Farmingdale State College, Professor LoPiccolo was an adjunct professor for the Department of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology for 5 years. Professor LoPiccolo received her undergraduate and professional degree with honors from Dublin Institute of Technology - Bolton Street College of Technology and Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland, and her post-professional degree in Architecture Urban Regional Design from New York Institute of Technology. Subsequently Professor LoPiccolo received a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Management from New York University where she was awarded the Excellence in Academic Achievement Award. Professor LoPiccolo has private sector architecture and project management experience in both Dublin, Ireland and on Long Island, NY, and public sector experience as an architect and a Community Development Project Supervisor with the Town of Islip, NY. She is an active member of campus groups and she is currently the Chair of the Calendar Committee. Off campus, Professor LoPiccolo has been the Secretary and Treasurer of American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Middle Atlantic Section and was recently elected as Chair Elect of this section. In addition to her numerous presentations and publications on her research in teaching sustainable construction methods, and service learning, Professor LoPiccolo has New York State Building and Energy Code certifications, Passive House consultant training, International Code Council (ICC) certifications - Green Building, and Residential Energy, and Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications - Building Analyst Professional and Building Envelope Professional. Professor LoPiccolo was awarded a Title III Students First grant to introduce freshmen students to sustainable construction methods. Professor LoPiccolo currently teaches Materials and Methods of Construction I, Graphics I, Graphics II, Construction Design, and Site Design and Construction.

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Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer is a Vice President with WSP Flack+Kurtz, a consulting engineering firm. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in the construction, operation and maintenance of major building systems for the biopharmaceutical and medical manufacturing industries. He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and has been a Professional Engineer for twenty five years. He is an expert in building commissioning, energy auditing, energy modeling, and LEED project administration.

Mr. Meyer is a LEED Accredited Professional, and past Secretary of the U.S. Green Building Council, Long Island Chapter. He is the Chairman of the LEED 2012 Regionalization Committee for the chapter. He is also Chairman of the LEED Education Committee for the Long Island chapter. Mr. Meyer has taught the LEED rating system at Stony Brook University. He has given presentations on LEED and commissioning for the USGBC, ASHRAE, and other organizations. Mr. Meyer is also a volunteer presenter for the Urban Green Council (NYC USGBC chapter).

Mr. Meyer has been involved with over 125 LEED registered projects ranging from a 420 sq. ft. LEED Commercial Interior project to several LEED New Construction platinum level projects. These projects range from Boston to Miami. He has also been an Expert Consultant for the USGBC in defense of a LEED Certification complaint, concerning building commissioning.

Mr. Meyer is past Treasurer of the Building Commissioning Association – Northeast Regional Chapter, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) and a Green Building Engineer (GBE) by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Mr. Meyer has written and teaches a credit bearing undergraduate class in building commissioning for Farmingdale State College. He also sits on the Farmingdale State College’s Green Building Institute Advisory Panel.

Mr. Meyer also sits on the Stony Brook University’s Advance Energy Training Institute Advisory Panel.

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Peter Gollon

Peter Gollon earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Columbia University in 1969. He then started working at what was to become Fermilab, the world's largest high energy physics research laboratory outside of Chicago; first participating in the design of the laboratory and ultimately becoming responsible for radiation safety at the 2000 person, 10 square mile laboratory.

He moved to Long Island in 1979, and for some years split his time between Brookhaven National Laboratory and a family business before devoting himself to just the latter. After retiring in 2007 he decided to put his science and business background to use through activism focused on climate change and renewable energy, and has been Energy Chair for the Long Island Sierra Club since 2009.

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Richard Perez

Richard Perez is a Research Professor at the University at Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He sits on the Advisory Board of the GW Solar Insititute at GW University in Washington, DC, and has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). He has produced over 250 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports and holds two US patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics. He has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE, the ASES highest award: the Charles Greeley Abbot Award; and the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Villum Kann Rasmussen Fonden (Velux Foundation, Copenhagen Denmark).

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Robert Amundsen

Dr. Robert N. Amundsen is the Director of the M.S. in Energy Management program at New York Institute of Technology, and President of the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. His professional society memberships include the Cogeneration Institute, and the Environmental Engineers & Managers Institute. He is a Certified Energy Manager, and a Distributed Generation Certified Professional. He served as Engineering Faculty Advisor for the NYIT Solar Decathlon Team, and he is a recipient of the Environmental Educator of the Year Award.

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Sail Van Nostrand

Sail Van Nostrand has been a leader in the construction and project management field for over thirty years. From high-rise office buildings to local libraries, Sail is recognized for his attention to detail and his personal commitment to his clients. An early adopter of sustainable technologies, Sail founded Energy By Choice, a solar energy design and installation company in Northport, to apply his expertise to the growing field of sustainable energy solutions.

Mr. Van Nostrand demonstrates his commitment to the solar industry by being an active member and official in leading Solar Energy organizations. Sail previously served as chairman of LISEIA and he is the current President of NYSEIA, the only statewide non-profit association dedicated solely to advancing the solar energy industry in New York State.

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Serdar Elgun

Serdar Z. Elgun received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Aegean University of Izmir, Turkey, in 1977, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1981, where he worked on “Thermal Gradient Solar Pond” and “Off-peak Energy Storage in Phase Change Materials” funded by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Between 1981 and 1982, he attended the graduate program in New Mexico State University and worked on “Thermal Storage of Solar Energy” project. Between 1992 and 1996, he attended the graduate program in the Material Science Engineering department at Stony Brook University and conducted research on “Crack Propagation through PS and PMMA Interface during Impact.” In 1982, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Technology department of Farmingdale State College. Currently, he is serving as the acting chair of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering Technology Departments and also the assistant director of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center. He has been an active member of the Farmingdale Solar Energy Center serving in various capacities since its inception in 2000. He developed the Mechanical Engineering Technology B.S. program, the Facility Management B.S. program, and five online courses that have been offered through SUNY Learning Network (SLN). He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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Steven Bellone

Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone took office on January 1, 2012. Previously, he served since 2001 as Babylon Town Supervisor.

In Babylon, County Executive Bellone kept that town in excellent fiscal standing even as the recession put governments at all levels in deep financial trouble. He reduced the town's debt every year he was in office, eliminated red tape to attract new businesses to Long Island, and delivered a $4.3 million dollar tax cut to residents.

Bellone is committed to using that same approach to reduce Suffolk's debt, improve Suffolk's business environment and keep taxes low. Bellone is serious about property tax reforms to reduce the burden on homeowners which is why he supports Governor Cuomo's property tax cap. And Bellone thinks it's a shame that young people are leaving Long Island at record rates due the high cost of housing and the lack of good-paying jobs. That's why he will incentivize businesses to move to Suffolk County and help young people stay by creating good jobs and making it less expensive to live here.

An Army Veteran, Steven Bellone feels strongly that we have an important obligation to our returning veterans. He has helped to raise nearly half a million dollars for wounded soldiers by sponsoring annual Soldier Rides with the Wounded Warrior Project and Run for the Warriors in partnership with RWDSU Local 338 to benefit Hope for the Warriors. He placed a banner across the pillars of Town Hall that reads "Thank you to our Veterans, God Bless America" at the start of the war in Iraq. He rejected efforts by two different organizations to force the town to remove the banner and pledged to keep it in place until all of our troops have returned home. Bellone also led a campaign in the Town of Babylon to support the building of the National World War II Memorial that raised more than $25,000. He organized and escorted three busloads of WWII veterans down to Washington, DC for the dedication of the memorial in 2004.

Bellone’s environmental and community revitalization initiatives have been nationally recognized for their pioneering and innovative approaches. In 2006, Babylon was the first Town on Long Island to adopt Energy Star standards for new home construction, saving residents money on their energy bills. Later that same year, Babylon adopted the most comprehensive green building code in the nation. In 2008, Bellone created the first property assessed clean energy (PACE) efficiency program in the country, Long Island Green Homes. He has lectured around the country and in Canada about this groundbreaking program that has been featured on CNN and in the NY Times and Washington Post.

In 2002, he launched Wyandanch Rising, a comprehensive, community based approach to revitalizing the most economically distressed community on Long Island. In 2009, the NYS Department of State named Wyandanch one of just three "Spotlight Communities" in the state. Wyandanch Rising was also selected in 2010 by the United States Green Building Council as one of ten projects in the nation to showcase the new LEED for Neighborhood Development standard.

Quality of Life issues have been a major focus of Bellone’s career. In Babylon, he targeted serial code offenders and slumlords by creating the Quality of Life Taskforce and naming a special prosecutor for quality of life cases. He created the first Suburban Community Court in New York State in an historic partnership with the Office of Court Administration and the Suffolk County District Court. These two programs have had dramatic results: illegal businesses that were opened in residential communities have been closed, illegal rooming houses have been shut down and abandoned buildings that have sat vacant for years have been leveled.

Bellone has been a leader in using innovative solutions to solve challenges. As a father of two young daughters and a son, Bellone believes that the foremost obligation of government is to protect the most vulnerable members of our society and so, using GIS mapping technology, Bellone implemented a first-of-its-kind system to enforce residency restrictions on sex offenders. Five years ago, Bellone was the first leader in the region to use GPS technology to increase efficiency in the town’s snow plows and car fleet and later he successfully implemented free Wi-Fi internet access in all parks for Babylon residents.

Steven Bellone is a graduate of North Babylon High School and he earned a BA degree at Queens College in 1991. Enlisting in the US Army in 1992, County Executive Bellone served as a Communications Specialist stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. During his service in the Army, he was awarded commendations for meritorious service and earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration by attending night classes at Webster University. Bellone earned his Law degree from Fordham University and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1999.

He has received numerous awards for his leadership. In 2010, Bellone was named "Government Official of the Year" by the Association for a Better Long Island, one of the region's largest business groups. In 2009, he was named "Environmentalist of the Year" by the Sierra Club on Long Island and Government Official of the Year by the USGBC LI Chapter. Babylon was also selected as one of 15 international cities - a list that includes New York, London, Copenhagen, San Francisco and Vancouver - to participate in the Carbon War Room .That same year, Babylon was the recipient of a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Excellence Award.

County Executive Bellone resides in West Babylon with his wife, Tracey and their three children.

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Valerie Strauss

Valerie Strauss is the Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc. (ACE NY) whose emission is to promote clean, renewable electricity and energy efficiency in New York. ACE NY engages in public policy advocacy with a broad variety of stakeholders to promote clean energy technologies. Prior to joining ACE NY she was a Senior Policy Analyst with the law firm of Young, Sommer in Albany, NY, where she was a lobbyist on behalf of the American Wind Energy Association during adoption of New York’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. Ms. Strauss has many years of experience in environmental policy in the United States and Europe. Prior to moving to New York, she worked for environmental consulting firms and non-profit organizations in Washington, DC, and Madrid, Spain, on energy, biodiversity, water and agricultural policy. Ms. Strauss has degrees in geography and urban planning from UC Berkeley and UCLA.

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Victor Canseco

The design and construction of the built environment has always followed a linear process passing from architect to structural engineer to MEP engineer to civil engineer to landscape architect. As we know now, because this approach ignores the interrelationships of all the different systems present in the site and building, it fails to optimize the whole building system. In fact, in the process of optimizing some systems, others are “pessimized”. So called high performance sites and buildings are achievable only by addressing a building’s systems and their interrelationships. This requires a change in mindset on the part of those involved in the process which must become focused on the whole as opposed to the parts. Victor Canseco, LEED AP, BD+C, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the founding principle of Sandpebble, a 37 year old project management firm located in Southampton. Following the principles of integrative design, the firm’s focus involves working to change the mindset of a project team and stakeholders to encourage an iterative, whole systems approach to the design and construction of the built environment.

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W. Hubert Keen

Dr. Keen became President of Farmingdale State College-SUNY in January 2007, having served for two years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Farmingdale.

He began his academic career in 1976 in Biological Science at SUNY Cortland rising through the ranks to serve as Dean of Arts and Sciences. His teaching and research areas are in ecology, environmental science, aquatic biology and biostatistics.

He served as Special Assistant to the System Provost in the State University of New York central offices where his work led to the development of the SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center in the city. He served as Interim President at SUNY College at Old Westbury, and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at York College in the City University of New York.

He has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a U.S. Public Health Service Fellowship, and a Fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service. He serves on the boards of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Project Grad Long Island, and the LI Index Advisory Board, and currently chairs the LIRACHE Long Island Presidents-Superintendents Group.

He earned the BA in Biology with a minor in German from Pikeville College, the MS in physiological ecology from Eastern Kentucky University and the PhD from Kent State University in ecology.

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William Feldmann

Mr. Feldmann has been a leader in the renewable energy field for 10 years. He has consulted on small residential to multi megawatt PV projects. In 2005 Mr. Feldmann, along with Mr. Terrence Reilly founded Empire Clean Energy Supply(ECES) , a local distributor of renewable energy equipment. They started offering Photovoltaic equipment, and have since added solar thermal, and Geothermal equipment.

Mr .Feldmann has received recognition for his work from :Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Farmingdale University, The New York Solar Energy Industries Association(NYSEIA), The Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA), The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), And others. Bill has demonstrated his commitment to a clean energy future by being an active member of leading renewable energy associations. He serves as a board member of The New York Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a founding member and Chairman of The Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association., and a founding member of the newly formed Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization.

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Xiaowen Zhang

Dr. Xiaowen Zhang is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and a doctoral faculty member at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been actively engaged in research and publishing in refereed journals and conference proceedings in the areas of information security, cryptography, RFID, biometrics, quantum computing, mobile computing, and wireless communications. Prior to joining CSI, he worked in both academia as a lecturer and industry as a software and electronic engineer. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the City University of New York in 2007, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University in 1999.

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Yellesphur Dathatri

A resident of Farmingdale, Professor Dathatri joined the Farmingdale State faculty over twenty years ago. He is recognized, both locally and nationally, for his exemplary service and work in developing infrastructure in the form of trained professionals on solar energy. His work was published in a recent article on Solar Thermal Systems in Newsday. Additionally, he has published, along with his colleagues, several papers on education and solar energy in refereed journals. He is the founder and director of the Farmingdale State Solar Energy Center, which is the site of the first large-scale grid connected Photovoltaic system in the northeastern United States.

He received the 2006 Research Foundation Award for Research and Scholarship for his exemplary service and work in developing solar energy as an alternative energy source.

Professor Dathatri has been awarded grants from LIPA, KEYSPAN and the Federal Department of Energy. Most recently, he worked with Senator Charles Fuschillo (R, Merrick) to secure a New York State grant to construct an energy independent house on the Farmingdale State campus. Through Professor Dathatri's efforts, the Farmingdale State Solar Energy Center became the first accredited institution in the Northeast by the Institute for Sustainable Power (ISP).

Professor Dathatri obtained his Professional Engineering License from New York State in 1989. Professor Dathatri is a graduate of Bangalore University, where he earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees. He also received a M.S. degree from Stony Brook University.

The Distinguished Service Professorship honors and recognizes extraordinary service. Recipients have demonstrated substantial distinguished service, not only at the campus and the State University, but also within their local community, and at the regional and State levels. Many have also contributed at the national and international levels. To be considered, the faculty member's service must exceed his or her job description, extend over multiple years and, very importantly, must involve the application of intellectual skills, drawing from the candidate's scholarly and research interests to issues of public concern.

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