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ELECTRI Council Meets in Chicago
July 18, 2012
ELECTRI Council members gathered at the Intercontinental in Chicago for their mid-July meeting. The primary focus of the two-day event was interaction and discussions with academic researchers and colleagues from across the country.
Early Career Award Projects
Early Career Award Projects Faculty members from Georgia Tech, Ball State, Stetson University and Auburn University each offered their project perspective, hoping to be selected for one of ELECTRI's annual Early Career Award Projects. After the Council analyzed each entry, they selected the following projects at $7,000 each for 2012:
- Generating Success: An Exploration of the Issues Facing the Electrical Construction Industry through the Lens of Family Business, Dr. Greg McCann and Dr. Michelle DeMoss, Family Enterprise Center, School of Business Administration, Stetson University
- Integrating Electrical Contracting into a Construction Management Program, Mark Tatum, PE, School of Building Science, Auburn University
Task Forces In Action
Council members participated in several sessions with senior researchers as they launch their 2012 projects (awarded in January 2012). The project teams included:
Promoting EC Careers through Student Chapters & Energy Efficiency Research, Thais Alves, Ph.D., San Diego State University
EC 2020: Strategies for EC Business Development, David Riley, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; Thomas Glavinich, D.E., P.E., The University of Kansas; Justin Reginato, Ph.D., P.E., LEED Green Associate, California State University, Sacramento
Effective Look-ahead Scheduling for EC, Lingguang Song, Ph.D., University of Houston
Change Order Overhead % Guidelines for Electrical and Low Voltage Subcontractors, Matt Syal, Ph.D., CPC, LEED AP, Michigan State University
Darrell Gossett (ERMCO, Inc.), Chair of the ELECTRI Council and Vice Chair of the ELECTRI Board of Trustees, welcomed Council members and guests and reported on ELECTRI's program progress and fund-raising success this year. He especially noted and thanked those NECA Chapters that are reporting on ELECTRI's progress as a regular part of their Chapter programming.
Dennis F. Quebe, (Chapel Electric) Chair of the ELECTRI Board of Trustees and President of NECA, addressed the Council with an overview of progress being made with ELECTRI's new streamlined Board. He also provided a brief update on activities and progress within NECA.
Ready for Publication
On the second morning, ELECTRI Council members, eager to learn about research results from recently-completed projects, heard presentations from three senior researchers.
An Economic Analysis of Portability, Justin Reginato, Cal State, Sacramento - NOW available here
Smart Grid: Installation and Construction Management Aspects for Electrical Contractors, Matt Syal, Michigan State University - Available in August 2012
Combining Charging Station Installation with Energy Efficiency Upgrades, Lonny Simonian and Thomas Korman, Cal Poly State University - Available in September 2012
Matt Syal reported on his review and analysis of ELECTRI's research process and priorities. His work was part of the comprehensive governance and operations study, Preparing ELECTRI for the Next 20 Years, conducted jointly by Fazio International Ltd. and Michigan State University.
Students Take The Stage
At the Council dinner, guests were treated to a presentation and slide show about the recently completed Student Chapter International Service Project in Costa Rica. The Cal Poly team showed their tremendous energy and dedication to bringing electrical service to a rural school near the area known as Pacha Mama.
Samuel Almaraz, Cal Poly NECA Student Chapter President, explained why student involvement with ELECTRI and NECA is so important. "These projects are key to bringing interested students into the industry. Allowing students to work on projects and allowing us to go to ELECTRI meetings and conferences will create a good relationship between current [contractor] staff and potential future staff [current students]."