Calendar of Events

AEE-LI Chapter Meeting May 22, 2017, featuring Bruce Curtis of Pearl Street Lighting on LED Lighting Technology

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Mr. Bruce Curtis, P.E., President of Pearl Street LED Lighting Systems, who presented on LED Lighting Technology and Controls at our May 22, 2017 meeting.

Mr. Curtis began his career with Con Edison of NY working in various roles in the power generation and electrical distribution divisions.  After Con Edison, he co-founded two successful energy start-up companies, The Dome-Tech Group and DT Solar. Mr. Curtis has led numerous large energy/facility projects at leading tri-state healthcare institutions including Montefiore Medical Center, NYU Medical Center, Beth Israel, Columbia Presbyterian, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. He is a Professional Engineer, Building Commissioning Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional and a LEED AP. He earned a B.E. in Engineering at SUNY Maritime College. For more information about Pearl Street LED Lighting Systems, click here:

AEE-LI Chapter Meeting April 24, 2017 – Tom Pirone, Lime Energy, on Distributed Energy and Energy Efficiency Programs under New York State REV

At our April 24, 2017 meeting, the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Tom Pirone, Vice President, Lime Energy, who presented on Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency Programs under the New York State Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative.

AEE-LI Chapter Meeting Monday March 27, 2017, featuring Dr. Amundsen on Heron of Alexandria

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Dr. Robert Amundsen, our chapter founder and President, to present ”Hero of Alexandria: The World’s First Energy Engineer?” on Monday March 27, 2017, at the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT. Dr. Amundsen is Director of the Graduate Program of Energy Management at NYIT, as well as a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED Accredited Professional.

This meeting featured a documentary about Hero of Alexandria (also known as Heron of Alexandria), followed by discussion. Often called “The Thomas Edison of the Ancient World” or “The Leonardo da Vinci of Antiquity,” he built elaborate machines which were marvels of ingenuity.

AEE-LI to sponsor 5-day CEM Prep course Jul 24-28, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Long Island Chapter of the Association of  Engineers, and NYIT, will sponsor the five day Certified Energy Manager (CEM) prep course at the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT, July 24 – 28, 2017.

The regular cost of the seminar is $2195 for non-members, plus the $400 exam fee. However, we will be offering the comprehensive five day CEM prep, including the exam, for only $1895, which is a $700 discount.

Click below for general information about the CEM:

To register for the July 24 – 28 CEM prep course, we must receive the form and your check by June 16, 2017.  The form is attached  as a Word document.


You must file a separate application for the CEM with the national AEE by June 23. The exam will be given on the last day of the course. Good luck with earning the CEM certification!

AEE-LI Chapter Meeting Monday November 28, 2016 – featuring David Schieren of EmPower Solar

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Mr. David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar to our Chapter meeting on November 28, 2016 at the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT.  Mr. Schieren presented on the Solar Industry Landscape on Long Island, including residential and commercial financing options and the State Clean Energy Standard.

David co-founded EmPower in 2003 with the goal of making solar the dominant energy source in New York.  Through 2016, EmPower has installed over 1,500 residential and commercial systems on Long Island.  David is a Board Member of Vision Long Island, an organization dedicated to promoting smart growth and transit oriented development. He has a Master of Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology.

For more information on EmPower Solar, see EmPower Solar web site.


AEE-LI Chapter Meeting – Monday October 24, 2016 at 7 pm

At our Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016 Mr. Joe Ambrosio of Unique Technical Services, LLC presented and led a discussion of renewable-fuel vehicles, featuring projects on Long Island and New York City.  For more information on this topic, see the UTS web site at


June 16, 2016 – NYIT Energy Conference on Green Buildings


Contact: Robert Amundsen, Ph.D.
Conference highlights:

  • Sustainability experts discussed the latest trends in green building design.
  • How are microgrids and energy storage revolutionizing power systems.
  • Wyandanch Rising Project
  • Disruptive innovation and emerging technologies.

Special presentations by:

  • Neil G. Rosen, Director of Sustainability, Northwell Health
  • Samuel E. Cooper, II, Manager Engineering Systems, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Jory Schwach, CEO, Andium Inc.
  • Wolfgang Werner, Principal, Urban Fabrick Inc.
  • Paul Cataldo, Principal, Paul Cataldo Architecture and Planning
  • Martin S. Dettling, Senior Vice President, Albanese Organization Inc.
  • Michael Bobker, Director, Building Performance Lab, City College of New York
  • Sammy Chu, CIO, Enerlogic LLC, and Chairman, USGBC-LI

Dr. Amundsen

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May 23, 2016 – AEE-LI Meeting featuring Ryan Madden and Jay Best on Home Audit Program

At our meeting on May 23, 2016 AEE-LI welcomed Mr. Ryan Madden and Mr. Jay Best, who presented on a NYSERDA program providing Home Energy Audits on Long Island.

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Ryan Madden (seated at left) received a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Binghamton University.  Ryan joined the LIPC in September 2015 as a Community Organizer for PowerUp Communities. As the Sustainability Organizer, Ryan continues his work on PowerUp, as well as focus on campaigns to enact comprehensive climate and sustainability policy in Long Island and throughout NY State.

Jay Best (standing) is the founder and president of Green Audit USA, a full service, home efficiency company specializing in whole home solutions. Green Audit USA’s focus is to make the homes of residents in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn more comfortable, safer and more energy efficient.

For more information on the program or The Long Island Progressive Coalition, contact them at or

AEE-LI Meeting Wednesday April 20 at 7 pm at NYIT Campus – Richard deFay on Energy-efficient Motors

DeFay-AEE-LI-20160420_191812At our recent Earth Week meeting of the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Mr. Richard deFay gave an inspiring presentation on Energy-Efficient Motors.  Mr. deFay is the Project Manager, Sustainable Energy, for the Copper Development Association, Inc., (CDA) in North America He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Springfield College in Massachusetts and he has an advanced degree from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Previously, he worked for Applied Proactive Technologies (APT) as program representative for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s ( NYSERDA) Premium Efficient Motors program under the state’s Energy $mart program. He is a member of IEEE and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) as well as an ALLY Partner with the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

AEE-LI 2016 Spring Meeting Schedule

AEE-LI held its Spring 2016 Meetings on Monday March 28, Wednesday April 20 and Monday, May 23.  All Meetings were held at Anna Rubin Hall on the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT.