Calendar of Events

Monday March 30, 2020 Meeting cancelled

Due to restricted access to the NYIT campus, the Monday March 30, 2020 meeting has been postponed until Fall 2020.  Jonathan Hu of NYPA was to have presented on “Tracking Carbon Emissions using the New York Energy Manager (NYEM) Platform”.

We are considering a remote Zoom option for upcoming presentations (e.g. April 20), subject to speaker availability and technical capability.  Please stay tuned for more info.

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates

Meeting Dates for Spring 2021.  Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, all AEE LI meetings will be held via Zoom Webinar at 7 pm on Mondays:

Monday March 22, 2021

  • Vincent Benini, VP of Customer Solutions at PositivEnergy, on C&I battery solutions

Monday May 3, 2021

  • Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer at UL, responsible for Batteries, Fuel Cells and Capacitors, who will discuss safety issues

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Annual NYIT Energy Conference on Building Sustainable Communities
  • Virtual conference 1-3 pm.

Detail for the AEE-LI Fall 2021 Meetings will be provided as available.

Hope you all can attend!

November 25, 2019 AEE-LI Chapter Meeting: Joseph Lopes presents on “Disrupting the Energy Grid: How Solar Roofs, Electric Vehicles and Learning Thermostats Will Disrupt the Traditional Operation of the Electric Grid”

November 25, 2019: The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed Mr. Joseph Lopes, our own AEE-LI Secretary/Treasurer, who presented on “Disrupting the Energy Grid: How Solar Roofs, Electric Vehicles and Learning Thermostats Will Disrupt the Traditional Operation of the Electric Grid”.

Mr. Lopes has over 40 years of experience in serving the needs of the electric and gas utility industry.  His work has included energy program design, implementation and evaluation for utility residential and business programs, regulatory issues, load research analysis and systems design, demand response (DR) program implementation and evaluation (specializing in smart thermostat programs), multifamily programs, innovative pricing pilot studies, and integrated resource plans.  Before joining DNV GL in 2011, he was a founding partner of Applied Energy Group, Inc. (CFO for over 25 years).  He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Manhattan College and an M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT

October 21, 2019 AEE-LI Chapter Meeting – Mr. Rafik Galyanurov presents on “Retrofitting HVAC Systems with EC Blowers”.

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed to our meeting of October 21, 2019 at the Old Westbury Campus of NYIT Mr. Rafik Galyanurov of GRR Cooling Experts Inc., who presented on “Retrofitting HVAC Systems with EC Blowers”.

Mr. Galyanurov’s company, GRR Cooling Experts, has extensive experience in retrofitting fan arrays/AHU/ exhaust fans upgrades and replacements in large facilities, achieving average energy savings of 30-35% with 100% maintenance-free direct drive EC blowers applicable for rebates.  GRR Cooling Experts are one of the pioneers in EC technology!

To reach NYIT, take the LIE to Exit 39, Glen Cove Rd.  Drive a few miles north on Glen Cove Rd.  Make a right turn onto Northern Blvd (25A).  Go to the third traffic light.  The main entrance of NYIT is on the right.  Parking is on the right side of the entrance road; Ana Rubin Hall is on the left side of the entrance road diagonally across from the parking lot.

September 23, 2019 – AEE-LI Chapter Meeting featuring John Culbertson on Distributed Antenna Systems: A Solution for LEED Buildings

At our September 23, 2019 meeting of the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, we welcomed Mr. John Culbertson, Business Development Manager at Intelibs ( who presented on “Distributed Antenna Systems: A Solution for LEED Buildings”.  “LEED” building designs can have an unintended consequence of blocking cellular signal from entering the building – which interrupts workflow, impacts emergency preparedness, and inhibits “smart technologies” from working inside buildings. UV treated e-glass, energy efficient building products and tight envelopes all contribute to interfering with the propagation of the cellular signal from outside to inside the facilities.

Mr. Culbertson is well known in the technology industry because of his vision for bringing “Smart Grid,” “Smart Buildings,” and “Smart Cities” to fruition through fiber optics and cellular technology. John is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in sales and marketing in for companies that he worked for or founded. John is a current founding board member of Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet), one of the founding executives for Cablevision Lightpath, and the CTO/co-founder of Open Access (a fiber optic alternate carrier). John has appeared in leading publications such as Newsday, Long Island Business News, and Fortune Magazine. He is a current member of USGBC-Long Island, Urban Green Council-NYC, a Con Ed Market Partner, Energize NY Finance Partner (PACE Financing), and a past member of the New York Battery Storage Technology Consortium (NYBEST) Member.

June 4, 2019 – AEE-LI Site Visit and AEE Award to Adelphi University Cogeneration Project

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers visited the Adelphi University Integrated Cogeneration Project for our Tuesday, June 4, 2019 meeting, which included a presentation of an AEE-LI chapter award for Energy Project of the Year for 2019.  Pictured below is Chapter President Robert Amundsen, PhD. with Robert Shipley of Adelphi University!  Congratulations!!



14th Annual NYIT Energy Conference – June 13, 2019

The Long Island Chapter of AEE co-sponsored the 14th Annual NYIT Energy Conference on June 13, 2019 at deSeversky Hall on the NYIT Old Westbury Campus. The theme was:

 Energy & Facilities: Safety, Comfort, Sustainability











AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM) – Comprehensive 5-day Training and Exam: July 22-26, 2019

Long Island Chapter

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE-LI) Sponsored:

 Five Day Preparation for the CEM Exam

July 22 – 26, 2019 at NYIT Old Westbury, Schure Hall

Click below for general information about the CEM:

AEE-LI Meeting April 29, 2019 at 7 pm at NYIT, featuring New York Power Authority New York Energy Manager Program

The Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers welcomed at our meeting on Monday, April 29, 2019 Ms. Rebecca Hughes of the New York Power Authority, who presented on “How can we use big data to better manage our facilities?” Rebecca presented on the role of energy management information systems including best practices for securely collecting the right data. She also shared a recent case study from a submetering and advisory service project at Stony Brook University under the New York Power Authority (NYPA) New York Energy Manager (NYEM) Program.

Rebecca Hughes is the program manager for marketing and training for the New York Energy Manager (NYEM), a virtual energy management service of the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Prior to joining NYPA in 2017, she managed workforce development for NYSERDA for eight years. Rebecca has a passion for big ideas that make the world a better place, especially those that improve the environment and society.

Robert Bradford also assisted in the presentation.  He has more than 30 years of professional experience in mechanical engineering design, and over 15 years’ experience in energy efficiency. As the Manager of Mechanical Engineering in the Energy Efficiency Group for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), his role is that of principal oversight of both energy savings calculation conformance to NYPA standards; and also technical oversight of large mechanical engineering design work undertaken on NYPA Energy Efficiency projects for governmental customers.  Mr. Bradford is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, as well as a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Building Commissioning Professional through the AEE. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Energy Management at NYIT.


AEE-LI Meeting March 25, 2019 at 7 pm at NYIT, featuring Lockheed Martin on PSEG-LI Programs

For our Monday, March 25, 2019 meeting, The Long Island Chapter of AEE welcomed Mr. Alex Valentino and Mr. Jean-Pierre Rodriguez from Lockheed Martin Energy, who presented on PSEG Long Island’s Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs. 

Alex Valentino, EIT, CEM is a Mechanical Engineer with 4 years of engineering experience in both the construction and energy sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering at NYIT.

Jean-Pierre Rodriguez, CEM is a Sustainable Energy Consultant with nearly a decade of experience in the energy efficiency and sustainability sector. He is a graduate of Adelphi University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and he holds a Master of Science in Energy Management from NYIT.

For more information on PSEG-LI’s programs see