Lisa Williams, C.E.M.

Charles R. Colen Jr., Ph.D.

18-Oct-2018, 2:30 - 3:00PM

Session: Campuses

Track G | High Performance Buildings & Communities

How to Develop a Student Driven Energy Management Program and Increase Campus Energy Efficiency Performance

Lisa Williams, C.E.M.
Acting Energy Manager
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Charles R. Colen Jr., Ph.D.
University of Arkanas - Pine Bluff

Lisa G. Williams is currently a Certified Energy Manager with 28 years’ experience, receiving a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technology University. President/ Owner of LGW Energy and Sustainability Services. Currently, Acting Energy Manager at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff which includes: I)Managing Energy Leadership Program with faculty, staff and student, as well as, prepared submission of UAPB Energy Performance Contract for AEE’s Region IV Innovative Energy Project of the Year Award (selected recipient of 2018 Award); II) Volunteering as Energy Expert at the Charles H Wright Museum, and III) Worked with Aramark K-12 Education for 11 years as: 1) Energy Manager at Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS); 2) Utility Manager at Detroit Public Schools; and 3) Commissioning Agent at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Additional experiences included Natural Gas Account Manager/ Broker at MichCon Gas (DTE Energy) and an Energy Engineer for DTE Energy at GM Technical Center. Some projects included at SLPS: obtaining over $189,000 in Electric Utility Incentives (SLPS); wrote and was awarded a $1.6 million-dollar State of Missouri, Division of Energy - Dept. of Economic Development energy loan for funding lighting upgrades and HVAC efficiency project (SLPS).

Charles R. Colen, Jr., Ph.D. is currently the Chairperson for the Department of Industrial Technology Management & Applied Engineering (ITMAE), Director of the UAPB STEM Academy and Principal Investigator (PI) for HBCU-UP and Co-PI for ARK-LSAMP grants funded by the NSF at the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. These grants focus on STEM Education and Research.He has worked with the STEM Academy since its inception and has helped to obtain over $20 million in STEM related funding. He has presented at numerous conventions, seminars and workshops on STEM, self-motivation, time management and leadership. Dr. Colen has conducted research in the areas of flexible solar cells, non-destructive testing and laser applications.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a bachelor’s degree in Physics, a master’s degree in Electronics and Instrumentation from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Ph.D. in Industrial Technology from the Iowa State University of Science and Technology. He was born and raised in Warren, AR.

He enjoys working on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff also known as “THE YARD” and tries to bring the best out of all of the students he comes in contact with on a day-to-day basis.He hopes this will ensure they become productive graduates and citizens!

The ITMAE department on the UAPB campus is recognized as one of the top five majors, high retention rates, and outstanding placement after graduation in high-paying STEM careers.

Dr. Colen is married to Tonya Colen (Director of the Gifted and Talented Program in the Pine Bluff School District and Jack Robey Jr. High Cheerleader Coach.He is the father of four daughters: Asia, Charla, Charlese and Charlston. His hobbies include fishing, playing golf and just plain being outside!

Last but not least Dr. Colen is a Christian and His favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” Philippians 4:13


Track: G High Performance Buildings & Communities | Session: Campuses


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