Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Coordinator Eyes Ferris as "Go-To" Authority on Energy

Ferris State University’s College of Engineering Technology has expanded its energy initiatives by adding Energy Center Coordinator Arn McIntyre. He comes to Ferris from McIntyre Builders in Rockford.

In his new role, McIntyre will be taking all of the College’s energy efforts and packaging them into one Energy Center. According to Thomas Oldfield, CET dean, the focus of energy is one of the directions for the college.

McIntyre looks to continue to grow Ferris’ recognition as a “go-to authority” in energy. Ferris has an advantage when it comes to education compared to its peers, he said. “The students at Ferris get real-life, practical experiences that form a skill base when they graduate.”

His experience in the field of energy and green built environment has been recognized locally and nationally. He is currently the board president for Green Built Michigan and an approved national instructor of Green Building for Building Professionals. McIntyre received from the NAHB and United States Department of Energy the 2009 Energy Value Housing Gold Award. In 2006 and 2007, he received the Advocate of the Year award from the Home Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids for his continued education in the industry of green building. He was also one of three builders in the country to be selected by ANSI to establish the National Green Build Standard.

Although McIntyre has been around construction since he was 16, his education is in engineering – receiving a bachelor of science from Michigan State University and a master of science from Western Michigan University. His career has included being a project engineer, engineering manager and more recently an advanced engineering manager for Electrolux.

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