2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Daniel Ackmann, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, 28

Project Manager, Energy Engineer, Enviro-Management & Research Inc.; Springfield, Va.; BS Civil Engineering, Purdue University


Daniel Ackmann, CEM, LEED AP BD+CDaniel Ackmann, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, 28
Project Manager; Energy Engineer; Enviro-Management & Research Inc.; Springfield, Va.
BS Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Ackmann enjoys the non-routine nature of working with multiple federal agencies, of helping them find out-of-the-box solutions to save energy and money, and of having a considerable indirect impact on so many people. He has consulted for federal agencies looking to optimize performance—including the U.S. Dept. of Defense, where he assisted in achieving federally mandated energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, developed and maintained GHG inventories, analyzed utility bills and rate structures for opportunities to lower costs, and identified energy conservation capital investments and lower cost opportunities. In response to the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act of 2012, Ackmann was the lead writer and researcher in identifying advanced meter best practices in federal facilities, buildings, and equipment for the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Currently, Ackmann manages the development and operation of the Architect of the Capitol’s utility metering enterprise system and bill verification system to ensure that all U.S. Capitol facilities effectively manage their energy use and retain data to establish near- and long-term utility budget goals. Ackmann also has authored federal guidance for procuring public utility and energy management services through area wide and utility energy service contracts for the General Services Administration. Recently, he and his wife traveled to Iceland on vacation and found themselves enjoying the people, geology, and beauty of the country. Back at home, Ackmann has taken to renovating his fixer-upper house by recently updating the kitchen and bathrooms and has migrated to the outdoors where he is building his own deck.

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