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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Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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