Bob Lujan, 50 years with TMAD Taylor & Gaines
At the September meeting, ASHRAE will honor Robert J. Lujan for outstanding professional and personal achievement in the HVAC industry for 50 years. Bob Lujan’s keen interest in mechanical systems and engineering first led him to study and work as an aircraft engine mechanic while in the military service; his specialty was one of the largest and most complex reciprocating engines of its time, 4360 cubic inches 28 cylinders in a radial configuration.
In 1959,while employed with Western Air and Refrigeration , Larry Hengstler sought Bob out to fill what he felt was the need for a person with engineering skills and air conditioning installation experience. Also while at Western Air. Bob was attending classes at LA City College and trade school.
The oldest of three brothers, Bob and his father helped and inspired his 2 younger siblings to attend medical school.
Eventually, the 4 principals at JLH became owners and equal partners of the firm. These 4 principals were Bob Lujan, Hugh Weber, Don Schiltz and David Portillo. The firm then diversified its portfolio with an emphasis on healthcare while already having a strong background in retail work. Bob managed the large medical center work which eventually became the mainstay at JLH.
Bob’s desire to continue the expansion of the firm and follow the ideals that Larry had set years before caused him to amicably separate from his partners and Bob moved on – with Don Schultz joining him for a few years. During this time, Qeumars Mazloomian, Adji Yuson, Tosh Okajima and Bob Okajima joined together to form one of the strongest and most capable firms in our industry. When asked about retirement Bob always responds, “Yes, when I get old.”
Executive Director, Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Lujan has been involved in the mechanical engineering field since 1959. In his role as Principal-in-Charge, he has been responsible for seeing numerous projects through bid negotiations, design and construction. Prominent in his experience is several million square feet of new major medical centers, educational buildings, commercial structures and Government buildings in Southern California.
With each project, he oversees the direction and manages the quality control process to ensure that all phases meet the needs of the client. His more than 50 years of practical construction management experience assures a smooth project completion. Mr. Lujan has extensive experience in the design and retrofit of central heating and cooling plants including chilled and hot water distribution, and low and high-pressure steam plants. His experience also includes phased construction and the remodeling of plants while in operation. Mr. Lujan is a graduate of the California State University in Los Angeles.
Clay Lampman, CA Lampman & Associate
Clayton A. Lampman was born in Huntington Park, California in 1935. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a degree of Bachelors of Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering in 1958. Cal Poly SLO, in the later years changed this degree title to Mechanical Engineering. He has been licensed California Professional Mechanical Engineer since 1965.
Mr. Lampman or Clay as we fondly call him has over 50 years in the field of mechanical engineering. He has been responsible for complete building mechanical systems such as HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, utilities distribution, process piping, industrial ventilation, central heating and central cooling, energy management and controls for commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental facilities. His responsibilities include construction drawings, specifications, calculations, project management and construction management. His experience also includes feasibility studies for all types of mechanical systems and research and development in the area of energy conservation and project planning and design implementation. In addition to Clay’s experience in the mechanical engineering field, he has over 10 years managing multi-discipline projects covering construction of new and the remodeling of for commercial and military facilities.
Prior to forming his firm, the C. A. Lampman & Associates, Clay was Director of Mechanical Engineering and Project Manager for JCA Engineers, Division of Jones Cooper and Associates for a little over 2 years. His responsibilities were project management of facilities planning and design of mechanical systems of a major addition to La Mirada Hospital. He did the coordination of mechanical renovation of CSULB Chemistry Laboratories and management of open end contracts at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Veteran Administration Center at West Los Angeles, Naval Construction Battalion Center at Port Hueneme and replacement of mechanical systems for 8 sites for Bassett USD.
Clay’s other experience was Vice President and Director of Technical Services for Nack and Sunderland, Consulting Engineers for twenty-five years. His principal responsibilities were in project management of planning and design implementation. He served as the project management for major additions at Methodist Hospital, Arcadia; feasibility studies for conservation and comfort conditioning of patient occupied spaces at Napa State Hospital; warehouse and assembly facilities for the Avon Products, Pasadena; conversion of an obsolete dispensary into office spaces at the Naval weapons Center, China Lake; research projects with Southern California Edison, investigation application of solar energy to water source heat pumps and the use of off peak cooling technologies. In addition he directed numerous projects including the design of refrigeration, low and high pressure steam, chilled and hot water plants; industrial ventilation systems; low and high velocity air systems; process and plumbing piping systems; and virtually every aspect of HVAC systems including control systems.
Clay has been very active with ASHRAE. He was past President of the Southern California Chapter in 1995-96 and a Life member. He has completed 3 years as ASHRAE’s Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for Student Activities (2005-2008). Currently he serves on ASHRAE technical committee for weather. In addition to ASHRAE, Clay has been active in the local community such as Boy Scout of America “Silver Beaver” and has received PTA “Honorary Service Award”.
Harold Kushner South Coast Engineering
My parent’s families immigrated to the United States to escape the persecution of the Jews by the Czarist Regime in Russia. They met and married here in the United States.
I was born at the Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn New York on May 15, 1931. While still a child my family moved from Coney Island to Flushing, New York, in Queens.
As a child I attended Public School P.S. 20 from kindergarten through the 8th grade, graduating in June of 1945.
In September 1945, I entered “Flushing High School” graduating in June of 1949. The following September I entered the “City College of New York” at the “Uptown” campus in Harlem (the downtown campus housed the Business School) as a freshman in the Liberal Arts & Science College as a chemistry major. I dropped out of school in the middle of my junior year, having decided chemistry as not the career I wanted.
In 1952 I was married and shortly after drafted into the Army near the end of the Korean War. I was discharged during basic training due to a herniated spinal disc.
During this marriage I had four children, Jonathan and Kim born in New York and Jeffrey and Kao born in California.
I was divorced in 1966 and remarried in 1968, my second marriage ended upon the death of my wife in 1988 of ovarian cancer.
In 1998 I was married to and still married to my beloved Dona Maria .
I obtained my Engineering Education at the City College of New York (CCNY). My first employment was with the New York City Office of the “Carrier Corporation” in 1951 as a Mechanical Draftsman.
Preparing assembly drawings for motor, engine and turbine driven gas compressors.
In 1954 I was hired by the “Raisler Corporation”, a New York based mechanical contracting firm where I worked as an Assistant Project Engineer on several high rise office buildings within the city.
In 1956 I was hired as an Engineer by the “Air Conditioning Company of Glendale” (ACCO) where I prepared Design/Build HVAC Plans for many different categorizes of buildings in Southern California and Nevada.
In 1960 I went to work for “Hellman & Lober” a mechanical engineering firm as an “Associate” Mechanical Engineer.
In 1965 I obtained my P.E. Registration in California and left “Hellman & Lober” to start my own practice. In 1967 together with Edward Saltzberg we formed the Firm of “Kushner & Saltzberg.” Our partnership was dissolved in 1970 when I accepted the position of V.P. of Engineering for the “Elsters” Division of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation where I was in “responsible charge” of the mechanical designs for several Hyatt Hotels and various chain restaurants throughout the United States and Canada. During this period I obtained P.E. Registrations in 34 states.
In 1974 The Hyatt Corporation divested itself of “Elster’s.”
In late 1974 I again started my own firm which was active until my (semi) retirement in 2003.
Since then I have been associated with South Coast Engineering Group and have been providing M.E. Services to “20th Century Fox” on as “as needed” basis.
“When talking about his career, my father had said that he originally wanted to get into aerospace engineering. He said he was “lucky” that Carrier in New York offered him a job in the up and coming field of HVAC because there were not many opportunities in aerospace engineering. He reiterated that sentiment every time the aerospace industry hit hard times. He had several offers to relocate within New
York, but accepted a lucrative offer to relocate to California.
Within a couple of years he was able to buy his first home in Canoga Park and comfortably supported his growing family.
Harold always said that he would never stop working and he continues to stay active in the field to this day. In addition to the pleasure he gets from working, Harold is devoted to his wife, his children and step-children, and his dogs. At age 60 he bought himself his first Harley Davidson motorcycle and continues to this day to ride it on a daily basis.- Kim Kushner Nishita, Harold’s daughter
Elbert Kelly Retired
Retired Professional Engineer Elbert E. Kelly began his 61 year career when he was graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He then took a position with a renowned consulting engineering firm in Portland Oregon.
He remained with this firm for nine years doing design and project engineering on many projects including office buildings, hospitals, newspaper plants, schools, heating and power plants. military facilities and manufacturing facilities. Some of this work was in Alaska and he made many trips to Juneau and Anchorage to coordinate mechanical contracts.
In 1956 Elbert resigned his position in Portland and moved to Los Angeles to accept a position with a large Architect-Engineering firm. He was given the job as assistant to the Chief Mechanical Engineer. In addition to some supervision of the department, he was senior and project mechanical engineer on several large projects including large office buildings, hospitals, manufacturing and technical study facilities. On the resignation of the Chief, he served as Chief Mechanical Engineer from 1958 to 1961 when the firm abandoned engineering design. After that, Elbert was with several consulting engineering offices in the Los Angeles area serving as senior design engineer and as head of the mechanical department.
In 1974 Elbert joined the firm of Syska and Hennessy as assistant to the Chief Mechanical Engineer. In 1978 on the resignation of the Chief, he became the head of the department. He had joined the firm as an Associate. In 1982 he was promoted to Vice President. In 1991 he officially retired as a full time employee, but remained as a Senior Consultant. The firm had now become The Syska Group. In these seventeen years, Elbert performed as a senior designer and project engineer as well as supervising all work of the department. This involved many projects including large office buildings, hospitals, convention centers and experimental study facilities. He continued on in this phase of working until 2008 when he really gave it up.
During the 61 years Elbert was intensely interested in the Society. After joining the Society in 1947 he was active in the Oregon chapter. Acting on committees, editing the chapter publication The Oregon Diffuser, serving on the Board and as president of the chapter. After moving to Los Angeles, he became a member of the Southern Califonia chapter where he served on many committees, edited the chapter publication the SOL*AIR, served on the Board and as chapter president. He also did three years on the Scholarship Committee and served as a trustee of the Scholarship Fund.
Elbert is a Fellow, a Life Member and a Distinguished Fifty Year Member.
Dick Gilbert, P.E. Principal
Mr. Richard L. Gibert has been involved with our HVAC industry for more than 50 years and has been part of major Los Angeles area development with more than 10,000 projects as engineer-of-records. Presently, he is the CEO of California Energy Designs.
Dick was born on April 15, 1939 in Los Angeles, at St. Vincent’s Hospital at 3rd and Alvarado, an only child. In 1945 the family moved from Los Angeles to La Crescenta where he spent the next 14 years.
He was very good at mechanical things and had a 1949 Ford as his first car, which he customized. At Glendale High School, and Glendale College he was on the track team and lettered each year in high jump and pole vault. His summer jobs included messenger boy for the Los Angeles Stock Exchange, blue print machine operator, drill press operator, and bus mechanic. Also, Dick and his 2 best high school buddies John Sundahl and Ted Sirken started a fraternity called the Marquis, which is still in existence, 56 years later.
At age 20, he married his high school sweetheart, had a daughter the next year, and moved to San Luis Obispo, CA, where he received his bachelors degree in “Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering” with honors. He worked his way thru school by working as a bus driver/tour guide at the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, CA. He managed the Laundromat in Cayucos for free rent.
He joined the student chapter at Cal Poly in the winter of 1960/61, and graduated in 1963. He belonged to Tau Beta Pi the honor engineering fraternity.
His senior project was to rebuild an old Trion Electrostatic Precipitator and run efficiency tests on tobacco smoke. A high-light was the design and construction of an ice rink in the A/C Department Patio and he had Miss San Luis Obispo perform on the ice. He used 2 chillers in a cascade arrangement to provide the chilled brine to cool the ice. He learned how to weld short aluminum nipples to a 3″ diameter manifold using eutectic welding rods. Also, he learned how to modify the rink with shade and hay bale sides to lower the effect of solar radiation and convection currents.
To supplement his income, because he got no help from his parents, his father having died in his sophomore year, he worked as a commercial fisherman out of Morro Bay and dove for abalone for food.
At graduation he received job offers from Dunham Bush, Carrier and American Air Filter. He chose American Air Filter as a sales engineer in the Los Angeles Office at a salary of $575/month. About that time a second child, Curtis, was born. American Air Filter or AAF was a very good company to start working in the industry as they had 3 separate lines of products: HVAC, Filtration, and Duct-Collectors. Each of the 3 product lines were very complete, and he sized coils, air handlers, etc. without the aid of computers.
They had half a dozen salesmen in the air conditioning/filtration end of things, but only 1 in the dust control department. He could see that there were lots of folks who knew HVAC, but few who knew the air pollution part of the business.
So when the dust collection department gentleman left AAF, he called soon after, and asked Dick if he wanted to join him at the Pangborn Division of the Carborundum Co. He had become a big fish in a little pond.
For the next 3 years he was in charge of sales for the Southwestern United States. In general the work consisted of conceptual design, sales, supervision of equipment procurement and installation of air moving and air filtration equipment for mining metallurgy, power generation, chemical, wood working, grain, and aerospace industries.
Working in this capacity included many dealings with various local, state, and federal agencies regarding pollution control laws and regulations. Direct involvement with the Los Angeles AQMD occurred during dealings with Southwest Steel, Kaiser Steel, Ameron Steel, Lockheed, and Torrance Tubing. He also collaborated with the APCD in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Diego, California, as well as in the states of Washington and Colorado. During this time, he also served on the ANSI Z-9 subcommittee on exhaust standards for the foundry industry.
During this period and the ensuing 6 years for the Air Preheater Division of Combustion Engineering Company he traveled to every state in the U.S. In order to get around to some of the local projects in the Southern California desert areas he took flying lessons, but it turned out that driving was still the best way to go.
The primary role of his position as Regional Manager was the management of environmental/air quality related activities. Numerous presentations to non-technical and regulatory bodies regarding sensitive, controversial, and topics unique to this industry were called for in this position.
He was in charge of placing company representatives in all major market areas in thirteen western states. After the representatives were selected and in place, they had to be trained in the application and sale of bag houses, fume incinerators, scrubbers, solid waste incinerators, and heat recovery equipment. Thereafter, he supplied continual training, technical support in the application of equipment, and formal presentations of air pollution control devices and solid waste handling equipment for jobs in mining, smelting, cement, can plants, power plants, paper mills, lumber mills, etc.
Major sales/technical presentations were made to ARCO/C. F. Braun, Colorado Shale Oil Recovery Plant ($20,000,000 worth of air pollution and process equipment); Otter Tail Power/Bechtel Corporation ($400,000 for a coal handling dust collection system); ARCO/R. M Parsons (for a $100,000 incinerator for camp waste along the Alaskan pipeline).
Over the years he has served on the Board of Directors of the local chapters, been Chairman of the Annual Technical Seminar, Title 24 Technical Committee and Chairman of the Installation of Officers Dinner.
Owning his own business has allowed him more flexible work hours and free time than if he had been working for someone. He has had the pleasure of traveling extensively. Last year Dick and his wife took a private tour with another couple to explore the 7 wonders of the world. The tour lasted 30 days and covered over 30,000 miles and took them to Cairo for the pyramids, Kenya for the great game migration, India for the Taj Mahal, China to see the Great Wall and the Beijing Olympics, Machu Picchu, Peru; Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and the Grand Canyon.
Noteworthy projects to name a few, include ascertaining the need for and designing of a contaminated soil/remediation fume incineration system for EnviroPro in Chatsworth (California), medical equipment assembly area ventilation system for Hudson R. C. I. in Ensenada (Mexico), 45-ton cooling system for pharmaceutical clean rooms at Hycor Biomedical in Garden Grove (California), an air conditioning system for a heart monitor manufacturing area at Medical Data and Electronics in Sun Valley (California), clean rooms for Amgen Pharmaceuticals in Thousand Oaks (California), paint spray booths ventilation for the Boeing facility in Long Beach (California), process piping for Rocketdyne in Chatsworth (California), a sawdust collection system for Terry Lumber in Simi Valley (California), exhaust systems for Rosen Motors’ machine shop in Encino (California), and environmental quality control for an engine test room at Capstone Turbine in Reseda (California).
Besides work, he finds time for car shows in his ’41 Ford street rod and travel, he spends some of his spare time at his lodge in Big Bear and enjoys fishing and hunting and has many trophy mounts. Also, Dick and his wife have been foster parents for a number of teenage foster children, the last of which have been reunited with their real parents. It has been a very rewarding experience.
Dick continues as CEO of his California Energy Designs as that is more rewarding and fun than anything else even after 50 years in the business.
Ken Simon Retired ACCO Engineered Systems
Kenneth D. Simon was born March 25, 1918, the first of four children. He was raised in the small town of Virginia, Minnesota, 85 miles south of Canada. His father was a used material dealer born in Lithuania.
Raised during the Great Depression, Kenneth worked throughout his growing up years. He graduated with an AA degree from Virginia Minnesota Junior College. He joined the Navy in 1939, and was sent to the North Atlantic in anti-submarine warfare. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy brought Kenneth back to attend midshipmen school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then was sent to the South Pacific as an officer, eventually gaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and the command of his own ships. Near Savo Island, part of the Solomon Islands, Kenneth was wounded. He convalesced in the care of a pretty nurse in Brisbane, Australia.
War ended, and Kenneth came home. He finished undergraduate schooling at the University of Minnesota and received a bachelor’s degree in both mechanical engineering and business administration. From his Navy days in Chicago, Kenneth knew of a company named National Air. In1947, he came to California to work for National Air as an engineer. By 1949, he went to work for Air Conditioning Company (ACCO), in Glendale California, as a project engineer.
Founded in 1934 by Ira Fulmor and Bert Stern, ACCO Engineered Systems has grown to be the largest air conditioning firm in the west, and third largest nationwide. Annual revenue now exceeds $500 million. ACCO today is at the vanguard of “design and build, installation, and service of industrial, commercial, high-rise residential, and institutional air conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing, process piping, electrical and Direct Digital Control systems.*” It has over 1,600 employees today spread across 13 west coast offices, and has worked on over 250,000 jobs in its 75 year history.
Ken Simon played a pivotal role in ACCO’s growth and development. As an entrepreneur, Ken led ACCO into new fields. In 1956, he started ACCO’s service department. Today, service comprises more than a third of ACCO’s revenue. Recognized for his ability to innovate, Ken became Vice-President in 1959. He served as President and CEO from 1969-1983. Under his leadership, ACCO implemented many improved business methods. ACCO was one of the first firms to have in-house data processing for payroll, fleet management, and purchasing. In engineering, it was one of the first firms to utilize CAD/CAM. Seeming almost quaint now, in an era before cell phones, Kenneth made the decision to equip field workers with two-way radios. Further Simon innovations: creation of an ACCO Credit Union, enabling employees to get low interest loans. And it was while Kenneth was President that the first woman was made a corporate officer.
In all the years of ACCO’s success, and his success at ACCO, Kenneth never drove fancy cars or cared about prestige or titles. He talked to everyone, ate from the lunch truck out on the yard, knew many many of the shop guys by name, and about their families. Ken was a people person, and this quality formed the bedrock of his leadership approach. Said Ken: ” .. ACCO’s real inventory walks in and out of our front door, our shop doors, and our field and service operations daily. We are a “people company,” and a leader’s success is in the people he chooses and in those who choose to remain with him.” Ken had a keen eye for talent, and doggedly pursued this “recruit and hold” philosophy. ACCO’s strength today is in large part due to Ken’s key hires.
Ken Simon was also an able communicator. In the time before email and even Xerox, Ken clipped newspaper announcements of new construction, known as the “green sheet,” and marked them up with notes in red pencil on thin yellow paper. On a typical Monday morning, Ken would send out these yellow sheets to dozens of ACCO employees. Due to this thoroughness, few opportunities escaped the Company’s view, and ACCO’s business grew. The company won such large and challenging projects as Sherman Oaks Galleria, First Interstate Bank (the tallest building in California, now named US Bank Tower), San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant, Queen Mary, Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Getty Museum, and Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
As a people person and voluble communicator, the door to his office was always open. In discussions or negotiations, Kenneth could practice active listening, and enter the feelings of the other person. Yet he was able to quickly develop strong notions in regard to solutions, and pressed hard for his own point of view.
Organizationally, Kenneth embraced a flat, project management corporate structure, borrowed from the “matrix” system of double management seen in the aircraft industry. Employee ownership, autonomy, and individual risk and reward were outgrowths of this approach. “The house should not compete against its own men,” Ken would say. A project manager was his own profit center whose fortunes were made or lost based on how his project performed. With regard to employee ownership, when a worker owning ACCO stock went into the field, he could proudly say, “this is my company,” and it was. And while ACCO’s success made it an attractive acquisition target, Ken Simon did not allow prospective corporate suitors – some quite large, some publicly held – to even come through ACCO’s doors. As a result of putting ACCO’s collective good over the enrichment of a few, ACCO is still to this day an employee owned, privately held company.
Even after his presidency ended, Ken Simon remained very active in ACCO, first as Chairman of the Board, and then as Chairman Emeritus. In 2002, at age 84, Ken finally retired.
Ken’s business involvements extended beyond ACCO too. He served on Union Bank’s Advisory Board, as an officer of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce (and received the Chamber’s Outstanding Industrialist of the Year Award in 1986), in ASHRAE, and in the Mechanical Development Corporation (MDC) too.
Beyond business, Ken was also active in various charities, including Ability First (formerly Crippled Children’s Society), the Foundation of the Junior Blind, the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Hillel, and Cedars-Sinai.
Ken was a family man too. He married Beatrice (Bebe) Feuerstein in 1948, and had three children: Debbie, Gwynn, and Harlan. Bebe died in 2001, Debbie died in the 1990’s, and Gwynn and Harlan currently live in the Bay Area. Gwynn works as a Kaiser physician, having attended UCSF Medical School, with a post-doctorate in infectious disease. Son Harlan works as a lawyer-turned glassmaker and jewelry designer. Ken has four grandkids: Noah and Aaron, and Ariela and Elon.
What was the secret to all of Ken’s hard work, his success, these extensive business and community involvements, besides the personal characteristics Ken Simon possessed? Answer: Passion, drive, and long work days, often starting at 7:00 am, and ending at 10:00 pm.
Yet it was also work that he loved. This tireless, imaginative, marketing-oriented businessman thrived on the many challenges of construction. He feels privileged to have had the career and opportunity that he had, and is honored to receive ASHRAE’s lifetime achievement award.
Tatsuo George Hayakawa, P.E. Retired
After more than 60 years, former Pasadena City College student and World War II internment evacuee, Tatsuo George Hayakawa, was awarded his high school diploma by the Pasadena Area Community
College District (PACCD). Hayakawa, who was a high school student enrolled at Pasadena Junior High/Pasadena Junior College (PJC) from 1939 to 1942, received his diploma from the PACCD Board of Trustees at a ceremony at PCC on Aug. 16, 2006. “It was important for me to get this diploma 60 years later,” Hayakawa said, “but I had no idea that this was going to be such a big thing.”
In 2003, state legislation added provisions to the Education Code that allowed schools to award honorary diplomas to students interned during World War II. Hayakawa had fulfilled all requirements for a high school graduation, but did not receive his diploma. Hayakawa, a South Pasadena resident, had just begun his college career at the University of Wyoming when he was drafted in June of 1944 into the United States Army. He served in the South Pacific until 1946.
Once discharged from the Army, he joined his family in Minnesota, where they relocated after internment. He attended the University of Minnesota to pursue his degree in engineering, and later continued his education and graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Professionally, he has worked on many highprofile architectural projects, including the National Air and Space Museum located at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Medical Research Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Japanese American National Museum located in Los Angeles.
Prior to his retirement, Hayakawa was the president and chairman of Hayakawa Associates, which specializes in mechanical and electrical building services. The company was responsible for designing more than 65.5 million square feet of projects in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Hayakawa has also served in many organizations benefiting USC, including the Dean’s Advisory Council for Architecture and the Architectural Guild.
Henry Lau, Ph. D., PE, Southern California Edison, Consultant
Henry was born in Hong Kong in 1941 and came to the United States in 1963. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1966, and went Duke University for his graduate work. At Duke University, he worked with a neurosurgeon on induced hypothermia for neurosurgery. Later he received a research grant from the U.S. Army Research developing a gas bearing. In 1973, he received his Ph. D. from Duke University. After he received his degree, Dr. Lau stayed at Duke University to work on two-phase flow of ammonia in piping system.
In 1974 Dr. Lau came to Los Angeles and joined Ayres and Hayakawa Consulting Engineers. When California Energy Commission was established, he took part in the development of the first and second generation of Title 24 Building Energy Standards, and Cal/ERDA and DOE-2 Building Energy Simulation Program. Later he became a partner with J. Max Ayres.
In 1992, Henry joined Southern California Edison as the Emerging Technology Program manager. The objective is to assess the performance of energy efficient electric technologies and introduce those technologies into the incentive programs to help SCE customers to cut down their electric usage and reduce utility costs. At SCE, he received the William R. Gould Award for Engineering and Operational Excellence. He was invited by the Chinese Ministry of Electric Power in 1997 to introduce demand side management to the Chinese electric utilities. After 17 years of services, Dr. Lau retired from SCE in 2008, but is still working as a consultant at SCE.