Energy Center Announces Promotions and New Employees

Douglas Ahl, Technical Director: Dr. Ahl brings nearly two decades of extensive energy related experience to the Energy Center. His background includes quantifying potential impacts of climate warming on carbon sequestration and biomass growth, simulation modeling of ecosystem processes, developing and testing analytic solutions focused on energy portfolio management, and leading cooperative projects between NASA and private industry aimed at developing remote sensing and geospatial technologies. Dr. Ahl most recently worked as a Senior Analyst for Ascend Analytics in Boulder, Colorado where he led the development of a hydrologic flow and generation simulation system. His professional experience also includes a position as Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest Ecology and Management. He holds a Doctorate in Environmental Monitoring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree from the University of Maine-Orono, Department of Forest Management.

Steve Kihm, Research Director: Mr. Kihm joined the Energy Center in January 2008 as Senior Project Manager. Since that time he has been actively involved in policy analysis regarding regulatory incentives for utilities to promote energy efficiency, research projects involving energy use feedback devices, and studies designed to estimate the potential for energy savings to displace demand for conventional utility supply-side resources. In his new role, he will oversee all energy efficiency related research projects conducted by the Energy Center. Prior to joining the Energy Center, Mr. Kihm spent 21 years at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Business. Mr. Kihm is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the CFA Society of Madison.

Nick Sayen, Project Manager, Research: Mr. Sayen comes to the Energy Center with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he focused on environmental policy. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Montana. Prior to joining the Energy Center, Mr. Sayen was a Program and Planning Analyst for the Department of Natural Resources where he worked on climate change policy and staffed the Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming.

Kathryn Schiedermayer, Director of Education: Ms. Schiedermayer joined the Energy Center in 2004 and held the position of Senior Project Manager for the last two years. During this time, she has shown exceptional leadership, judgment, and initiative in growing the Energy Center’s training programs to reach more than 4,000 commercial, industrial and residential building professionals each year. Ms. Schiedermayer will continue to develop and implement training programs designed to build and maintain high performance energy efficient homes and buildings and support environmental and renewable practices. Prior to joining the Energy Center, Ms. Schiedermayer worked at SAIC and the Focus on Energy Program, Dayton Power & Light, MSOE and Miller Electric Mfg. Co. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marion College. Ms. Schiedermayer serves on the Program Committee for the United States Green Building Council."