The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)

Fall 2004 (Volume 5, Number 2)

E&EM Graduate Student Participates in Energy 2004 Conference

E&EM doctoral student Mike Helwig participated in the Energy 2004 conference held in Rochester, New York during the second week of August 2004. Energy 2004 was a workshop and exposition conference sponsored by the Department of Energy, and co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and General Services Administration. The conference featured exhibits from many types of agencies and businesses, and offered strategies, technologies and products to improve energy efficiency, energy security and increase the use of renewable energy. In addition, there were dozens of workshop sessions that were typically 60-90 minutes long and covered a variety of energy-related topics. These workshops were moderated and presented by experts in their respective fields.

The conference was of particular interest to Mike because his dissertation is focusing on ways that federal agencies can improve compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct), in particular, with respect to the acquisition of Alternative Fuel Vehicles and alternative fuel use. Mike and his advisor Dr. Jon Deason are hoping to develop several tiered optimization programs that would provide federal agencies decision tools to assist in meeting EPAct mandates.

Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor