Guest Speaker: Robert Somers, PhD, PE, LEED AP
President, 2rw Consultants, Inc.
Dr. Robert Somers is a co-founder of 2rw, serves as president and is the principal responsible for 2rw's energy services. He is also a professional engineer registered in many states throughout the country, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a LEED accredited professional. Dr. Somers has served on the board of directors for the Virginia Sustainable Building Network since 2004.
Dr. Somers received bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program and is a frequent speaker for the U.S. Department of Energy Rebuild America Program.
Dr. Somers has worked in the energy field for more than 30 years, for both public and private sector clients. His experience has ranged from basic research into thermal energy storage to energy audits of large complexes including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. For many years, Dr. Somers spearheaded 2rw's technical support services for the Virginia Division of Energy. conducting training sessions for technical and non-technical audiences, developing guidelines for a photovoltaic manufacturing grants program, and authoring technical manuals for engineers and architects.
Dr. Somers has many years of experience in renovation design, building assessment, commissioning, construction administration, energy auditing, as well as the assessment of central HVAC plants and the design of HVAC systems. He has headed teams of architects and engineers in the administration of evaluation, design, commissioning, and construction of comprehensive engineering projects for numerous clients throughout the United States. He has an extensive background in analysis and design of mechanical and electrical systems to reduce energy consumption and costs. As president of 2rw, Dr. Somers is responsible for all management duties associated with the operation of the firm.