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Don Fisher, P.E.

Fisher is president/CEO of Fisher-Nickel, inc. (FNi), and manages the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) in San Ramon, CA. This center collaborates with the Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Laboratory (CKVL) in Wood Dale, IL to develop and apply standard test methods for evaluating the performance of food service equipment. The program is funded by California utility customers and administered by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. He received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1972 and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1974 from the University of Manitoba.

Vern Smith, P.E., is a senior engineer and associate principal with Architectural Energy Corporation. He is responsible for project management and engineering analysis for building science related projects and serves as corporate legal counsel for Architectural Energy Corporation. He has worked since 1978 in management, contract administration, engineering, scheduling, and cost control in construction, manufacturing, and consulting engineering. Since 1992, his assignments have focused on building science and foodservice energy research, and he is program director for the PIER Buildings Research Programs titled “Advanced Automated HVAC Fault Detection and Diagnostics Commercialization,” sponsored by the California Energy Commission. He is also technical director for the Utility Focused Market Model for Zero Energy New Homes Project.


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