September 6, 2011

Conference Highlights Geothermal Energy Systems

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Indiana Tech will host and co-sponsor The Geothermal Advantage, a free one-day conference on the use of geothermal energy, on September 29.

The university is collaborating with Viridian Architectural Design and Primary Engineering to present information gained through installation of a geothermal system as part of the renovation of the Wilfred Uytengsu Sr. Center.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how a community loop geothermal system is optimized in high performance building design from Mike Lubbehusen of Primary Engineering
  • Hear Terry Thornsbury of Viridian Architectural Design tell the tale of saving a historic treasure and creating one of the most energy efficient and technologically advanced buildings in northeast Indiana
  • Tour the Wilfred Uytengsu Sr. Center, which was awarded LEED® Gold Certification, to see this renovation and its geothermal system in action
  • Discover how Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, and John Renie, associate professor of energy and mechanical engineering, integrate a working geothermal system into Indiana Tech's engineering curriculum
  • Consider the potential ROI of geothermal energy through cost savings data and experience shared by Judy Roy, Indiana Tech executive vice president of finance and administration, and Mike Townsley, director of facilities

Indiana Tech was awarded a grant of $1.34 million administered by U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) in October 2009 to fund an innovative geothermal research project on the university’s Fort Wayne campus. The geothermal system provides heating and cooling for the Uytengsu Center and the Zollner Engineering Center, and it also serves as a living laboratory for energy engineering and mechanical engineering students.

The Geothermal Advtange

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 (lunch will be provided)

Where: Andorfer Commons, Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne

Cost: Free

Registration: Register online at


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