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    Varkie Thomas

    Varkie Thomas

    Research Professor
    Ph.D. Program

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    Email: thomasv@iit.edu
    Web: bepan.info


    • Energy Efficient Building Design, Building Energy Performance Analysis


    • Ph.D., Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK
    • Post-Graduate Diploma, Industrial Management, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK
    • Post-Graduate Diploma, Environmental Engineering, London South Bank University
    • B.Sc. (Honors), Mathematics, St. Xavier’s College, Bombay University

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    Varkie Thomas teaches graduate courses in Energy Efficient Building Design, Building Energy Performance Analysis and advises doctoral candidates specializing in this topic. He was a member of the UN Technical Program to China in 1991 and a Visiting Professor from Purdue in Malaysia in 1996/97 funded by the World Bank.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM - Association. of Energy Engineers).

    Employment: Industrial engineer with Hall-Thermotank (HVAC&R products) as part of his Ph.D. research;  Fortran Programmer-Engineer at Syska & Hennessy to develop M-E design programs; Project M-E Engineer at Jaros, Baum & Bolles for commercial buildings; Systems Manager at McQuay Corporation; Director of Systems Development at International Environmental Corp.; and Senior Research Engineer at Johnson Controls. Dr. Thomas developed M-E design programs supported and marketed worldwide by McDonnell Douglas Automation and Control Data Cybernet, and HVAC equipment selection programs based on AMCA and ARI standards.

    From 1985 to 2006 he worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) where he was Associate Partner and the M-E Engineering Coordinator for large building projects such as the Canary Wharf infrastructure London. He was Director for M-E Engineering Systems Development for the IBM Architecture & Engineering Series (AES) software developed at SOM. The M-E programs were designed to interface with external equipment selection programs by alternative manufacturers of an equipment type using data exchange standards and integrated with the SOM-IBM-AES architectural and structural design systems. From 1997 until 2006, he specialized in building, energy, utility rates and economic analysis of commercial buildings worldwide including the 820 meter tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building modeling and energy analysis programs used were DOE2.1E, Trane’s TRACE, Carrier’s HAP and eQUEST-DOE2.2.

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