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ELECTRI International Reports on January Council Meeting, Funds 2018 Research Projects

Feb 05, 2018

For ELECTRI International, 2018 began with a very productive ELECTRI Council Meeting at the PGA Resort and Spa, welcoming several new Council members as well as many long-standing members and guests.

The primary focus of the three-day event was to choose the recipients of the full research grants and vote on the Student Community Service Initiative. Additionally, based on the popularity of the July break-out session, Council members had the opportunity to discuss the Vendor’s Role in Making Contractors More Competitive, the White Paper will be distributed in the early spring with the results of the round-table.

At the end of this message is a link to many of the presentations from the Council meeting. We hope this information will be of interest, especially to those who were unable to attend the meeting. 


We want to thank the Program Review Committee, chaired by Sonja Rheaume, for its time and effort in evaluating 16 proposals and selecting the final projects that were presented at the Council Meeting.

Council members worked closely with the Researchers in a series of break-out sessions to refine their proposals. After hearing the resulting formal presentations, the Council recommended funding the following three projects:

  • The Evolution of the Electrical Contractor as an Integrator, Michael McLin, Maxim Consulting Group
  • Smart Buildings and the Internet of Things (IoT), Professor Hisham Said, Santa Clara University
  • Digital Transformation at the Frontline Supervision Level for Electrical Contractors, Guy Skillett and Michael Myers, Rhumbix, Inc.

If you are interested in serving on a Research Task Force for one of the projects selected, please contact Deborah Halpern, Director of Operations, at dhalpern@electri.org or 301-215-4539.

The Council also voted to support the following two Student Community Service Initiative projects:

  • Solar Water Initiative, West End, Honduras, Penn State University NECA Student Chapter
  • PV Power Pumped Water Systems for Indigenous Communities in the Amazon Basin, Ecuador, Cal Poly University NECA Student Chapter

In addition to reviewing new project proposals, the Council received updates on previously funded projects: 

  • Factors Effecting Labor Productivity, Professor Awad Hanna, University of Wisconsin
  • Diversity in the Electrical Construction Industry, Professor Ben Bigelow, University of Oklahoma

There were several additional presentations during the meeting: 

  • Cliff Brewis, Vice President of Operations at Doge Data & Analytics led a discussion on the 2018 Construction Outlook.
  • Mohamed Shishani, Schneider Electric, presented on How IoT will reshape the Electrical Construction Industry. 


Chris Griesedieck, Zemenick & Walker, offered the Council a financial update on ELECTRI International’s investment portfolio for the 4th quarter of 2017 and reviewed the year’s overall performance.


All presentations are available for download on our website at: http://electri.org/meetings/2018-electri-council-january-meeting