Meet the team

Our team brings over 200 person years of expertise in energy and process engineering, software development, building and industrial controls, networking and communications technology.

Jim Lee, Founder & CEO

Mr. Lee is the founder of Cimetrics and has acted as its CEO since its formation. Mr. Lee has been a leader in the embedded control networking and building automation community for over 20 years. As founder and former President of the BACnet Manufacturers Association, the leading open systems networking consortium in the building automation industry, and Mr. Lee’s aggressive promotion of the BACnet open protocol standard has helped make Cimetrics a high-profile player in the arena. Mr. Lee has a B.A. in Physics from Cornell University.

Mary Ellen Cantabene

Mary Ellen Cantabene, Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Cantabene is principally responsible for the monitoring and analysis of data and the development and delivery of recommendations to the Company’s clients. Prior to joining Cimetrics, she was Vice President of Energy Management for Amerada Hess. Her business focused on partnering with fortune 100 and fortune 500 companies (e.g. Bristol Meyers, Corning Inc., Gannett Corporation) to develop and implement strategic energy plans for their companies. Earlier in her career Ms. Cantabene founded H2O Matrix, a $22 million water conservation and management company. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 1993 by Advertising Age.

 

Jim F. Butler, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Butler manages the technology development organization and the products business. He has been with the Company for more than 20 years. Mr. Butler has been an innovator in the embedded networking for building automation. He has been a significant contributor to the design of the BACnet network protocol and the BACnet test standard. In 2000, Mr. Butler established the BACnet Testing Laboratories for the BACnet Manufacturers Association, and managed its product testing program for six years. Mr. Butler has a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Keith Corbett, Director of Product Development

The Director of Product Development manages both domestic and international software development operations. Corbett’s team develops the user-facing aspects of the Analytika system, including the Analytika Portal web application. Corbett graduated from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario in 1988. He subsequently completed an internship at the Chalk River Research Lab of Atomic Energy of Canada. Corbett obtained a master’s degree in physics from Cornell in 1991 and his Ph.D. in 1995. His dissertation topic was “Transport Properties of Copper at Low Temperatures.” During his time at Cornell, he was central to the development of experimental control software in the Cornell Low Temperature Group. Corbett served as Secretary of the ASHRAE BACnet Committee (SSPC 135) and Chairman of the BACnet Committee’s Utility/Building System Interface working group.

Jim Wajciechowski, PE, CEM, Senior Director of Business Development

The Senior Director of Business Development is responsible for Analytika business strategy and vision. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a degree in Engineering.

Prior to joining Cimetrics he was a Director of Intelligent Services in Gardiner Energy Division where he managed and delivered their Intelligent Services Business Including diagnostics, certified energy reports, energy audits, performance-based services, facility management and HVAC systems/controls support of Trane and Building Logix automation systems.

He also helped to drive high performance in building’s HVAC systems in Healthcare, Government and Educational facilities. Due to his efforts Gardiner had become their client’s energy partner and optimized their building’s controls and environments.

Dr. Paul Rensing, Senior Software Developer

Dr. Paul Rensing is responsible for Analytika system elements related to data collection and transmission.  He graduated from the University of Victoria in British Columbia in 1986.  He then studied at Stanford University, earning a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics in 1993.  Following that, he was a Research Associate at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Rensing worked for 5 years at Dragon Systems on computer speech recognition.  He has extensive experience with many different operating systems and computer languages and has been working in C++ and UNIX since 1989 and Linux in particular since 1997.

Robert Veelenturf, P.E., Principal Mechanical Engineer & Software Engineer

Robert Veelenturf provides essential domain experience and is a major contributor to the development of our software systems and analysis applications. He has broad ranging and extensive industry experience. Mr. Veelenturf was instrumental in prototyping and generating the requirements for our analysis software and continues to be heavily involved in its ongoing development and application. He received a BSME from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a United States Patent holder, and a member of ASME and ISA.

Dean A. Taylor, CEM, Director of Analytics

Mr. Taylor’s primary responsibilities include: integration of Cimetrics’ bundled services offering into the existing client base, principal liaison between Cimetrics Technology Division and Analytics group to enhance and fast track the development of new offerings, standardization and quality assurance of the Analytika deliverable across all accounts, and development of relationships with utility providers to deliver maximum value to Cimetrics clients through incentive programs.

Mr. Taylor was previously a Senior Analyst and Manager of Analytics at Cimetrics responsible for content and delivery of all Cimetrics Analytika reports from 2002 through 2016. Prior to Cimetrics, Dean was a Project Development Manager for Enron Energy Services and a Senior Energy Engineer for TECO Solutions in Tampa FL. He has been a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) for almost 20 years and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of South Florida.

Tim Griffin, Manager of Client Operations / Account Executive

Mr. Griffin is responsible for overall implementation of Analytika projects including the deployment of data collection devices, systems configuration and project management. He is also the Account Executive for some of Cimetrics clients responsible for all client deliverables and the overall relationship.

Tim Griffin earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in 1993. He joined Cimetrics in 2002 and brings to Cimetrics extensive experience in the engineering and design, as well as the project management of energy upgrade projects for institutional, commercial and municipal clients across the US. He has held senior positions with energy services companies and engineering firms including Honeywell, Inc.

John Biagiotti, Controls Engineer

John Biagiotti provides support in the evaluation of project HVAC and Control Systems data to determine Analytika suitability. He also defines building system configuration parameters to facilitate Analytika analysis. He has worked in the HVAC industry for 40+ years specializing in Control System design, installation supervision and system commissioning.

Hadas Webb, Manager of Analytics

Hadas Webb has over 15 years of experience in engineering, energy analysis, and building automation system design. Ms. Webb has been with Cimetrics since 2007 and currently leads the analysis team. Her primary responsibilities include Analytika report delivery, management and training of all analysts, customer satisfaction and retention, and data analysis. Formerly, as a Senior Analyst at Cimetrics, Ms. Webb was directly responsible for energy analysis and reporting on more than 80 buildings, including more than 8 million square feet of facilities in the education, government, and health care sectors throughout the United States. Ms. Webb has identified and helped implement more than $4.5 million in annual energy savings.

Prior to joining Cimetrics, Ms. Webb worked as a Building Automation Construction Manager at Partners Healthcare, where she was responsible for managing control system projects and developing a building automation master plan for Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Webb also has experience working in control system design and software development for building automation systems. Ms. Webb received a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Mechanical Engineering. She is a member of ASHRAE and AEE and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

John McCarthy, PE – Senior Analyst

John McCarthy has been directly responsible for energy analysis, developing recommendations, and Analytika reporting for 35 buildings, including over 7 million square feet of facilities in the higher education, medical device manufacturing, and pharmaceutical manufacturing sectors throughout the United States. Mr. McCarthy has identified and helped implement more than $7.2 million in annual energy savings.

Mr. McCarthy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. He has been a registered professional engineer with the State of Georgia since 2000.

Albert Putnam, VP Tech Ops

Albert Putnam maintains expertise in physical world sensing, networking and cloud, and consults about how to take data and analytics from the edge to actions. He has worked in design, research, production and project management – at home and abroad – on site and in house – for Cimetrics, OEMs and academia.

Albert Putnam’s education and experience: Graduate: RF NMR examinations of helium at ultra low temperatures in high magnetic fields using refrigeration systems and computer controlled data acquisition. Undergraduate: surface science, infrared spectroscopy, nuclear physics, and mathematics. Computer: embedded/industrial – edge to cloud – with most all networks, protocols, programming languages and OSes in between.
Current topics: Energy systems. Reliability. Traceability. M&V, Insane/Magical Usability. Augmented Reality and IoT.

Kapil Pundir, PE, CEM, CPMP – Senior Analyst

Kapil Pundir has been with Cimetrics since 2009. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California and a Certified Energy Manager. Kapil is the Senior Analyst for the Kaiser Permanente, General Services Administration, Genentech and Daimler-Mercedes accounts. Prior to joining Cimetrics, Kapil was responsible for energy conservation for General Motors where he improved the Oklahoma City plant’s ranking from twenty-ninth to first among all General Motors plants in North America.

Kapil holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Oklahoma State University, Kapil was the lead student at the Industrial Assessment Center where is managed and led a team of students in performing energy audits for industrial facilities located in and around Oklahoma.

Jim Fredericks, Senior Analyst

Jim Fredericks joined Cimetrics in 2017 and is currently responsible for identifying and supporting energy savings initiatives for 35 buildings representing 1.5 million GSF in the higher education and pharmaceutical markets. Mr. Fredericks has over 30 years of experience in various aspects of the measurement and control industry after earning a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Gannon College. Mr. Fredericks’ experience spans the process and industrial control to high-performance buildings markets. Over half of his professional career has been focused on defining, developing and deploying ventilation control solutions for critical environments in high-performance buildings for enVerid Systems, Aircuity and Phoenix Controls/Honeywell. Jim is a member of ASHRAE and former member of IEEE.

Julianne Rhoads, CEM, EIT – Senior Analyst

Julianne Rhoads joined Cimetrics in 2017 as a Senior Analyst. Prior to joining Cimetrics, Julianne was responsible for designing Energy Performance Contracting projects at Siemens Industry, Inc. as an Energy Engineer. Julianne has 5 years of experience working with HVAC, lighting, plumbing, building automation, energy generation and distribution systems in various vertical markets including K-12, Higher Ed, Federal, Municipal, Healthcare, and Public Housing. Julianne is active in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) community and participates in STEM events throughout New England.

Julianne holds an MS in Energy Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. While there, she designed and built a passively heated home in Peru as part of the non-profit Village Empowerment Project, and a net-zero solar-powered home with Team Massachusetts for entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. In 2011, Julianne and a fellow Solar Decathlon team member shared their team’s story at TEDxBoston. Julianne received her BE from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She is a member of ASHRAE and AEE and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and mechanical Engineer in Training (EIT).

Lisa Zagura, CEM, LEED AP – Senior Analyst

Ms. Zagura has over 10 years of engineering experience in building automation and mechanical systems. Prior to joining Cimetrics, Ms. Zagura worked as a manager for the New England automation design team at Siemens, where she was responsible for managing control system project design. She also has experience working in BMS, mechanical, and plumbing design. Ms. Zagura received her M.S. from Boston University in Mechanical Engineering. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Pete Howard, Manager of Services

As Cimetrics’ Manager of Services, Pete is responsible for the overall business of resolving issues uncovered by Cimetrics’ cloud-based analytics platform, Analytika.

A graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. Marine Engineering, Pete has over 25 years of experience in Building Automation Controls, Facility Operations, Equipment Maintenance, and System Service.

Pete brings real world, hands on experience and a proven customer service background to the Cimetrics portfolio of offerings.