Mina McCullom is the CEO /President of SynEnergy. With over 15 years of experience in project management, business development and mechanical engineering, she brings her unique understanding of multidisciplinary expertise to deliver efficient building-systems solutions to projects from concept phase to execution. Mina conducted research in energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings, as well as in effective project management at the National Renewable Energy Lab, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Stanford University. Furthermore, she applied this knowledge in the commercial sector.
She served as a Project Manager at Boeing on Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) with NREL.
These projects integrated cyber security, energy efficiency and renewable energy for Department of Defense–Microgrid Applications. Mina led a team of software, electrical and mechanical engineers to develop a tool that monitors energy consumption and power generation on military bases which can be switched instantaneously “to inland” mode.
Mina honed her Project Manager expertise at CH2M HILL, implementing numerous successful energy sustainability projects. Mina’s project teams exercise a multidisciplinary, holistic and systematic approach to identify any facility’s operations relative to energy consumption, water management, waste generation, integrating sustainable technologies and practices. We examine the building’s envelope, mechanical systems, electrical systems, water usage, and waste generation, evaluating the interrelationships between parameters.
Mina also taught Building Performance Institute coursework at Red Rocks Community College, in the energy-efficiency department. The course trained students in industry-approved techniques for energy audits.
Research and Publication
Mina has extensive knowledge in conducting research on building envelopes and their impact on energy efficiency. She recently published the results of a detailed study to compare the energy consumption of both SIP and wood-frame houses in all climate zones across the United States. This was accomplished with Quick Energy Simulation (eQuest) to compare the energy consumption of wood-frame houses and SIP houses. The houses were modeled in seven climate zones in the United States.
Based on the results, she developed a simplified method to estimate potential energy savings associated with SIP homes relative to equivalent wood-frame homes.
As an application of the simplified method, she conducted a life-cycle cost analysis to assess the cost effectiveness of building SIP homes throughout the U.S. and the associated energy savings due to reduced thermal bridging. In addition, she furthered her research by evaluating the impact of reduced thermal bridging in pre-fabricated modular building envelopes (like SIPs) for deployed military forces. As part of this effort, she quantified the amount of diesel fuel saved (and thus reducing transportation needs under adverse conditions). Her methodology consisted of both quantitative and qualitative analyses.
- Krarti and M. McCullom. “A Simple Method to Estimate Energy Savings for Structural Insulated Panels Applied to Single Family Homes” in Proceedings of the ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability ES2010-90353, 2010.
– Masters of Science: Management Science (pursuing)
University of Colorado at Boulder
– Master of Science: Mechanical Engineering–Building Systems
California State University at Long Beach
– Bachelor of Science: Aerospace Engineering
- Association of Energy Engineers
- Society of Military Engineers
- Energy Efficiency Business Coalition
- Women in Sustainable Energy