William Bast

Devashish (Dave) Lahiri

Professional Engineer: CT, NY Other Certifications: CEM, CBCP Education: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Southern Illinois University Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering – University of North Bengal, India   Mr. Dave Lahiri is in charge of commissioning services, with over 20 years of experience in commissioning, field testing, technical assistance studies, and energy analyses. Mr. Lahiri has managed retro-commissioning & continuous commissioning for millions of sq. ft. of residential and office space. He is a certified building commissioning professional and certified energy manager through the American Association of Energy Engineers. Mr. Lahiri, as a Subject Matter Expert has recently developed training materials for Energy Audit in collaboration with Portland Energy Conservation Institute for the Department of Energy. His expertise includes:
  • Energy Star evaluations
  • Inspections, post-occupancy evaluations and solutions
  • Testing and monitoring to detect and remedy problems for HVAC and controls, for daylighting, air infiltration and ventilation Examples: American Museum of Folk Art, the South Jamaica Library, the Home Box Office Headquarters (all in New York City)
  • Monitoring of HVAC, lighting, electric and envelope systems

Dave Nguyen

Professional Engineer: NY Other Certifications: LEED AP Education: Bachelor of Science - Manhattan College   With over ten years of experience as a project manager and mechanical engineer, Mr. Nguyen’s project responsibilities have included coordinating day-to-day activities of engineering MEP design teams, overseeing the design process, and meeting with clients and consultants to ensure that design strategies are implemented successfully. Mr. Nguyen has managed LEED projects, worked on many energy efficiency audits, research projects, and commissioning projects. His work has included the design of mechanical systems for new buildings, upgrading chillers and boilers, cogeneration studies, as well as research and development of new building technologies. In the recent past, Mr. Nguyen has completed design projects in both commercial and residential sectors. Mr. Nguyen has also performed comprehensive energy audits and is the commissioning agent for projects including schools, high rise residential buildings, hotels and institutions.

Robert Vecchio

Professional Engineer Education: Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering – Lehigh University Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering – Lehigh University Master of Science in Civil - Structural Engineering – Manhattan College Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Supplement in Materials Science – University of Southern California   Dr. Robert Vecchio has been with LPI, Inc. (Lucius Pitkin) since 1985, currently as CEO and managing Principal (Partner), specializing in fitness-for-service, fatigue, and fracture mechanics analyses of structures. In addition to day-to-day company management, his responsibilities include fracture mechanics, stress and failure analyses, as well as oversight of mechanical behavior, fatigue and fracture testing and engineering computer software development and application. Dr. Vecchio is a licensed Professional Engineer. In addition to his responsibilities at LPI, Inc., Dr. Vecchio is also an Assistant Professor at Manhattan College where he teaches a graduate course in fracture mechanics and fatigue analyses. Over the past 20 years Dr. Vecchio has participated in some of New York City’s most challenging infrastructure issues, such as the Hell Gate gas main and Gramercy Park steam main explosions, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 4 Times Square scaffolding collapse, the Washington Heights black-out, and the tragic rescue and recovery efforts following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. At LPI, Dr. Vecchio has been involved in many critical engineering assessments involving various New York City agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, LPI has participated in the evaluations of almost all the NYC bridges and tunnels. In this regard, LPI recently completed an extensive engineering evaluation and testing program, which is currently being implemented for the replacement of the suspender cables on the George Washington Bridge – a major structural overhaul to one of NYC’s most critical transportation links. For the MTA, LPI has assisted the Long Island and Metro North Railroads in evaluating their equipment, in particular assisting these agencies in their ongoing efforts to operate such equipment in a safe and reliable manner. Similarly, LPI has evaluated extensive cracking problems in buses, subway cars, ambulances, and sanitation vehicles for the MTA and NYC.