Richard Combes, PhD, PE
Energy Efficiency Engineer
Dr. Combes has more than 38 years experience conducting and managing energy and environmental projects, including 27 years with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Dr. Combes managed energy conservation extension and research programs for Georgia industries, including textiles, food processing, pulp and paper, and small manufacturing firms. These programs included the Industrial Energy Extension Service, sponsored by the Georgia Energy Office; the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center at Georgia Tech, sponsored by DOE; industrial bio-energy demonstrations, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission and DOE; and industrial heat recovery/reuse demonstrations sponsored by DOE and Georgia-based industrial trade associations. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, Atlanta Regional Office, where he provided design and technical assistance under the Federal Energy Management Program, Rebuild America, State Energy Program, and managed DOE workshops in Atlanta for green building design, energy-modeling software, and distributed energy applications. Rich is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia and South Carolina. He earned Bachelor and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Technology and Science Policy, and PhD in History of Technology, all from Georgia Tech. With Advantek he has managed projects with municipal energy efficiency programs; helped evaluate new technologies for building HVAC; and conducted energy modeling for Federal and state clients.