Michael K. West, PhD, PE
Building Systems Scientist
Mike West has honed a broad combination of design, construction, and commissioning capabilities; and research, training and writing skills. He consults with design teams to avoid common project mistakes that result in re-work or poor system performance, to overcome barriers to the use of advanced technologies, and to improve existing designs. Dr. West has authored and presented several webinars where he encapsulates the results of research and practical experience and delivers the information for HVAC designers to apply directly to their commercial and institutional building projects. This includes a DOAS webinar which provided rich feedback as to the actual questions and concerns of practicing engineers. He has also published several articles for the practicing HVAC designer and hands-on facility manager, including "Low-Cost Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems," and "Specifying High-Performance Rooftop Units," Dr. West is also a longstanding member of the HPAC Engineering Editorial Advisory Board. He earned a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering / Thermal Science, is a practicing Professional Engineer, and holds an EPA 608 Types I, II, and III refrigerant technician certifications. Dr. West is currently a co-owner and principal building-systems scientist for Advantek Consulting Inc. He is responsible for the development of new HVAC technologies from research to installation, as well as the engineering of energy-efficiency and indoor-environmental-quality projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. A recipient of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) International Project of the Year award for a solar-desiccant cooling system, he has extensive experience applying renewable sources of energy. He is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (Space Coast Chapter) and AEE.