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Joel Bender, Software Engineer V
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
Joel graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science where he concentrated on compiler design and construction, artificial intelligence applications and tools for collaboration. He joined BACSI soon after and has been the principle systems architect ever since. He briefly left the university to join a local consulting firm where he designed and developed robotics and machine vision systems and soon returned to EMCS development. He is the 2010 Facilities Services Cornerstone Award winner for Effectiveness Improvements as well as the 2011 German Shepherd Award winner from BACnet International. He is very active developing and maintaining collaboration tools in the BACnet community and is the author of a variety open source applications for other developers. Most recently he has joined the Smart Grid standardization efforts initiated by NIST that is now a joint ASHRAE/NEMA committee.

Joel lives in the Northeast area of Ithaca near the Sapsucker Woods Bird Sanctuary with his wife Jane-Margaret and two daughters, Jakendra and Jessandra.

Steve Mandl, Applications Programmer IV
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
Steve started out developing software in the 1980's while in high school writing games for fun. For work he was developing data collection and analysis software for researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute. Not thinking seriously of making a living in this profession, he worked in construction at various places including the Cornell College of Engineering until taking a job at a local computer consultant in 1992. There he built a new purchasing and inventory system, did site visits, and eventually ran the repair department before leaving to work for another consulting firm as a network engineer in 1995. While there, one of his clients was Cornell Planning, Design, and Construction (PDC). In 1997 Steve took a position with the PDC network support section as a Programmer. He started taking advantage of extramural courses that year, and has continued ever since. By 2002 Steve had transitioned to working in the Facilities Programming Services office where he remained until 2013 when he joined BACSI. He is currently developing and enhancing EMCS and related systems, and plans to graduate from the College of Engineering with a BS in Computer Science in May 2016.

Steve lives in Danby with his wife Susan and son Graham. He has two older daughters Adriane and Angelica. He is an outside-the-box thinker. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, sailing, photography, biking, playing piano, skiing, camping, listening to music, and trying new things.

Bob Wise, Network Engineer II
Humphreys Service Building
Ithaca, NY 14853-3701
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1981. After graduation, Bob developed test software for U.S. Air Force radar systems and U.S. Navy sonar and minesweeper magnetic field measurement systems. In the private sector, Bob developed textile manufacturing process control software for DuPont. One of his contributions at Cornell was writing a network-to-serial conversion program that enables EMCS communication with the remaining Johnson Controls DSC-8500 HVAC controllers via the campus backbone network. Bob's current foreground project is implementing network communication with new electric and steam meters and defining the meters in the EMCS, with real-time numerical and graphical trend displays. His other BACSI responsibilities include configuring a variety of network-to-serial converters to enable field devices to communicate with the EMCS, general support of network communication with EMCS field devices, including wireless links to remote devices, modifying Access Control Lists for the EMCS VLANs as needed, and hardware support of the EMCS server environment.

BACSI Colleagues

BACSI's work would be not be successful without the dedicated collaboration of other Cornell staff members. Some of those with whom we work closely are listed below.

Joshua Onyan, Manager of EMCS
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
Josh graduated from Buffalo State College in 2001, where he majored in Computer Information Systems. After college Josh went to work for an internet provider in Buffalo before landing at Cornell University, where he started as an electrician apprentice with relief EMCS operator responsibilities. After his apprenticeship Josh took the job of network/system administrator for EMCS where he was in charge of maintaining all of the 40+ servers, 25+ desktops as well as the multiple VLAN network infrastructure. Josh currently serves as Manager of EMCS where he oversees management and technical operations of the EMCS.

Dave Roman, Foreperson, EMCS
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
A former Navy Nuclear Plant Technician, David attended Cornell, where he was a Merrill Presidential Scholar and CALS Alumni Award recipient. Graduating in 1992, he joined the Facility Services Control Shop. David has over twenty years of controls experience. He has been the Lead Programmer and/or Controls Engineer, or Commissioning Agent, on numerous DDC projects across the University, representing millions of dollars in controls work for a wide variety of applications. His labors spearheaded the replacement of facilities' obsolete controls with new generation DDC infrastructures. Developing programming that reflected current best practices for equipment control and energy efficiency along with performing/supervising hardware installation - his efforts have singularly contributed to achieving reduced energy consumption and routine maintenance activity with improved climate control across Cornell. David currently serves as the Foreperson of EMCS, attending to daily operations, providing technical support, and contributing to maintenance of the EMCS database and BACnet infrastructure of the University.

Joe Brand, EMCS Operator
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
After high school, Joe joined the United States Coast Guard where he worked as an Aviation Structural Mechanic and Flight Mechanic onboard the Sikorsky HH-52A helicopter and where he learned valuable troubleshooting and search and rescue skills. Upon return to civilian life, Joe worked for Therm Incorporated and was involved in the of custom machining of turbine blades and vanes for both aerospace and industrial turbines. Joe came to Cornell in 1999 as a Control Tech/Plumber apprentice and currently works as an EMCS Operator. In his spare time Joe is a private pilot and member of the East Hill Flying Club and enjoys flying the club's planes. He also enjoys hiking the area's many park trails in the warmer weather.

James Meyer, EMCS Operator
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
James is our resident recluse and enjoys remaining rather anonymous. His (highly edited) history maintains that he was a Marine during the first Gulf War and is a veteran of Desert Storm / Desert Shield. He came to Cornell after leaving the Marines in 1992 and joined us as an EMCS operator in 2001, since when he's been a calm and steady presence, attending to the myriad vagaries of the EMCS. James is a talented photographer and avid cyclist.

Tom Pawelko, EMCS Operator
Chilled Water Plant I - Weinhold
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tom was Born in New York City, which would make him a New York Yankee fan. (We think Tom literally bleeds Yankee Blue.) He graduated from Dryden High in 1971 where he lettered in Football (1969 Interscholastic Athletic Conference champion), Basketball, Baseball and Track. Tom joined the U.S. Navy in 1972 where he served as a Boiler Technician and Hull Technician. Tom came to Utilities in November 1978 as a Boiler Technician, subsequently transferring to the Chilled Water Plant as a Plant Operator, a position that eventually evolved into EMCS Operator. Approximately 15 years later, Tom transferred to the Control Shop as a Controls Technician/Electrician. When the need for an EMCS Operator arose, Tom came onboard. In November 2012, Tom will have been at Cornell for 34 years.

Elaine Stanton-Hicks, Facilities Designer II
Humphreys Service Building
Ithaca, NY 14853
Elaine is a member of the Alfred State Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Class of 1987. Following graduation she worked out of the Rochester Branch of Johnson Controls as an Application Engineer until she decided to make the jump to Cornell in 1995. Since that time she has been a programmer in the Control Shop engineering group. Elaine has spearheaded the development of the control strategies necessary to implement the University's multi-level chilled water and steam load shedding program and has done much of the programming of the field devices necessary for its implementation. She also continues to make excellent use of her Johnson Controls experience to keep our large collection of JCI devices up and running. In her spare time she is a NASCAR enthusiast and often helps out at the races in Watkins Glen and Daytona!

BACSI Alumni

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
John of Salisbury

Mike Newman
Mike started at Cornell in 1960 as an undergraduate in Engineering Physics and later did graduate work at the Cornell Center for Radiophysics and Space Research in astronomy and astrophysics. (OK, that makes him a bit of a "rocket scientist" but don't hold it against him!) Following several years in aviation as pilot and flight instructor, Mike returned in 1977 to take over the fledgling EMCS project which has evolved into our current system. This growth was only possible through the help of the BACSI, EMCS and Control Shop personnel listed here. Mike was instrumental in the development of the BACnet communication protocol and has served as chair of ASHRAE's Standards Committee. Mike retired in June, 2015. For more on Mike's career, click here.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin joined BACSI in October, 2010. He arrived at Cornell thirty years earlier as an IBM 370 mainframe operator for Cornell Information Technologies, eventually transferring to Administrative Programming Services (APS) to work on the Admissions, Registrar, and Public Affairs systems. Bill was Computer Operations Manager, programmer, and factotum for ORIE in the Engineering School for the majority of his Cornell career, responsible for all aspects of IT planning, procurement, and support for research, instruction, and administration. Later, Bill was Webmaster for Undergraduate Admissions and Network Administrator for Pesticide Sales and Use Reporting (PSUR) in Entomology. Building on his BA from Hobart College, Bill has taken many additional courses over the years in fields such as information technology, computer science, communications, programming, databases, computer forensics, and statistics. Since joining BACSI, Bill has worked in such areas as utility mapping, data analysis and reporting, building control graphics, and web interface enhancements. Bill retired in January, 2016.

Tom Moffett
After 8 years of service with the Navy off Vietnam, Tom earned his AAS degree in Air-Conditioning Technology in 1975. From 1977 through 1994, Tom worked as a Utilities Control Room Operator for the Miller Brewing Company in Fulton, NY. During this period Tom found the time to complete a BS degree program in the Management of Engineering Systems at Empire State College in 1988. He came to Cornell in February 1994 as an HVAC Controls Technician and EMCS Operator.

More Information

If you have questions about the building automation and control systems at Cornell, please contact the BACSI Team Leader:

Joel Bender
(607) 255-8880

EMCS Control Room

EMCS Operations is located in a control room at the Julius F. Weinhold Chilled Water Plant. The "Bridge" is manned 24/7/365 by at least one operator and the workstations are arranged so that, in the event of a major campus incident, a second operator can join in.


BACSI and EMCS Operations are both located at the Julius F. Weinhold Chilled Water Plant on Beebe Lake.