San Diego State University (SDSU) is a respected institution of higher-learning, and among other things, is particularly well-known for its research expenditures and undergraduate International Business program. It's the largest university in San Diego and the third-largest in the state of California. With today's larger university campuses operating as almost cities unto themselves, their energy and power needs have become more and more demanding and the need for reliability is paramount. In SDSU's case, being located in California adds an additional layer of challenges when you take into account the state?s well-documented history of energy issues - including consistent shortages and outages - both things that could cripple its sprawling campus. Just one such incident has the potential to halt or even damage important research, postpone classes and athletic events, and leave the over 33,000 students enrolled without power. The man charged with monitoring and analysis of SDSU's campus is Bill Lekas. His experience in the field of energy management spans almost 25 years, and Lekas' management of the SDSU campus has not gone unnoticed by his peers. In 2006, he was named Manager of the Year in Region 5 by the Association of Energy Engineers (ACE). Additionally, SDSU Physical Plant was presented with an award for sustainability from UC-Santa Barbara for best practices for Monitoring Based Commissioning with the SDSU Library and Science buildings.
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