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Arizona State University IAC
Center Established 1990
Arizona State University
Director Dr. Rene Villalobos
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The Arizona State University Industrial Assessment Center (AS-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy.

489 Assessments
3,865 Recommendations
4.11 Tbtu Energy Saving*
$77.19 million Cost Savings*
65 Students Trained
*Recommended Savings
Energy Engineering related programs, degrees, etc:
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Related Papers & Publications
P.E. Phelan, L. Bocanegra, R. Milcarek, A. Shuaib, & R. Villalobos, " Improving Manufacturing Productivity: the Industrial Assessment Center Program,", NCSE 2020 Annual Conference, January 6- 9, 2020,
Hector Flores, J Rene Villalobos, " A stochastic planning framework for the discovery of complementary, agricultural systems,", European Journal of Operational Research,
Ryan J Milcarek, Hisashi Nakamura, Takuya Tezuka, Kaoru Maruta, Jeongmin Ahn, " Investigation of microcombustion reforming of ethane/air and micro-Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells,", Journal of Power Sources,
Noteworthy Feedback
"Thank you so much to the ASU IAC team. From the beginning we were all impressed with how well prepared, professional, and knowledgeable the whole team was. They were attentive to our needs, and well informed on the energy usage and engineering principles involved in our specific manufacturing proces..." more
- Source: Brad Gilkison, Process Engineer, Service Wire Co., 07/17/2020
"The ASU team did an excellent job with their energy assessments of our manufacturing facilities. The team was very professional and sensitive to our safety and confidentiality expectations. The generated report provided several significant savings opportunities that we have already implemented. W..." more
- Source: Matt Herbert, Engineering Manager, International Flora Technologies, 04/13/2020
"“The ASU team did a wonderful job assessing our facility. It’s a large manufacturing facility and they entered safely and professionally. They were very courteous with our staff and a pleasure to work with. In the end, we received a report that helped us to save a significant amount of money,..." more
- Source: Samir Kanuga, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Paper Converting, 09/19/2019
Assessment - Case Studies
AS | Assessment: AS0318
Plastic Beverage Bottles Maker Implements All Recommendations
Related Papers & Publications
2020
9 Papers / Publications
P.E. Phelan, L. Bocanegra, R. Milcarek, A. Shuaib, & R. Villalobos, " Improving Manufacturing Productivity: the Industrial Assessment Center Program,", NCSE 2020 Annual Conference, January 6- 9, 2020,
Hector Flores, J Rene Villalobos, " A stochastic planning framework for the discovery of complementary, agricultural systems,", European Journal of Operational Research,
Ryan J Milcarek, Hisashi Nakamura, Takuya Tezuka, Kaoru Maruta, Jeongmin Ahn, " Investigation of microcombustion reforming of ethane/air and micro-Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells,", Journal of Power Sources,
Kyle E. Brown, Amir Baniassadi, Julie V. Pham, David J. Sailor, Patrick E. Phelan, " Effects of Rooftop Photovoltaics on Building Cooling Demand and Sensible Heat Flux Into the Environment for an Installation on a White Roof,", Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities,
Ryan J. Milcarek, Jiashen Tian, " Energy and Emissions Savings and Potential in Wastewater Treatment Facilities,", 16th Annual EPAZ Conference, 2020, March 4-5,
Nicolas Cambell, Ryan J. Milcarek, Rene Villalobos, Gamze Gungor Demirci, " Use of Biogas from a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant for Combined Heat and Power System,", AZ Water Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020, July,
Nicolas Campbell, Ryan J. Milcarek, Rene Villalobos, Gamze Gungor Demirci, " Use of Biogas from a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant for Combined Heat and Power System,", AZ Water Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020, July,
Miguel A. Peinado-Guerrero, Nicolas A. Campbell, Jesus R. Villalobos, Patrick E. Phelan, " A Framework for Demand-Side Management With Demand Response Input,", Proceedings of the ASME 2020 Power Conference POWER2020, August 4-5,
Nicolas A. Campbell, Miguel A. Peinado-Guerrero, Patrick E. Phelan, Jesus R. Villalobos, " A Comprehensive Framework for Distributed Energy Resource Aggregators,", Proceedings of the ASME 2020 Power Conference POWER2020, August 4-5, 2020,
2019
11 Papers / Publications
Zhaoli Zhang, Zicheng Hu, Huibin Xu, Xiaoli Dai, Junfeng Wang, Wenrui Jiao, Yanping Yuan, Patrick Phelan, " Theoretical analysis of a solar-powered multi-effect distillation integrated with concentrating photovoltaic/thermal system,", Desalination,
A Ahmad Bamasag, T Alqahtani, S Sinha, P Phelan, " Experimental Investigation of a Membrane Distillation System Using Solar Evacuated Tubes,", ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, 2019/11,
Hassan Nazir, Mariah Batool, Francisco J Bolivar Osorio, Marllory Isaza-Ruiz, Xinhai Xu, K Vignarooban, Patrick Phelan, Arunachala M Kannan, " Recent developments in phase change materials for energy storage applications: a review,", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 129, 491-523,
J René Villalobos, Wladimir E Soto-Silva, Marcela C González-Araya, Rosa G González–Ramirez, " Research directions in technology development to support real-time decisions of fresh produce logistics: A review and research agenda,", Computers and Electronics in Agriculture,
Hector Flores, J Rene Villalobos, Omar Ahumada, Mark Uchanski, Cesar Meneses, Octavio Sanchez, " Use of supply chain planning tools for efficiently placing small farmers into high-value, vegetable markets,", Computers and electronics in agriculture,
Omar Ahumada, J Rene Villalobos, " Decision support models for fresh fruits and vegetables supply chain management,", Sustainable Food Supply Chains,
Ryan J Milcarek, Jeongmin Ahn, " Micro-tubular flame-assisted fuel cells running methane, propane and butane: On soot, efficiency and power density,", Energy,
Ryan J Milcarek, Hisashi Nakamura, Takuya Tezuka, Kaoru Maruta, Jeongmin Ahn, " Microcombustion for micro-tubular flame-assisted fuel cell power and heat cogeneration,", Journal of Power Sources,
M Tuffaha, A Bazoune, F Al-Badour, N Merah, A Shuaib, " Dynamic Modeling and Analysis of a Horizontal Operating 3-Axis Machine for Friction Stir Welding,", IEEE Access,
Ahmed Mahgoub, Abdelaziz Bazoune, Neçar Merah, Fadi Al-Badour, Adelrahman Shuaib, " Effect of Welding Parameters on the Mechanical and Metallurgical Properties of Friction Stir Spot Welding of Copper Lap Joint,", Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering,
Zafar Iqbal, Abdelaziz Bazoune, Fadi Al-Badour, Abdelrahman Shuaib, Neçar Merah, " Effect of tool rotational speed on friction stir welding of ASTM A516-70 Steel Using W–25% Re Alloy tool,", Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering,
2018
11 Papers / Publications
Sami M Alelyani, Jonathan A Sherbeck, Zhaoli Zhang, Weston K Bertrand, Patrick Phelan, " Parametric study of an integrated organic Rankine/reverse Brayton refrigeration cycle and multiple-effect desalination unit,", Desalination and Water Treatment, 136,
Swapnil S Salvi, Vishal Bhalla, Robert A Taylor, Vikrant Khullar, Todd P Otanicar, Patrick E Phelan, Himanshu Tyagi, " Technological Advances to Maximize Solar Collector Energy Output: A Review,", Journal of Electronic Packaging, 140,
Sofiene Mellouli, Faouzi Askri, Abhilash Edacherian, Talal Alqahtani, Salem Algarni, Jemni Abdelmajid, Patrick Phelan, " Performance analysis of a thermal energy storage system based on paired metal hydrides for concentrating solar power plants,", Applied Thermal Engineering, 144,
Zhaoli Zhang, Sami M Alelyani, Nan Zhang, Chao Zeng, Yanping Yuan, Patrick E Phelan, " Thermodynamic analysis of a novel sodium hydroxide-water solution absorption refrigeration, heating and power system for low-temperature heat sources,", Applied Energy, 222,
Mazin Obaidat, Ahmed Al-Ghandoor, Patrick Phelan, Rene Villalobos, Ammar Alkhalidi, " Energy and exergy analyses of different aluminum reduction technologies,", Sustainability,
Sami M Alelyani, Jonathan A Sherbeck, Nicholas W Fette, Yuqian Wang, Patrick E Phelan, " Assessment of a novel heat-driven cycle to produce shaft power and refrigeration,", Applied Energy, 215,
Na Wang, Patrick E. Phelan, Chioke Harris, Jared Langevin, Brent Nelson, Karma Sawyer, " Past visions, current trends, and future context: A review of building energy, carbon, and sustainability,", Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews,
Xinyue Han, Yongjie Guo, Qian Wang, Patrick Phelan, " Optical characterization and durability of immersion cooling liquids for high concentration III-V photovoltaic systems,", Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells,
Hector Flores, J Rene Villalobos, " A modeling framework for the strategic design of local fresh-food systems,", Agricultural systems,
Fadi Al-Badour, Necar Merah, Omer Mohamed, Abdelaziz Bazoune, Abdelrahman Shuaib, " Optimizing Process Conditions in Friction Stir-Diffusion Lap Welding of Aluminum Alloy With Cold Rolled Steel,", ASME 2018 13th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference,
Ahmed Mahgoub, Abdelaziz Bazoune, Fadi Al-Badour, Necar Merah, Abdelrahman Shuaib, " Effect of Welding Parameters on Temperature Distribution During Friction Stir Spot Welding of Commercial Pure Copper Lap Joint,", ASME 2018 13th International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference,
2017
12 Papers / Publications
Xinyue Han, Yongjie Guo, Qian Wang, Jian Qu, Patrick Phelan, " Investigations of III–V concentrator solar cells with liquid immersion for high concentrating photovoltaic systems,", Solar Energy,
Zhaoli Zhang, Yanping Yuan, Sami Alelyani, Xiaoling Cao, Patrick E Phelan, " Thermophysical properties enhancement of ternary carbonates with carbon materials for high-temperature thermal energy storage,", Solar Energy,
Na Wang, Patrick E Phelan, Jorge Gonzalez, Chioke Harris, Gregor P Henze, Robert Hutchinson, Jared Langevin, Mary Ann Lazarus, Brent Nelson, Chris Pyke, Kurt Roth, David Rouse, Karma Sawyer, Stephen Selkowitz, " Ten questions concerning future buildings beyond zero energy and carbon neutrality,", Building and Environment,
Sami M Alelyani, Nicholas W Fette, Ellen B Stechel, Pinchas Doron, Patrick E Phelan, " Techno-economic analysis of combined ammonia-water absorption refrigeration and desalination,", Energy Conversion and Management,
Mark J Miner, Robert A Taylor, Cassandra Jones, Patrick E Phelan, " Efficiency, economics, and the urban heat island,", Environment and Urbanization,
Zhaoli Zhang, Yanping Yuan, Liping Ouyang, Haiquan Zhang, Xiaoling Cao, Liangliang Sun, Patrick E Phelan, " Thermal properties of ternary carbonate/T-ZnOw for thermal energy storage in high-temperature concentrating solar power systems,", Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing,
Ming Qu, Omar Abdelaziz, Patrick Phelan, Bahman Habibzadeh, " Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power Systems for Buildings,", Handbook of Integrated and Sustainable Buildings Equipment and Systems,
Patrick Phelan, Mark Miner, " Flow Boiling Enhancement via Cross-Sectional Expansion,", Handbook of Multiphase Flow Science and Technology,
Hector Flores, Cesar Meneses, J Rene Villalobos, Octavio Sanchez, " Improvement of feedlot operations through statistical learning and business analytics tools,", Computers and electronics in agriculture,
Zafar Iqbal, Nesar Merah, Saheb Nouari, Abdel Rahman Shuaib, Nasser Al-Aqeeli, " Investigation of wear characteristics of spark plasma sintered W-25wt% Re alloy and W-25wt% Re-3.2 wt% HfC composite,", Tribology International,
Fadi Al-Badour, Ahmed Mahgoub, Abdelaziz Bazoune, Abdelrahman Shuaib, Necar Merah, " On-Line Condition Monitoring of Friction Stir Spot Welding Tool Using Vibration Measurements,", ASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference,
Gihad Kerrar, Nesar Merah, Abdelrahman Nasr Shuaib, AL-Badour Fadi, Abdelaziz Bazoune, " Experimental and numerical investigations of friction stir welding of aluminum to copper,", Applied Mechanics, Behavior of Materials, and Engineering Systems,
Noteworthy Feedback
"Thank you so much to the ASU IAC team. From the beginning we were all impressed with how well prepared, professional, and knowledgeable the whole team was. They were attentive to our needs, and well informed on the energy usage and engineering principles involved in our specific manufacturing process. They were able to identify energy savings and efficiency improvements that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. With their recommendations, we hope to greatly decrease our energy usage and waste. I would strongly recommend the team and their services to anybody that is lucky enough to have the opportunity."
- Source: Brad Gilkison, Process Engineer, Service Wire Co., 07/17/2020
"The ASU team did an excellent job with their energy assessments of our manufacturing facilities. The team was very professional and sensitive to our safety and confidentiality expectations. The generated report provided several significant savings opportunities that we have already implemented. We would highly recommend IAC to others."
- Source: Matt Herbert, Engineering Manager, International Flora Technologies, 04/13/2020
"“The ASU team did a wonderful job assessing our facility. It’s a large manufacturing facility and they entered safely and professionally. They were very courteous with our staff and a pleasure to work with. In the end, we received a report that helped us to save a significant amount of money, which definitely exceeded my expectations.”"
- Source: Samir Kanuga, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Paper Converting, 09/19/2019
"We appreciate all that the IAC team have done for us and we are excited to look into implementing these recommendations. The professionalism and technical knowledge of the students and the final report exceeded expectations. We will be sure to stay in touch with any questions we may have. Thanks again!"
- Source: Gregg Mosby, COO, Liberty Greenleaf, 02/21/2020
"IAC was very helpful as they identified and prioritize various energy efficiency projects in our 65,000 SF manufacturing facility. The projects identified gave us specific paybacks that ranged from a few years to some as short as a few months! We highly recommend IAC to other Arizona businesses."
- Source: Daren Riley, CEO, DRG Technologies, 03/09/2020
Center Director Dr. Rene Villalobos
Email rene.villalobos@asu.edu
Phone # +14807276098
Fax # n/a
Mailing Address Psychology North (PSYN) 150
Tempe, AZ 85281
Other Dr. Abdelrahman Shuaib
Other Dr. Gamze Gungor Demirci
Other Dr. Luis Bocanegra
Assistant Director Dr. Patrick Phelan
Assistant Director Dr. Ryan Milcarek
Arizona State University has trained 65 students
The following students have participated in IAC assessments with Arizona State University since 2003, when student name tracking began.
The 23 students (in BOLD) have also been awarded IAC student certificates for exceptional participation.

Ahmed Alghandoor
Alan Meng Zhang
Amanda Williams
Amy Cook
Anasthas ios Francis
Anne Raynes
Brady Hale
Brian Wisler
Cameron Marble
Carlos Flores
Celine Chang
Cesar Martinez
Christian Morin
Clive Matsika
Daniel Florin
David Jacobi
Derall Riley
DHIR JAYESH PATEL
Emma Martz
Eric Duncan
Espiridion Evangelista
Fernando Aguirre
Harsh Chande
J. Shane Chadwick
Jane He
Jason Rawe
Jeff Van Huet
Jiashen Tian
John Cartwright
John Romano
Joseph Elio
Joseph Webster
Kaitlin Kreck
Kayla DeVault
Keshawa Dhanushka Bandara
Kshitiz Swamy
Levi Siwek
Lionel Mitchop
Mackenzie Wodicker
Malathi Ramesh
Miguel Peinado-Guerrero
Nakesha Bynum
Nayan Goswami
Neil Hounjet
Nicholas Fette
Nicolas Campbell
Prajesh Bhattacharya
Rajitha Vallebhaneni
Ramesh Sadashiv
Rene Villalobos
Rodrigo Ulloa
Sabarish Vinod
Sanjoy Saha
Santosh Krishnamurthy
Sarah Johnston
Sarah Romero
Sarbith Aguilar
Sergio Luis Lopez
Sharbel Nashar
Sonali Singh
Talia Offord
Tassos Frantzis
Tim Duan
Valdemar Gonzales
Yogeshwar Kuppa

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