The University of Missouri-Columbia Industrial Assessment Center (MZ-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy.

MZ-IAC Activity Map
190 Assessments
1,473 Recommendations
3.69 Tbtu Energy Saving*
$26.03 million Cost Savings*
143 Students Trained
*Recommended Savings
University of Missouri-Columbia also coordinates a Satellite IAC Center at:
Wichita State University
Related Papers & Publications

2013
6 Papers / Publications
Bin Wu, Sandina Ponte, and Chatchai Pinthuprapa, " Institutionalization of Industrial Best Practice of Energy Efficiency: The Case of a Global Manufacturing Organization,", Periodical of Applied Mechanics and Materials Vols. 316-317 (2013) pp 91-94, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland,
Wu, B., " Education the next generation of energy-savvy workforce,", American Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 4, pp85-91,
Wu, B., " The Complete Cycle to Achieve Industrial Energy Efficiency – Concept, Resources, And Application,", Journal of International Energy Policy – Spring 2013 Volume 2, Number 1, pp 23-30,
Bin Wu, Sandina Ponte and Chatchai Pinthuprapa, " Institutionalization of Industrial Best Practice of Energy Efficiency: The Case of a Global Manufacturing Organization,", Proceedings of International Conference of Energy and Environmental Engineering (ICEEEE 2013), E253,
Wu, B., Sandina Ponte and A. Khoshkhoo, " Computer-Aided Adaptation of Superior Energy Performance and ISO50001,", 2013 International Academic Conference, Paris,
Wu, B. and J. Abad, " Model of Collaboration to Promote Energy Efficiency,", 2013 Int. Academic Conf., Paris, Paris,

2012
5 Papers / Publications
Wu, B., Sandina Ponte, " Institutionalizing Energy Efficiency within the Manufacturing Industry: a Computer-Aided Framework for ISO50001,", Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Environment and Industrial Innovation (ICEII2012), Hong Kong,
Wu, B., " The Complete Cycle to Achieve Industrial Energy Efficiency – Concept, Resources, and Application,", Proceedings of International Academic Conference, Maui,
Wu, B., " Educating the Next Generation of Energy-Savvy Workforce,", Proceeding of International Academic Conference, RHI13-348, Maui,
Wu, B., J. Wibbenmeyer, A. Khoshkhoo, " Setting Achievable Goals for Industrial Energy Efficiency – a Structured Approach,", Proceedings of International Academic Conference, Maui,
C. Pinthuprapa, B. Wu, " A Study of the Effectiveness of Energy Services in Public Schools,", Proceedings of International Academic Conference, Maui,

2011
1 Papers / Publications
Wu, B, " The Complete Cycle to Institutionalize Energy Efficiency – Conceptual Framework, Tools, and Industrial Cases,", Proceeding of Annual Conference of ACEEE, June, Niagara Falls,

2009
3 Papers / Publications
Wu, B, " A State-Wide Effort to Promote Best Practices in Industrial Energy Efficiency in Missouri,", Proceedings of 2009 Energy Summit, pp243-251, ACEEE, White Water, NY,
Wu, B, " How to improve energy efficiency in the manufacturing sector,", Annual MUPA conference,

2008
3 Papers / Publications
Khanna S., Wu, B., " A Multi-Pronged Approach to Achieving Energy Efficiency,", Annual Conference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Washington,
Wu, B., Story, J., Tara O'Hare, " Win, Win, Win: Integrating Lean, Clean and Energy Assessments,", MEP National Conference, Orlando,

2007
3 Papers / Publications
Wu, B., " A Systematic Effort to Promote Best Practices in Industrial Energy Efficiency,", Annual Conference of ACEEE, Washington DC,
Wu, B., " Conceptual Framework of Healthcare Systems Engineering and Pilot Curriculum Development,", Annual Conf of American Society for Engineering Education, Hawaii,
Wu, B., " Promoting Awareness of Industrial Energy Efficiency and Waste Reduction in the University Students Population,", Annual Conf of American Society for Engineering Education, Hawaii,
Noteworthy Feedback
""Am doing great. I have submitted answers below, with implementation dates. We very much appreciate you leading us in the right direction and as you see from the responses below, we have implemented a large amount of your recommendations. I am also in the process of applying for an Energy Star certification for the plant and will let you know if I need any info. or help. Thanks again for your help""
- Source: Aspen D'Costa, Operations Manager, Rubbermaid, 08/24/2015
""Thanks for visiting our facility and completing the assessment. We need all the help we can get when it comes to energy reduction.""
- Source: Eric Sucha, Plant Technical Manager, General Mills, 03/11/2014
"This audit has resulted approximately $400,000 annual saving through implementation of recommendations - very close to the estimation in as our report (company recorded 10% of savings out of $4.5M utility costs/year): "Good Afternoon Dr. Wu, ... I will update you on your findings during your team’s energy audit at Piramal. It should also be noted that our plant has formed an “Energy Pillar Team” in an effort to achieve a level 3 status in our “Operational Excellence” program.... ... AR2. Our XXX furnace was repaired not long after your audit. This furnace is operating more efficiently. Our XXX Furnace is being scheduled for a repair in xxxx. AR3. I have initiated a quoted project using Ameren’s rebate program. I currently have a proposal to install VFDs on all of our fans before our Corporate office awaiting approval. AR4. At present our XXX is down for a rebuild and upgrade. I also have an approved project through Ameren’s rebate program to improve control of our compressors. This project includes leak detection and repair of our compressed air system. This project to be completed before November of this year. AR5. This is a viable suggestion which has yet to be implemented. AR6. This suggestion is part of the compressed air project mentioned above and will be implemented as funds become available. AR7. As belts are changed in the course of PM’s, we are re-installing cogged V-belts. Estimate 50% of belts are now cogged. AR8. Resetting of thermostats for the most part has been accomplished. Problem with keeping unauthorized personnel from changing settings will have to be addressed. AR9. Photo-eyes have been installed and are working well. · Preliminary data shows electrical saving of about 10% over previous year with just the implemented items. · Our Energy Pillar Team is working to establish data collection with more detail. · I will stay in touch as more data becomes available. Sincerely,""
- Source: Dan Hoover, Plant Engineer, Piramal Glass, 06/08/2015
""Hello Bin - My Maintenance team upgraded the building BMS controls in 2014. In Oct 2014, we tested & Nov refined the control. The results. In a same time comparison, the site used 814,229 kWh less Jan - May 2013 & 423,564 kWh less than Jan - May 2014. We implemented 1-3. 4 & 5 were not done." Update from the company's Sustainability Manager, On Dec 16 2015 Mr. Jeffery Whitford wrote: "I just wanted to reach out to let you know that we're in the very early stages of a major energy efficiency investment. Our business went through a major transition over the past few months as we were acquired by XXXX, Germany. There is an even greater focus on environmental sustainability and investment in energy efficiency. I expect that with this change we will be working on implementing the things you outlined in the coming year or two since we're looking a 3 year program that is probably in the range of a $5 - $15 M investment (coop - wide). Thank you again ....jw" "
- Source: Kurt McClellan, Jeffery Whitford, Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Sigma-Aldrich, 06/08/2015
""Dr. Wu, Please see my responses below, in red. As we discussed over the phone, you are welcome to visit and see the changes we have made. We would be honored to show you and your group our progress. Thank you,""
- Source: Shawn Torrez, Operations Manager - NKC, Arkema, 08/31/2015
""Bin, Thank you again for a very interesting and productive visit today! ""
- Source: Brad Dickerman, Alsip Improvement Engineer, Arkema, 09/23/2014
""I am interested in a possible intern to focus on energy programs here, would this interest any student? Could be anytime for ?? how long.""
- Source: Jim Westerdale, Facilities Engineer, Maxion Wheels, Sedalia Plant, 08/26/2015
""We had very good feedback from our sister company that you audited earlier!""
- Source: Dan Hunzeker, Operations Manager, General Mills, 03/11/2015
""Hi Dr. Wu, Thank you for putting this together. We appreciate the time you and your team spent on this. We will review and get back to you with any questions and I will see if I can involve any other sites. Thanks again," Also feedback from one of the MoIAC student team member (Jeff Hoiday): "... I first want to thank you for introducing me into the world of energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The opportunity that you (IAC) provided was one that would change my outlook on the ever bearing question of what I want to do when I graduate. You opened the door for me to finally answer that question.""
- Source: Thomas Wagner, Production Manager, Nestle Purina, 06/25/2015
"Forwarded by John Smegal: "Simple feedback. Completely unsolicited. Kudos to Bin. John Smegal (11/29/2011)" From the company to John Smegal: "Thank you, I will absolutely keep you posted and as some feedback, I was impressed with the quality of the Versailles, MO energy assessment by the University of Missouri-Columbia compared with the result of some paid assessments at our other locations." "
- Source: Ellen Huang, Director, Environmental Affairs, Gates Corporation, 11/29/2011
"" ... thank you for taking the time to follow up. There was a lot of good information in the report that I have budgeted in 2011 to correct. Thanks again,""
- Source: Tim Wagner, Plant Operations Manager, Cott Beverages, 10/15/2015
""Dear Dr. Wu, We appreciate the time and talents that you are dedicating towards the Energy Audit and Recommendations for Ceramo. ... Regards, Vernon L. Kasten, Jr. President and CEO" "
- Source: Vemon Kasten, Jr., President and CEO, Ceramo, 03/20/2008
""I have mentioned the program to our corporate CEO and of course he has encouraged us to submit the recommendations and start saving money. Thanks again for all of your assistance. I can assure you that we will be implementing your suggestions this year. Best Regards,""
- Source: Buddy Sebastiao, Plant Manager, CMI, 04/22/2008
""Hello again. ... Since your last visit we have considerably reduced our energy consumption by over 25% and have plans in place to reach an 40% or more. Regards,""
- Source: Erol Artan, 05/09/2009
"On Jul 30, 2013, at 4:12 PM, Joe Kaufman <JKaufman@ofalloncasting.com> wrote: Dr. Bin Wu O'Fallon Casting would like to thank Dr. Bin Wu and the IAC team for the Assessment report that helped us to review the recommendations for Compressed Air, Broken Seals on Oven Doors, Insulating all of our steam pipes, heat recovery and replacing our old 1978 Boiler with a new efficient Boiler. These completed recommendations will result in actual cost savings, reduction in CO2 emissions, a reduction in electric and natural gas consumption. You and your team are always welcome at O'Fallon Casting. Thanks Joseph J.Kaufman Human Resource & Environmental Mgr. "
- Source: Joe Kaufman, HR & Environmental Manager, O, 07/30/2013
""Dr. Wu,..., We appreciate everything your team has done for us; . ... (the IAC team) were very professional and thorough during their visit, and we very much appreciate you taking the time to do the audit. .... We wish all of your students luck, and it was an honor to have everyone here at our facility. Best regards,""
- Source: 05/08/2009
""Dr. Wu, It was truly a pleasure to speak with you again. Please find the attached document which demonstrates we have reduced our KWH consumption by 13.9% (while producing more product) since your visit. Thanks again for your assistance and don’t hesitate to call if you need any additional data. Jason C. Hamblen Ring Container Technologies Saint Joseph, MO""
- Source: Jason C. Hamblen, Plant Manager, Ring Container Technologies, 07/20/2011
""Thank you so very much - this is an eye opener in many areas and I'm sure we will be able to use many of the recommendations going forward. We appreciate your willingness to do this for our company." Also, the following was sent by a IAC student (on 10/6/2015) team member who was involved in this and the other audits: "I just submitted my application for the IAC certificate request form, and I can not thank you enough for all that you have done for our IAC family the past few years. .. (the) energy efficiency class and being a part of the IAC team have truly been the most rewarding experiences of my college career. As I prepare to graduate in December, I look forward to taking everything ... about energy efficiency and apply it to the real world and be able to make a real impact wherever I end up. Being part of your team has been an amazing experience and more valuable than I can put into words. Thank you again for getting me involved with such a great opportunity. Nick Cain""
- Source: Annette Sachs, Cohen Architectural Woodworking, LLC, 10/08/2015
""Thank you very much for this report. ... I am quite impressed with the comprehensiveness of your study and recommended actions. I will be sure we get our team involved with evaluating this report and taking actions to improve our energy usage performance. ... Thanks again" (March 9, 2016). "The work you carried out was so relevant and useful, that it has inspired me to initiate a internship program here at our company." (April 6, 2017)."
- Source: Keith Moszczenski, Chief Operating and Fiancial Office, Schlafly , 03/09/2016
""Dr. Wu Thank You for performing the Energy Audit at Car-Anth Mfg. last year. The audit provided valuable information to Car-Anth while gaining your team experience in performing audits. The Audit made Car-Anth aware of utilities being lost or wasted and therefore dollars being lost or wasted. The audit gave insight into some simple ways to save energy dollars.... Again, Thank You Dr. Wu and the University of Missouri Energy Audit team for the information given to us.""
- Source: Tom Dussoild, CEO, Car-Anth Manufacturing, 03/15/2016
""Your visit and report provided us with motivation and budget information to help us get these done. Thanks you very much for the work you've done.""
- Source: Rod Colhaun, Plant Manager, 03/29/2017
""Such a wonderful opportunity - you can use me as a reference anytime!" "Dr. Wu, Thank you for the follow up to the audit you and the students performed last year. I found the observations very insightful and relevant to our manufacturing operation. It was extremely helpful to learn how to quantify the savings. It is easy to overlook and avoid making the investments until you place a value on what it costs you in energy costs. Though we are unable to implement some of the items we've taken the first steps with trading out the light fixtures throughout the facility as suggested by your audit team. Best regards, Drew Dubray General Manger Koken Manufacturing""
- Source: Drew Dubray, Plant Manager, Takara Belmont, 03/29/2017
"The report looks great! Very detailed and payback calculations make it easy for our team to prioritize. We are planning to discuss it tomorrow in our weekly management meeting and come up with an action plan to start getting some of the improvements underway. I will let you know how things progress. It has been a real pleasure working with you and your team. "
- Source: Duane Clonts , Maintenance Manager, 05/19/2017
"Positronics Industries, Inc, has greatly benefited from the relationship that has developed with the IAC. The energy audit and assessment in which the IAC performed at our three Missouri facilities is part of our continuous improvement process of reducing and maximizing the energy used at these facilities. The audits have made us look at the feasibility of installing LED lighting, energy efficiency motors, and evaluating HVAC systems just to mention a few areas. The resulting cost savings can then be invested into the company. Having a relationship with the IAC provides Positronics Industries an additional partner in the journey down the path of sustainability and environmental stewardship. Another benefit is the information and techniques from the energy audits performed can be used to assess our other global divisions. This is a win-win situation. "
- Source: Scott Foley, Project Manager, 05/13/2016
"This is a very comprehensive energy report. Very well stated through careful engineering calculations. I am glad to see that all data used were true and within range. Savings calculated are realistic and initial cost were low. Bottom line is, I like your approach of evaluating what we have and figuring out how to manage the equipment to yield higher throughput in relation to operating cost before any expensive upgrade implementations. (by Khanna: this comment relates to the battery cooling AR #9, I had suggested that they should first conduct an experiment on a small table that mimics their larger scale production) I truly appreciate the effort and hard work of you and your team. I assure you that most of these, if not all, recommendations will be implemented in our facility and perhaps to all JCI plant across NA. Moving forward, my team will develop an action plan to start implementing these recommendations. I will definitely call you if we have some questions. Thanks for the help. Please extent my appreciation to your team. "
- Source: Greg Gelbolinga, Engineer III/CI, 07/31/2017
"The audit process is valuable to help understand the highest areas of benefit and to allow us to get a outside perspective on the projects we should focus on. We have been able to start projects earlier by having the energy savings to justify the projects. "
- Source: Glen Kloeppel, Project Engineer, 08/09/2017
"In relation to our audit, we also recommended to the company for a MoIAC student internship to follow up with the implementation of the recommendations. As a result, Austin Laramie, a MoIAC student and at the time also enrolled in Bin Wu’s “Industrial Energy Efficiency and Management (MU IMSE 4580)” class, was employed during the summer by the company: According to the company: “ (the MoIAC student) helped to go through the details of every recommendation on the list. This worked great!” From the student: "Dr. Wu, Thank you so much for your help in the class project and subsequently the opportunity to work with Hunter Engineering during the summer. These are extremely valuable to me!""
- Source: Tom Meyer, Vice President of Engineering & Materials, Hunter Engineering, 09/13/2017
Contact Center Website
Center Director Sanjeev Khanna
Email khannas@missouri.edu
Phone # +1 573-884-9109
Fax # +1 573-884-5090
Mailing Address E3412, Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall, University of Missouri
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department
Columbia, MO 65211
Assistant Director Deepak Gupta
Assistant Director Yuyi Lin
Assistant Director Kara McCluskey
Assistant Director Perlekar Tamtam
University of Missouri-Columbia has trained 143 students
The following students have participated in IAC assessments with University of Missouri-Columbia since 2003, when student name tracking began.
The 56 students (in BOLD) have also been awarded IAC student certificates for exceptional participation.

Abdul Syed
Abdun Khalid
Adam Blumhagen
Adam Byrnes
Adam Dkhili
Adithyan Babu
Ahad Hosseini
Ahmed Bagaber
Alex Straughn
Alexsander Crowe
Ali Khoshkhoo
Andrew Labarge
Andrew Polizzi
Andrew Pollizi
Andrew Townsend
Anirban Sarkar
Anthony Iannicola
Anurag Bommara
Ashley May
Asif R. Raz
Audrey Wood
Austin Laramie
Babu Adithyan
Bahram Rajabi Far
Ben J Simon
Bichen Zhang
Blake Price
Brady Beckham
Brandon Beck
Brian Kenney
Candice Dussold
Caroline Junker
Chatchai Pinthuprapa
Chathura Wickreme Seneviratne
Chi Yang
Chitralekha Chakraborty
Colin McCarthy
Connor Reed Walter
Curtis Singer
Daniel mcGarth
David Nunez
Dawei Li
Desiree Smith
Dian Trihastuti
Diarmait Ryan-Anderson
Dong Yi
Dustin Smith
Dylan Eades
Eric Obermark
Evan King
Fengmin Su
Gabriel Ingram
Gaurav Sangamnerkar
Gerhard Scheiders
Giridhar Pemmireddi
Graham French
Gregory Allers
Gunjan Indapurkar
Haijun Li
Harrision CLark
Huali Sun
Hui Zhao
Jacob Daugherty
Jacob Gipple
Jake Myers
James Moore
Jared Hitzhusen
Jason Fox
Jeff Holiday
Jennifer McClelland
Jesse Schmidt
Jitendra Gottipati
Johathan Arnold
John B. Wibbenmeyer
John Dillard
John Russell Crutcher
Jorge F. Abad
Justin Krutewicz
Katherine Harris
Krishna Bommisety
Krishna Chaitanya Bommisetty
Krishna K. Ramesh
Kristina Johnson
Kurt Ehlers
Kyle G. Morris
Lauren Haberer
Lihua He
Maher Amer
Manoj Vejandla
Marina Materikina
Marlon Taylor
Mary-Catharine Meriage
Maryam Nikouei Mehr
Matt Helm
Matthew Bliss
Matthew Jacobi
McKenzie Morris
Michael Porche
Micheal Koch
Milad Yarali
Mohammed A Rahman
Mostafa Sabbaghi
Narder Moustafa
Nate Gross
Nathan Koesterer
Nicholas Bowman
Nicholas Dandurand
Nick Cain
Nolan Rachers
Patrick Broyles
Pratik Bharadwaj
Priyanka Kallu
Ron Bowling
Ryan Kostos
Sahith Sanike
Saman Gheytani
Sameera Withanachchi
Samuel Gall
Sandina Ponte
Sangeeth Sarukara
Saud Almadhi
Scott Shvartsman
Sean Flanagan
Shihchun Ho
Shuai Ding
Sijing Zhu
Skylar Morris
Sourav Das
Spencer Thomas
Stephanie Arkinson
Sultan S. Al Nasser
Tao Qu
Tim Garnett
Trevor Kline
Tyler Burns
Veronica Rueda Rey
Wade Foster
Wenbin Cui
Wenbin Wan
Yahya Alsulaim
Yaofeng Xue
Yunpeng Ren
Zachary Bargman

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  • Must be a US Manufacturer
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