Father of BACNET

May 23, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Club 101
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10178

This seminar offers 1.5 PDH credit!

Meet the "Father of BACnet®"

In an interview with Contemporary Controls, Mike Newman tells his story of leading the charge for adopting the BACnet® protocol, and the battles and victories that ensued. He describes the development of BACnet, its greatest strengths and much more.

In the first annual BACnet International “Building BACnet” award ceremony, six people and companies were recognized for their contributions to the BACnet community.  Recognized by many as the “godfather” of BACnet, Mike Newman of Cornell University was recognized with a Distinguished Service award, the highest award presented by BACnet International.  Also receiving a Distinguished Service Award was “BACnet Bill” Swan of Alerton/Honeywell, former chair of the SSPC 135.  The “Titan of Testing” award went to Carl Neilson of Delta. 


H. Michael Newman

Mike graduated "with distinction" from Cornell University in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics. A year later he was awarded a master's degree in the same field and subsequently did post-graduate work in astrophysics at the NASA Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. Following 10 years as a pilot and flight instructor, during which he assisted in the design and maintenance of aircraft electronics installations, Mike returned to Cornell to take charge of the installation and development of the University's computerized energy management and control system. The system now serves over 225 buildings with more than 1,150,000 sensor and control points, features extensive graphic display and plotting capabilities, and was one of the first such systems to make use of multiuser, multiprotocol computers in an integrated, multivendor field panel environment. Mike retired as Manager of the Building Automation and Control Systems Integration group within the Facilities Services at Cornell University in 2015.

 As a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Mike has served on the Research and Technical Committee that supervised the Society's research program and its technical committees; was an officer of TC 1.4, the technical committee on control theory and application; was the chairman of Standard Project Committee 135P which developed the BACnet® building automation and control network communication protocol and was chairman of the follow-on Standing Standard Project Committee, SSPC 135, responsible for interpreting and extending BACnet, up until July 2000. In June of 2003 he received ASHRAE's Standards Achievement Award and in 2010 its Distinguished Service Award. 

Mike has been a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Cornell Society of Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a senior member of the International Society of Automation.

Mike has served as a consultant to the Architect of the Capitol, the National Institute of Building Sciences, and NIST in Washington, DC, as well as to several private companies. He was a member of the United States delegation to the International Energy Agency's Advisory Review Board on the subject of the use of microelectronic control systems for energy conservation in buildings. He has served as a U.S. expert to the International Organization for Standardization's ISO/TC 205, Building Environment Design, at meetings throughout the world and is currently Chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. Head of Delegation. 

 In 1999 Mike was selected by the Twin Tiers Chapter of ASHRAE to receive its Engineer of the Year Award and, in 2001, received an award of the same name from the Broome Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers.