Energy Management Staff

Paul McConocha
Energy Program Manager // 513-3646

Paul joined Energy Management as Energy Program Manager in 2009. Previously, he served as Vice President, Engineering & Environmental Services at Macy’s Corporate Services, Inc.; Director, Engineering & Environmental Affairs at Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.; and Environmental Analyst at ORSANCO. Paul is a graduate of Miami University, earning B.S. degrees in biology and botany as well as a Masters of Environmental Policy and Administration. He is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Procurement Professional from the Association of Energy Engineers. Paul is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt from Macy’s, Inc.  Since 1996, he has been a Registered Environmental Manager from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals. From 1982 to 1984, Paul taught general science and biology classes on the Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations in northern Arizona.


Claudia Powell
Energy Program Coordinator // 513-7807

Claudia joined Energy Management in 2011 as an energy analyst. In January 2012, she became Energy Program Coordinator. Previously, Claudia served as an Environmental Project Coordinator for the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Claudia is a graduate of NC State with a B.S. in business management and a minor in environmental toxicology.


Abdul Belcouria
Electronics Technician // 513-7088

Abdul has been with Energy Management since 2005. A native of Morocco, Abdul holds an associates degree in electrical engineering from the Advanced School of Technology in Casablanca and an associates degree in telecommunications networking engineering from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. As an electronics technician, Abdul helps keep the central plants up and running and implement new strategic ways for saving energy at NC State. Abdul likes to spend his free time with friends, family and playing tennis.


Rebecca-DeiderichRebecca Diederich
Energy Program Coordinator // 513-3876
An Illinois native, Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC State. As Energy Program Coordinator, she works with campus building meters, analyzes energy data to ensure optimal energy performance of buildings, and implements energy saving opportunities.


James Fenske
Energy Management Shop Supervisor // 513-7119

Since 2009 James has served as an electronics specialist, evaluating new technologies and optimizing current infrastructure to increase energy savings and efficiency. Previously, he worked as a mechanic at NC State’s Lake Wheeler Road Field Labs and as the northeast regional electronics technician at the North Carolina Department of Corrections, where he maintained fire alarm systems, building automation and controls systems, camera systems and access control systems. James attended Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey and graduated with honors from the Laser and Photonics Technology program at Central Carolina Community College. He has more than 20 years of experience in mechanical and electronics technology fields, including performance modifications of various vehicles, electronics assembly and testing in a manufacturing environment, computer and cell phone forensics, and the programming, installation and repair of numerous types of controls systems.

Shanna-HarwellShanna Harwell
Measurement & Verification (M&V) Program Administrator // 513-0254

Shanna joined Energy Management in January 2013 following previous work as an engineer at NC State’s Utilities and Engineering Department, the State of North Carolina’s Energy Office and the Department of Defense. A certified Professional Energy Manager (PEM) and Engineer in Training (EIT), Shanna received bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from NC State. As the M&V Program Administrator, Shanna works most specifically with energy performance contracts, ensuring guaranteed energy savings are met.

Edward Sekmistrz
Energy Engineer // 515-2188

Ed joined NC State Facilities Operations in 2002 to support engineering activities in Buildings Maintenance and Operations.  As Energy Management Engineer from 2003 to 2009, he helped mature campus energy management practices, update meter standards, procure a new billing system, oversee installation of energy conservation measures and promote energy outreach. Since 2009 Ed has served as Energy Engineer within Energy Management. His strong interest in solar systems, and persistence in obtaining solar studies, led to the installation of a solar water heating project atop Carmichael Complex in 2011. A graduate of Kettering University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Ed is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina and has been an ASHRAE member since 1984 serving various offices in the Central Michigan Chapter, including president. Prior to NC State, Ed worked in Michigan at W.A. Kibbee, ANCO Engineers and General Motors  dealing with design and installation of HVAC systems, energy studies and energy assessments.  Ed is married with 5 children.