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Charles Upshaw, PhD, Lead Engineer

Charlie Upshaw received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas and spent several years as postdoctoral fellow of the Webber Energy Group also at the University of Texas. His specialty is the design and construction of hydronic heating and cooling systems for increased comfort and the highest of energy efficiency. His areas of expertise include integrated mechanical design, off-grid water system consulting, and renewable energy systems. Charlie led several student competitions including Power Across Texas Energy Innovation Challenge (2011 and 2013) and the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (2015). Charlie is also owner of IdeaSmiths, a company that supports innovators of energy-related technologies with research and development.