Energy Efficiency


William "Hank" Paxton IV, PhD

Dr. Paxton is the Research and Development Engineer and Acting Energy Efficiency theme leader at the Conn Center. His research is focused primarily on the development of novel semiconducting materials and specializes in reactor design.

He obtained his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2013 focused on the utilization of diamond structures for the direct conversion of heat into electricity. He also obtained both his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics and Mathematics (2009) from Vanderbilt University. Paxton began a company, IOP Technologies, immediately following completion of his Ph.D. to commercialize his promising research from his graduate studies. He joined the Conn Center in 2015.


Paxton is the author/co-author of over 8 original research papers and currently has three patents pending in areas ranging from energy conversion to the design of industrial production reactors. He is currently involved in the design, implementation, and validation of several material deposition systems including: Halide Vapor Phase Epitaxy (HPVE) and Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) for the creation of various, next generation III-V semiconductors; Microwave Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (MPCVD) for the growth of diamond/carbon films and nanostructures; grid-scale energy storage techniques; and conversion of biomass into fuels.

William Mark McGinley, PhD, PE

Dr. McGinley is the Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Research and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He 

is a structural engineer and building scientist with over 25 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems.  Prior to joining UofL, he served 20 years at North Carolina A&T State University in the Civil, Architectural, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Department. He is an expert in masonry building systems, in particular, masonry building envelopes.

Dr. McGinley's research has included research on the structural performance of masonry walls, water penetration experiments on envelopes, and the building envelope performance of brick veneer and steel stud wall systems. He has also been involved in multidisciplinary efforts on the evaluation of the energy systems of existing buildings and demonstration projects evaluating condensing heat exchangers and thermal mass effects of night time ventilation. He has been a primary author of all seven editions of the Masonry Designers Guide.

Glen Prater, PhD

Glen Prater is a professor of Mechanical Engineering with over 30 years of service at the University of Louisville. His research interests include automotive structural analysis, design software development, computer modeling and simulation, mechanical design, system dynamics, vibration, and acoustics. He earned his PhD, MS, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1988, 1983, and 1982, respectively.

Dr. Prater is the director of the NSF-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on Electric Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems at UofL. In partnership with the University of Alabama, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas at Austin, the center develops, validates, and applies innovative technologies for dramatically improving the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of ground transportation vehicles.

Shamus McNamara, PhD

Dr. Shamus McNamara in Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and director of the Micro/Nano Technology Center at UofL. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1994 and 1996, respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.  He did his post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan, and is a co-founder of a startup company. His research interests lie in the fields of microelectronics and MEMS, with an emphasis on transistors, sensors, and gas microfluidic systems.  He has five issued patents with additional patents pending.

Dr. Delaina Amos

Delaina A. Allen is an experienced research scientist and leader with ten plus years of accomplishments in the areas of inks, materials, formulation, materials incorporation, and product development. She holds a PhD in chemical engineering and has worked in a Fortune 500 company in R&D and in several direct lines of business.

She has active research programs in Solar Cells, OLED materials and devices, thin films and inkjet deposition. In addition, she also works with hybrid materials and devices for renewable energy and energy efficiency applications. This includes the synthesis and incorporation of quantum dot materials into these devices.

Dr. Michael McIntyre

Dr. McIntyre is a native of Nelson County KY and received his B.S. and M. Eng degrees in 1997 and 2000, respectively, from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville KY. From 1995 to 1998, he was with Phillip Morris USA as a process controls engineer. He received a PhD in 2006 from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson SC. He was with General Electric as a senior electronic design engineer from 1998 to 2003 and then again from 2006 to 2007. He was the Kerr-Greulich Chair of Energy Systems at Western Kentucky University, Department of Engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor from 2007 to 2011. In August of 2011, he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Louisville, Louisville KY, as an Assistant Professor. He teaches courses in power electronics, and control systems, and does research in the area of electrical energy systems.

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