Our Services

The University of Texas at Austin’s utility system is operated by Utilities & Energy Management (UEM). UEM generates electricity and steam, provides high-voltage electrical distribution, produces and distributes chilled water, and maintains elevator and escalator systems. Below are some of our main services.

Administrative Services

  • Administrative Manager: Isidora Sanchez
  • Senior Administrative Associate: Ana Castillo

Provides administrative support to department head and UEM staff in the areas of scheduling and calendaring, training, travel, events, and communications.

Business & Financial Services

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  • Finance Manager: Vianey Borrego
  • Contract Manager & Purchasing Supervisor: Ken Bonin

Serves campus customers, vendors and UEM staff with billing, reporting, accounts payable, purchasing, vending services.

Electrical Distribution

  • Associate Director for Electrical Distribution & Elevators: Rossen Tzartzev, P.E.
  • Electrical Distribution Manager: Moses A. Kai, Ph.D.
  • Electrical Distribution Supervisor: Lucas A. Larson

Provides oversight of exterior electrical distribution system for the university’s main campus, off-campus student housing, Pickle Research Campus and Whitaker Fields. The electrical distribution network includes all of the equipment from the Power Plant or incoming power supply to each building’s main power switchgear.

Electrical Distribution (ED) maintains and repairs all system components: transformers, switches, street lights, sports lighting, breakers, and associated equipment. ED also services emergency standby electrical systems, protective devices and controls, revenue metering and monitoring.

Elevator Services

  • Associate Director for Electrical Distribution & Elevators: Rossen Tzartzev, P.E.
  • Elevator Manager: Matthew Pike

Responsible for the operation, maintenance, and inspection of elevators, escalators, wheelchair lifts, and dumbwaiters. Provides and reviews specifications for both modernization and new construction projects.

Energy Management & Optimization

  • Associate Director for Energy Management & Optimization: Roberto Del Real, P.E.
  • Control Systems Manager: Eduardo Juvera
  • Power Systems Manager: Akram Abderrahmani
  • Campus Energy Manager: Amanda Berens
  • Plant Energy Manager: Nicholas J. Schroeder

Provides energy efficiency in campus buildings and in the power plant through innovation, state-of-the-art technologies and optimization tools.

Energy Management & Optimization (EMO) oversees the following service areas:

  • Campus Energy Management
  • Plant Energy Management
  • Electrical and Instrumentation
  • Instruments and Controls
  • Metering and Controls
  • Programming

Mechanical Distribution

  • Associate Director for Mechanical Distribution: Leonard Friesenhahn, P.E.
  • Mechanical Distribution Manager: Jim Shrull, P.E.
  • Mechanical Distribution Supervisor: Thomas R. Parker

Operates and maintains a network of distribution piping, valves, meters and other components to provide the following services:

  • potable, irrigation, reclaimed, and deionized water
  • steam
  • natural gas
  • compressed air as well as a network of recovered water
  • wastewater and stormwater collection systems

Manages the UT Dig Safe program for on campus excavation/utility tap requests.

Power Plant and Chilling Stations

  • Associate Director for Power Plant & Chilling Stations: Mike Manoucheri, P.E.
  • Plant Operations Manager: Clay L. Looney
  • Chiller Maintenance Manager: Steven E. Schoelzel
  • Maintenance Operations Manager: Ryan L. Thompson, P.E.

Generates electric power, chilled water, heating steam and hot water, and other auxiliary utility services for main campus buildings connected to distribution networks.

Project Management

  • Project Manager: VACANT - Currently Recruiting
  • Assistant Manager: Kofi Manful

Facilitates early planning of utility infrastructure serving UT Austin campus construction projects through close coordination with the campus, Campus Planning and Construction (CPC) and the City of Austin.

Advocates for the consistent adoption of UEM design guidelines, standards and specifications across all UT System and campus projects.

Provides administrative management of large utility expansion projects, maintenance and renovation and refurbishment projects to ensure these projects are built to the university’s standards of quality and efficiency while being on time and within budget.