3rd Annual

Malcolm Verdict
Memorial Poster Competition

The Texas Energy Summit, hosted by the Texas A&M Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), is a premiere educational conference that provides our attendees the opportunity to engage in a lively conversation about cleaner air, a better built environment, sustainability and a new energy economy.

We invite you to submit a poster in one of the following areas:

  • Design, operation, construction and performance of buildings (residential or commercial)
  • Clean energy policy
  • Energy/Water Nexus
  • Sustainable communities
  • Utilities
  • Energy codes and standards
  • Smart buildings, smart grid and information technology

Eligibility and Rules

Posters will be accepted from undergraduate and graduate students. Poster abstracts must be submitted by August 31, 2018 for consideration in the poster competition.

FINAL posters can include graphics, photographs, charts, and/or engaging text, should be 30”x40“ in size and must be submitted in PDF format via email to Angie Rowell by September 15, 2018. All posters must be the original research and design of the submitter.

Each student that has a poster accepted for the competition will receive a complimentary conference registration for the full conference. Accepted posters will be printed/mounted for the poster session by the CATEE conference.


All posters will be on display throughout the conference and will be judged by the CATEE Steering Committee. Students must be in attendance to present their work to attendees during the Poster Session on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Students whose abstracts are selected for inclusion in the contest are competing for prizes totaling $1,000. Students must be present at the awards luncheon on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to be eligible to win.

Please contact Angie Rowell for questions about the competition.

Click here to see previous winners. 

2016 marked the passing of ESL employee, and longtime energy efficiency advocate, Malcolm Verdict, and the birth of a memorial poster contest in his honor.

Moving to Austin, Texas in 1978, Malcolm served in various energy policy capacities under two Republican governors in Texas, the honorable William P. Clements and the honorable George W. Bush.  While serving at the Governor’s Energy Management Center (now the State Energy Conservation Office), he played a central role in establishing the LOANStar revolving loan fund which is still funding energy efficiency retrofits in Texas public buildings more than 25 years later.  He was also the primary advocate within the energy management office for funding the Energy Systems Laboratory’s work that ultimately led to creation of the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, and to the development of the procedures that are now practiced internationally as Retro-Commissioning or Existing Building Commissioning.  While serving under two governors, and at TEES until his passing, he assisted in enacting state and federal legislation that helped fund and regulate renewable and sustainable energy policies. He received numerous state and federal awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Energy Engineers.

  • Host

    • Energy Systems Laboratory
  • Energy Champion Sponsors

    • Texas Energy Engineering Services, Inc.