2nd Annual

Malcolm Verdict
Memorial Poster Competition

Sponsored by
METCO Engineering

Congrats to our 2017 winners!
1st Place Winner ($500): Christopher Price
2nd Place Winner ($300): Mehdi Azizkhani
3rd Place Winners ($100 each): Hongxiang Fu and Rania Labib
People’s Choice Winner: Romeo Abraham

First Place Winner Second Place Winner
Third Place Winner Third Place Winner People's Choice Winner

The Texas Energy Summit – CATEE 2017, 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 September 30th, 2017 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 November 1st, 2017. 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, November 15th. 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, November 15th, 2017 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.

Special thank you to our Marketing Partners:


  • Host

    • Energy Systems Laboratory
  • Co-Host and Platinum Sponsor

    • State Energy Conservation Office
  • Co-Host

    • North Central Texas Council of Governments
  • Platinum Sponsor

    • APA – The Engineered Wood Association
    • METCO Engineering
  • Bronze Sponsors

    • Command Commissioning
    • NetworkThermostat
    • Trane
  • Energy Champion Sponsors

    • Axium Solar
    • Climatec
    • McKinstry
    • Performance Services
    • City of Plano
    • Schneider Electric
    • Texas AirSystems
  • Exhibitors

    • Electric Transmission Texas
    • Facility Solutions Group
    • MP2 Energy
    • Powerfoam Insulation
    • System Performance Technologies LLC
    • UNT Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering