Title: Chief Engineer, Night PV Generation
Location: Jeromesville, Ohio, United States
Leroy White, Chief Engineer at N.C.E., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mechanical engineering.
Growing up, Mr. White naturally gravitated to engineering and further believed it was his calling. More specifically, he took an interest in thermodynamics and decided to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. Upon completing four years in the United States Air Force, Mr. White enrolled at the University of Akron where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. A registered engineer, he holds licenses in five states including Indiana and Ohio. Most recently, he flourished as the chief engineer at N.C.E. until commencing his retirement in 2018.
Earlier in his career, Mr. White served as a consultant on heating and cooling projects with several engineering and architectural firms including John David Jones & Associates, The Architects Collaborative Inc., the University of Baghdad and James Architects & Engineers Inc. During his tenure with CSO Architects, he contributed as the principal engineer on natural gas-powered centrifugal chiller systems for the more than three million square-foot Indianapolis Methodist Hospital cooling system. Replacing an obsolete electric system reliant on discontinued chemical coolants, Mr. White notably designed and built a groundbreaking hybrid water “hyperchill” plant powered by commercially-available gas engines that reduced hospital energy use by as much at 25 percent while operating at a significantly lower ambient noise level.
Mr. White attributes his years of success to hard work and honesty. Achievements to his credit include filing a patent application for a hybrid wind-solar photovoltaic array that would allow the continued collection of solar power at night, operating the prototype unit in his home and cutting energy use by 50 percent. Although retired, Mr. White’s engineering efforts have not ceased. He is currently seeking first-round investment capital for a commercial launch of his photovoltaic array and hopes to see the technology adopted as a tool for engineers, builders and homeowners. Outside of professional endeavors, Mr. White is an avid volunteer for the organization Harvest Sharing and participates in fellowship and community activities through his local senior center. In five years’ time, he wants to continue his spending his time focusing on gardening and green engineering.
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