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Juan M. Ontiveros

Associate Vice President, MSME,BS

The University of Texas at Austin

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The University of Texas at Austin

1 University Station D7500

Austin, Texas, 78712

United States

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The University of Texas - Austin was founded in 1883 and comes in at 7 on the list of best computer engineering programs. The University of Texas -- Austin is also one of the biggest schools in America with a total of 50,950 students currently enrolled. This l...more

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Juan Ontiveros Takes Risks, Save Energy Costs - Hispanic Executive

Juan Ontiveros is the man responsible for heating, cooling, and powering what is in effect a small city: the University of Texas-Austin.
By managing all the moving pieces of campus growth and modern energy technologies, he has actually cut the use of fuel-beyond expectation Juan Ontiveros, Associate VP of Utilities, Energy and Facilities Management, University of Texas-Austin (Photo: Birzer Photo, Inc.) Juan Ontiveros isn't afraid of hiring people who are smarter than him. It's a humble position for someone who is regularly handed multimillion-dollar infrastructure projects from his employer, the University of Texas-Austin. The university's associate vice president of utilities, energy, and facilities management is a mechanical engineer by training andis known for taking a visionary, holistic approach to his projects-all of which have achieved energy efficiencies copied by other university campuses across the world. He didn't accomplish any of these successes by himself, he notes. He manages people who manage other people and projects to deftly execute a clean-energy mission. That mission is to cool, heat, and power the fifth-largest university campus in the United States, with a population of 50,000 students and 21,000 faculty and staff. More to the point, Ontiveros's mission is to provide these services with reliability and efficiency-includingin a few 100-year-old buildings that aren't conducive to either of those things. To manage all this-and to convince school administrators to spend tens of millions of dollars now to save money over time-Ontiveros has to trust cost-benefit projections, the people reporting to him, and his own instincts. "I'm a risk-taker," he says. That posed an initial challenge for Ontiveros. "We were at a point where we needed to replace or expand existing systems," says Ontiveros, who served in a similar capacity as UT-Austin while at UT-El Paso in the early 1990s. With those savings, Ontiveros was able to build a central plant at modern standards that accommodated the growing campus. Then, using an energy performance contract, they financed the construction based on anticipated cost savings that were based on a ten-year return on investment for the facility. The plant outperformed expectations, delivering a return on investment within just six years. When Ontiveros was offered the job at the Austin campus in 1997, the flagship institution of the fourteen-campus UT system, he jumped at the opportunity. Austin is a bigger campus with budgets and responsibilities on a much larger scale, but Ontiveros is not one to shy away from a challenge. "I rarely say no to anything," he says. Two years after Ontiveros arrived in the Texas capital, a large boiler erupted and resulted in an emergency $2 million expense. "It was a sign of problems to come," he recalls. Concurrently, the Austin campus added several buildings-five million square feet-placing a higher demand for power and cooling. So, Ontiveros proposed capital improvements that would cost $48 million. He successfully sold those projects on the basis of how much money could be saved moving forward. Through a combination of upgrading and building a new substation, a cooling tower, steam and gas turbines, chilling stations, and a water-heating plant-in some cases, using waste heat from one process to power other components of the system-the UT-Austin campus now runs at about half the cost of comparable systems elsewhere. All told, he has overseen more than $240 million in projects. Knowledge Is Power Ontiveros has a reputation for being a "yes-man" in all areas of his life, including furthering his education. He completed his master's thesis on solar energy systems in the 1970s. He has always had a keen interest in renewable fuels. Since then, he has had to continue his education to keep up with the ways in which traditional technologies have evolved considerably, even if the buildings and district systems are largely locked into place. Juan Ontiveros's modernization achievements at the UT-Austin district heating plant go beyond energy efficiencies.


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