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How to Prepare Yourself for an Innovative Career in Solar Energy Engineering

Release Date:
9/20/2013 9:00 AM

Paul Lyons, features Paul Lyons


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture by Paul Lyons, using his experience in the consulting, design and construction business, he will describe, using case studies and lessons from the field, where today's engineers can make a contribution to reducing our reliance on carbon fuels. If you are searching for a way to prepare yourself for working in the energy industry, in particular with solar and renewable technologies, it is not often clear what path to follow.


Lyons has been active in the energy industry in New England for over 28 years, and has extensive experience on all levels of energy consulting, and solar design and development. Drawing inspiration from his solar work in Oaxaca, Mexico, Lyons formed the company in 1997 and ran Zapotec Energy as a solo engineering practice for 10 years. In 2007, he expanded Zapotec Energy into a Massachusetts corporation.  He has led all of Zapotec’s previous and current projects, performing site assessments, evaluating feasibility, developing conceptual and final designs for commercial and institutional clients, procuring materials and resources, and supervising construction and startup. Lyons continues to be well connected in the solar professional network, recently sitting on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE).  He is a member of ASHRAE and the American Solar Energy Society.

Lyons is a registered mechanical engineer and construction supervisor in Massachusetts. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University (1981), an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven (1989), and is currently working on a Ph.D. in the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University.


Oct. 23, from 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.               


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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