DataFaire’s (DF) has 20 years of experience in commercial, institutional and residential energy efficiency and renewable energy consulting. In addition, DF has been performing residential real estate and property management for many years. This includes operation, maintenance and extensive renovation of older buildings with the goal of providing beautiful, efficient, and affordable housing for the middle to lower income market.
Lina Kohandoust, Principal and Energy Engineer
Lina Kohandoust started DataFaire in 2009, to provide energy savings services and mobile tools to small and mid-sized property owners and managers to help bridge the gap for non-technical stakeholders who wish to identify, evaluate and implement energy inventments. Ms. Kohandoust's career has spanned a "not-so-typical" track with over 25 years of combined experience in consulting energy engineering, business development, construction, outreach/marketing and project management.
As an energy engineer she participated, and led projects for commercial, institutional and multi-family residential customers, conducting energy audits, engineering feasibility studies and impact evaluations, technology transfer of emerging technologies (research, development, and demonstration (RD&D)), and development/implementation of federal, state and international energy rebate and incentive programs, including brand and collateral development. A few of these organizations include NYSERDA, PG&E, DOE, and various utility companies across the country.
In the residential sector, Lina has over 15 years of experience in property management, and renovating, retrofitting and incorporating energy conservation measures in older, single and multi-unit buildings.
Lina also served as a project manager and senior engineering support at ISTI, a geophysical software development company whose clients include national and global academic institutions and world research organizations. Some of her responsibilities included data quality assurance, technical documentation and general oversight of field instrumentation (seismometers, and electronic peripherals that handle terabytes of scientific data) for mission-critical applications. She was also integrally involved with business development, marketing and proposal writing. Lina assisted with numerous deployments of seismic instrumentation software for the International Research Institutions of Seismology (IRIS) during which time she was a key member of design and product testing of a mobile software application (ROVER), for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This app performs rapid pre- and post-earthquake safety evaluations of buildings, and Lina fully authored the user manual, which is 508 Compliant (view documentation at http://www.atc-rover.org/downloads/documentation).
Prior to energy engineering, and graduate school, Ms. Kohandoust worked at Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, where she was in charge of an oceanographic water extraction lab. This research tracked the movement of WWII bomb isotopes in ocean water to determine the age of water, and help develop ocean circulation models, while examining anthropogenic impacts on atmosphere/ocean interactions through time. This work contributed to research in global climate change. Ms. Kohandoust earned her B.S. in Physics from Stony Brook University and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. She is also conversationally fluent in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi.