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Education: B.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas
Licensures & Certifications: Professional Engineering (Mechanical and Architectural); Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP); Certified Energy Manager (CEM); Certified Green Building Engineer (GBE); Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP); Certified Master Programmer
Professional Experience: 20+ years – Commissioning, owner’s representation, project management, engineering design, building automation controls, energy optimization
Rick Kmiecik, PE, is President and Founder of Optimized Systems. Rick graduated from Kansas University with a degree in Architectural Engineering and obtained his Professional Engineer (PE) license shortly thereafter. After working as a design engineer for eight years, Rick joined a large, nationally recognized university medical center where he was ultimately appointed Director of Engineering and Strategic Energy Initiatives for the campus, consisting of more than 50 buildings and approximately 5-million square feet. During his 11-year tenure at the medical center, Rick was credited with optimizing the performance and energy efficiency of a multitude of diverse building systems throughout the campus, saving the medical center millions of dollars in energy costs. After establishing a reputation as a skilled and resourceful engineer, Rick founded Optimized Systems in 2014, taking his passion for energy savings and his experience as an owner’s representative into private practice. Now, through the services of his company, Rick provides some of the most recognized building owners and managers in his community with creative, practical solutions for their building systems.
Rick is a long-time volunteer, mentor and coach for various youth sports clubs throughout the Omaha metro area. He also volunteers his personal and professional time to local churches, schools and community organizations. As a husband and father of four, Rick enjoys woodworking when he can squeeze it in – which is almost never.