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Contemporary Controls Interviews H. Michael Newman―the “Father of BACnetÒ

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In this Interview Newman Discusses the Development of BACnet, its Greatest Strengths and Much More

Downers Grove, Illinois (July 30, 2008)―H. Michael Newman is one of the most recognized industry leaders in building automation. He led the charge for adopting the BACnet protocol and as a means of achieving interoperability between hundreds of manufacturers’ products.

contemporary Contemporary Controls’ Extension features Mr. Newman in the April-May newsletter, highlighting not only the development of BACnet, but the battles and victories that ensued. The interview includes:

  • Early influences: his first job and the first building automation systems he built

  • Involvement with ASHRAE

  • Steve Bushby and the role he played

  • The difficult aspect of defining the BACnet protocol

  • BACnet’s greatest strengths

It is FREE for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF by visiting www.basautomation.com/Newman.htm.

Mike graduated “with distinction” from Cornell University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics. A year later he was awarded a master’s degree in the same field and subsequently did post-graduate work in astrophysics at the NASA Center for Radiophysics and Space Research. He is currently employed as the Manager of the Utilities Computer Section at Cornell University.


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