FACILITIES BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Director of Engineering
Length of Service: 4.5 years
Employee of the Month for November 2013
Siraj Khan, Director of Engineering in Facilities Management, has been with Oakland University more than four and half years. He goes beyond his basic job duties, provides excellent leadership and mentoring of his staff and provides good guidance to facilitate numerous departments in achieving their goals to meet their needs. He provides great oversight on project development and very thorough investigations that provide tremendous cost savings or cost avoidance to Oakland University.
Siraj is a team player and has initiated a culture of cooperation within Facilities Management and with our customers.
Siraj is on top of all of the details: to provide Oakland with the best infrastructure that new buildings can bring, updates, and adjustments to existing buildings to save costs initially and over the life of the building. He manages and prioritizes our capital assets data, with yearly updates. This assures Oakland minimizes our risks as it relates to building infrastructure.
Siraj is a professional engineer, certified educational facilities professional, certified energy manager and LEED accredited professional. He provides new ideas of the latest technology systems to implement on campus. He provides internal direction to architectural engineering firms to "think outside box" to design high performance, sustainable mechanical and electrical systems for campus buildings, as well as guiding them to design and construct these systems to be reliable and be able to operate and maintain easily over the long-haul. Examples of this are the mechanical systems used at the Human Health building and the under-construction Engineering Center, new and cutting edge technologies.
Siraj directs energy saving projects, performance contracts, utilities buying and metering to keep utilities bills under control and reducing energy. With his initiatives and help from the team, the University saved over $2.5 million in capital cost and over $350K in annual operating cost over the last several years and is currently involved in the Co-Gen project for the campus.
Siraj participated in various campus activities and he is a good ambassador of Oakland University, representing Oakland University at MiAPPA, ASHRAE, AEE and other associations.
Congratulations to Siraj on his selection as the November 2013 Employee of the Month!