Steve Hamstra is the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Melink Solar & Geo. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and has over 40 years of experience in the geothermal industry. The majority of Steve’s career was building an Architect and Engineering firm in Holland, Michigan where he worked on his first commercial project for geothermal in 1985. During a briefly leave of absence in the design world, Steve served as CEO/CTO of Greensleeves LLC, a geothermal design and control software company. Here, he received an ASHRAE Global First Place Award for the engineering design of the geothermal HVAC system at the University of Findlay. He was also successful in getting two geothermal-related technology aspects patented. Throughout Steve’s career he has contributed to many trade publications and conferences, including those held by ASHRAE, IGSHPA, U.S. Department of Energy, among many others. He is currently Vice Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 6.8 Ground Source Heat Pumps, and on IGSHPA’s Research Committee. His work as gotten him named Energy Engineer of The Year in IL, IN, IO, MI, MN, OH, and WI, and AEE Fellow for lifetime achievement in the energy industry by the Association of Energy Engineers.