PE, has joined Burns
& McDonnell as a
project manager. In
this role, he will
develop and lead
campus and district
energy projects, supporting universities,
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Ferman Milster, PE, principal engineer
– renewables at the University of Iowa
Office of Sustainability, passed away July
23, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa. Milster joined
UI in 1991 as manager of the power plant
and served in that capacity for 15 years.
He was instrumental in several significant
energy reduction modifications and the development of the
Biomass Fuel Project, which pioneered the use of oat hulls as
fuel. As a result, UI became recognized as an early leader in
developing renewable fuels. In 2006, Milster was promoted
to associate director, utilities and energy management, and
he transitioned from power plant management to utility sys-
tem strategic planning and renewable energy development. In
2011, he joined the UI Office of Sustainability where he developed and led the UI Biomass Partnership to help the campus
achieve its 2020 target of 40 percent renewable energy use.
Milster worked with over 20 public and private organiza-
tions and state agencies to help identify sources of renewable
fuel for the University of Iowa. He investigated the use of peren-
nial grasses, such as miscanthus x giganteus, which later grew
into more than 350 acres of plant usage. He conducted inqui-
ries into other potential fuels as well, and it is because of his
groundbreaking work that a statewide effort started with federal
agencies and other resources regarding perennial fuel crops.
Earlier in his career, Milster served 20 years in the U.S.
Navy, specializing in warship and nuclear submarine construc-
tion, maintenance and repairs. He received a Bachelor of Sci-
ence degree in mechanical engineering from the University of
Missouri and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engi-
neering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey. Mil-
ster retired from active duty service as a lieutenant commander.
A registered professional engineer, he was a member of the
American Society of Mechanical Engineers in addition to IDEA.
Milster is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kathryn “Kate”
Milster; three daughters and their families; and many other
extended family members. IDEA extends its condolences to his
family and former UI colleagues.
emire holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in mechanical engineering from
the University of Missouri and a Master
of Business Administration degree from
the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
He is a registered professional engineer
in Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michi-
gan, Missouri and Texas.
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hospitals, and industrial and health care
clients. Ninemire has nearly 18 years of
experience with energy project design
and construction, including extensive
work for the University of Missouri, Cor-
nell University, UMass Medical Center,
University of Rochester and the Universi-
ty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nin-