UMA Augusta Campus
James Kalian, PE is a Mechanical Engineer at Bennett Engineering, Inc. and has 15 years of experience designing, building, and troubleshooting HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial, governmental, and residential building projects. He has the unique perspective of having sat on both sides of the project table; mechanical contractor and mechanical designer. James brings to class a practical approach to mechanical systems design and implementation as it applies to the overall architectural plan. James is the adjunct instructor of the “Mechanical Systems in Architecture” course for students pursuing their Bachelor of Architecture degree.
His formal training as an engineer began at Webb Institute of Naval Architecture with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. James obtained his license as a Maine Professional Engineer in 1996. He had an early taste of being in front of a group of learners as a marine system instructor for small boats at the Landing School of Boat Building and Design in Arundel, Maine. Being an early adopter of desktop computers (1985) and computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) (1989) has served James well in his career. James advocates the lessons of technical history through researching, hands-on work, and personal interaction as a volunteer at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine. He can describe to you the origins of power derived from heat while taking you for a ride in a one-hundred-year-old Model T Ford.