With over 40 years experience as an expert analyst of system design, system failures, code compliance issues and cause/effect relationships of problems related to the built environment, Mr. Acorn regularly delivers advanced education seminars and workshops to industry professionals and academic audiences. As an Adjunct Professor in the Arizona State University Del E. Webb School of Construction, he delivers seminars several times a year through their continuing education program on topics including mechanical system design, project management and code compliance for advanced technology facilities.


  • CODE COMPLIANCE & PERMITTING for Hazardous Occupations


  • FORENSIC CONSULTING Avoiding Design & Construction Pitfalls



Mr. Acorn has presented numerous seminars and workshops (varying in length from two hours to three days) including the subjects of Forensic Engineering, Hazardous Occupancy Code Compliance, technical subjects (such as thermodynamics, air handling and distribution, environmental control systems, hydraulics, etc.) related to the design of advanced technology manufacturing and research and development facilities. Representative activities and presentations include:

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN: Invited lecturer presented seminar “Forensic Analysis of Design and Construction of HVAC Systems by a Consulting Engineer”, 2018.

Arizona State University , Tempe, AZ: Adjunct Instructor associated with the development of curriculum for graduate level course Con 598 “Design and Construction of Cleanrooms” in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, College of Engineering. Instructs in the area of cleanroom design, contamination control theory and strategies for HVAC systems and overall facility organization. In addition, Bill teaches the module “Code Compliance for Hazardous Occupancies”. 2002- 2011.

Intel Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) – 2006 – 2014. Through association with ASU, instruction and team development leader for facilities design and construction project managers for Intel. This is a combined distance learning and one week hands-on workshop to develop the analytical and problem solving skills of new project managers for advanced technology facilities worldwide.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ: Adjunct Instructor in a team teaching program for AME 442 – Fundamentals of Environmental Control Systems. This course has been delivered in the AME department by the team since 2008.

SESHA 2015 – International High Technology ESH Symposium & Exposition, May 2015 – Keynote Speaker – Litigation of Worker Health Issues – Lessons Learned.

SESHA/IHTESH 2011 Symposium – Disaster Preparedness Roundtable – presented discussion of several large losses incurred by semiconductor and similar advanced manufacturing clients that resulted not only in business interruption, but significant out-of-pocket expenses. Case studies addressed: 1. Fire in wafer fab – catastrophic losses, business interruption, lengthy litigation, 2. Fire in flat panel display manufacturing facility catastrophic losses, business interruption, lengthy litigation, 3. Chemical leak in wafer fab -catastrophic losses, business interruption, lengthy litigation, 4. Alleged unsafe environments in wafer fabs result in employee claims and protracted lawsuits.

Intel Code Compliance Workshop 2010 – conducted under the auspices of ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction and CREATE, this two day workshop provided insight into the current International Codes and practical applications in large modern wafer fabs and similar facilities that frequently require alternative methods and means (AMM) compliance strategies.

Eminent Scholar in Cleanroom Design, 1997 – “Expediting the Delivery of Advanced Technology Factories”. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – graduate course on cleanroom design and construction in the Del E. Webb School of Construction, College of Engineering.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Course Leader for “Code Compliance for Advanced Technology Facilities” seminar based upon his textbook of the same name. This two day course was held several times a year between 1995 and 1998 at locations around the country and was attended by designers, builders and owners of advanced technology facilities. Mr. Acorn was an Adjunct Professor through the UWM Center for Continuing Engineering Education.


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