Dr. Ackermann is founder and CEO of Spinlab Utility Instrumentation, Inc., headquartered in Knoxville, TN. Spinlab supplies testing instrumentation to the electric utility industry world-wide.
From 1985 to 1994 Dr. Ackermann was CEO of CONINCO, Inc. CONINCO provided seed capital investment and management consulting services to start-up and growth-oriented technology-based businesses. While at CONINCO, Dr. Ackermann spawned a portfolio of companies in the fields of electric utility instrumentation, biomass-fueled power generation, computers and telecommunications, textile instrumentation, medical information management, and photographic processing. CONINCO was closed in 1994 with a return of more than 500 percent to its investors.
Prior to forming CONINCO, Dr. Ackermann was founder, President, and CEO of Technology for Energy Corporation (TEC) providing consulting engineering services, field measurement services, and specialized instrumentation and controls systems to the energy production industry. Under Ackermann’s leadership, TEC was recognized by INC magazine as the 4th, 13th and 67th fastest growing company in America in 1981, 1982, and 1983 respectively.
Prior to starting TEC, Dr. Ackermann held research and management positions from 1968 to 1975 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, and was a Research Instructor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Ackermann received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and was named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus of UT in 1974. In 1994 he was named as one of UT’s 200 most outstanding graduates as part of UT’s bicentennial celebration.
A nationally recognized entrepreneur and an internationally recognized expert in industrial plant measurement and controls, Dr. Ackermann is the author of numerous papers in these areas. In 1990 he received the Coopers and Lybrand Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Dr. Ackermann is also a nationally recognized college football official having worked as a linesman for 32 years in the Southeastern Conference.