She is a Staff Scientist and the Deputy of Research Programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her research focuses on commercial building energy performance monitoring, analytics, diagnostics, and intelligent lighting controls. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an AB in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University. She is the recipient of the 2015 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Award for Leadership in Research.
He is a licensed professional engineer and the seismic research and development group lead at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). In this role, he built a capability at INL to deploy advanced analytical methods and numerical tools used for seismic nonlinear soil-structure interaction analysis and quantifying nuclear power plant risk to external hazards, such as seismic and flooding. His background is in vibrational analysis of structures and spent fuel storage and in high-level waste processing. He has over 13 years of experience with spent fuel canister impact analysis using Explicit Finite Element Analysis (FEA) codes. He has performed linear and nonlinear vibrational analysis, including vibrational analysis of spent nuclear fuel, seismic analysis of used nuclear fuel storage racks, and seismic soil-structure interaction (SSI) analysis of nuclear facilities and nuclear power plants. He has performed nonlinear time domain collapse analysis of high-level waste and nuclear structures to determine margin to failure. He is also involved in research to understand technologies that could make advanced nuclear power plants economically viable. His research interests include the application of the business model canvas to research and development, cost-effective advanced reactor technology, nonlinear seismic SSI analysis, seismic protective systems, spent fuel transportation and storage, and beyond design basis threats to nuclear structures. He serves on the ASCE 4 and on ASCE 43 committees. He has authored numerous reports on nuclear canister impact analysis, seismic analysis, and seismic isolation. He has a master’s degree in engineering structures and mechanics.
Dr. Ralph T. Muehleisen is the Principal Building Scientist, the Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) Group leader, and the Urban Science and Engineering Program lead for Argonne’s Energy Systems division. At Argonne, Dr. Muehleisen leads research to increase the energy efficiency and resiliency of the built environment while improving the quality of life and return on investment for citizens. His projects include urban science and engineering, stochastic building energy modeling, reduced order building energy modeling, risk analysis of building energy retrofits, Bayesian Calibration methods for building energy models, agent based models for understanding adoption of retrofit technologies, smart building/smart grid integration, and the development of new energy efficient and diagnostic technologies buildings. Dr. Muehleisen is the author of over 180publications and presentations, and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of urban science and engineering, building energy modeling, architectural acoustics and noise control.
She is a member of the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with her current research includes evaluating the performance of easy-to-install air barrier technologies, examining the feasibility of new air leak detectors for building enclosures, assessing the cost-effectiveness of various techniques to retrofit commercial building envelopes, and exploring the potential use of advanced manufacturing in building envelopes. In 2015, she was selected among researchers who were collaborating under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency (CERC BEE) to brief Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on advancements in air sealing technologies. As a continuation of this work, she is leading a project under the second phase of CERC BEE aiming to improve the energy performance of architectural insulated concrete precast panels using latest developments in advanced composites, 3D printing, and material science. With the support from the National Science Foundation, she received a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Texas-Austin for her work on human exposure to hazardous air pollutants in homes. She is a registered professional engineer (inactive) and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
His research focuses on experimental and analytical studies to improve the energy performance of building envelopes, equipment, and systems. Some of his recent work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory includes energy efficiency enhancement of Army huts, thermal performance evaluation of various radiant barrier systems, lifetime energy and environmental impact of building insulation materials, identify and evaluate performance of lower-global warming potential alternative refrigerants for various applications and operating conditions, study suitability of procedures for evaluating performance of appliances and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and performance evaluation of thermochromic and electrochromic paints for buildings applications. He is also developing web-based energy-savings calculation to estimate energy and cost savings potential from improving building envelope airtightness. He earned a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. He is an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) certified Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) and member of ASHRAE, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Tau Beta Pi.
His research focuses on ferroic functional materials and their applications in clean energy and energy efficiency applications. Current research directions include caloric materials, such as elastocaloric materials for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, refrigeration; application and magnetocaloric materials for gas liquefaction; advanced soft magnetic materials, such as high silicon electrical steel for inductors, transformers, and motors; permanent magnetic materials, such as Mn-based, rare-earth-free permanent magnetic materials and rare-earth permanent magnets with high toughness; high temperature anti-ferroelectric capacitor materials; and ferroelastic shape memory alloys. The overall materials development strategy is theory guided high throughput experimentation, utilizing DFT-based computation to identify alloy composition space and combinatorial bulk synthesis and scanning materials characterization techniques to discover, and down-select candidate compositions. He holds joint positions with Ames Laboratory and the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Iowa State University.
She is a senior scientist, director of the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, and director of the Demand Response Research Center conducting research related to demand-response load control, open standards, building energy use, sensors, controls, information systems, simulation, and end-use analysis. She is the lead principal investigator for OpenADR automated demand response technology, the most prominent open standard for communication between electricity providers and customers, used by more than 5,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers across 10 countries. She has authored over 170 papers on efficiency and demand response.
As Founder and CEO of polySpectra, he is a project lead within Cyclotron Road, Berkeley Lab’s startup accelerator. His work leverages light-activated catalysts to 3D print advanced functional materials with tailored properties in a sustainable manner. He has also led research in energy-efficient window coatings. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech and a B.S. in Chemistry from Princeton University