He received his bachelor's in chemistry from Reed College in 1990, and his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1996. He specializes in multi-disciplinary problem solving in the physical sciences and their corresponding engineering disciplines. Over his 22-year research and development (R&D) career, he has developed expertise in physical chemistry, chemical kinetics, atmospheric chemistry, instrumentation, electronics (digital, analog, power, and RF), spectroscopic sensing, lasers, fiber optics and wave guides, classical optics, electro-optics, electromagnetics, electromechanical systems, heat transfer, materials science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing processes, and renewable energy technologies.
He has won four R&D 100 Awards, holds numerous patents, has 10 active licenses on his inventions, and given many invited talks on the subject of serial innovation. In 2015, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as its Inaugural SunShot Innovator in Residence. He invented the Radical-Ion Flow Battery under the SunShot Innovator in Residence Program to address the need for low-cost, highly scalable electrochemical grid storage, and the performance limitations of prior art battery chemistries in this demanding application. His current research portfolio is focused on electrochemical grid storage, the elimination of rare-earth magnets in wind turbines, and semiconductor thermal management (power electronics, CPUs, GPUs).
He received a doctorate in computer science at the University of Tennessee in 2009, master’s in computer systems and software design, and his bachelor’s with a double major in computer science and mathematics with physics from Jacksonville State University. His research spans government-scale database and management systems, graphical user interface design, medical software used for surgery, gesture recognition, graph-theoretic analysis, optimization, automation, systems genetic research, magnetic resonance imaging, image processing, artificial intelligence, supercomputing, and energy-efficient buildings. He currently serves at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) as a subprogram manager for software tools and models with oversight of projects, involving websites, web services, databases, simulation engine development, visual analytics, supercomputing, and artificial intelligence. He has lead creation of the world’s most accurate method for calibrating a simulation model to measured data, fastest building model creator, fastest buildings simulator, and largest archive of simulated building data. He is a joint faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and an active member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He is a human factors engineer in the Human Factors, Controls, and Statistics Department with 37 years of experience in various human factors engineering roles in heavy industry, defense, nuclear, and commercial organizations. His primary focus is on making work more effective, efficient, and satisfying through the design of human-centered tools, methods, and work environments. He has worked at Idaho National Laboratory since 2010. His current work includes researching and developing methods and procedures to integrate human factors principles in the systems engineering process for advanced and modernized nuclear power stations with an emphasis on human-system interfaces and control room design and information visualization. He has a master’s degree in human computer interaction from the University of South Africa and associate degrees in human computer interaction and industrial engineering.
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.
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