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.
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 is a staff scientist in the Computational Engineering Division at LLNL. He currently supports project acquisition and execution in the areas of building energy efficiency control optimization, power system simulation, and hybrid artificial intelligence and optimization control served as Principal Investigator. He was research scientist for energy system analysis at LBNL in Berkeley, CA, and the section manager for renewable energy investment, operation manager for power generation at Huaneng Power Group in Beijing, China. Dr. Qin received the B.S. M.S. and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Dalian Tech, Dalian, with emphasis on advanced control theory. He served as researcher for building energy automated control and power system operation for more than 20 years. His patent technology – commercial building optimization won the first Energy I-Corps of DOE in 2015. His areas of expertise include building energy modeling-simulation-optimization, power generation & transmission & Distribution optimization, smart grid, deep learning, complex system optimization, and optimization analytics for near-field.
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 has expertise in adaptive and optimal control, multi-agent systems, artificial intelligence and methods of distributed optimization with strong building and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system control application experience. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, she is responsible for development of advanced control technologies applicable to buildings and HVAC systems, power grid controls, and building to grid interaction.
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.
He is a lighting engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) focusing on the development of LED technology. His emphases are human factors experiments and development of new metrics and test methods, especially for the topics of color, glare, flicker, and long-term performance. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) Color Committee and Technical Procedures Committee and also active with the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). Prior to joining PNNL, he earned a doctorate in architectural engineering from Penn State University. He was named a future leader of lighting by LD+A magazine in 2010, has authored over 50 journal articles and government reports, and received the 2013 Taylor Technical Talent Award from the IES for his published work.
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.
He came to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in late 2007 after spending 5 years with ZettaCore, Inc., a venture-backed company focused on integrating electrochemical charge storage into memory devices. He was the company's initial technical hire and successfully led several efforts that moved company technologies from academic laboratories into large-scale semiconductor fabrication facilities. While he maintains solid industry/business relationships, he also has a strong interest in fundamental issues regarding new materials for improved electrochemical devices, in particular electrochromic windows and lithium-ion batteries. At NREL, his research focuses on development of cost-effective, manufacturing friendly methods for the production of materials for both energy generation (photovoltaic) and efficiency (smart windows). He received his doctorate in chemistry with a specialization in electrochemistry from Mississippi State University in 2000 under the direction of Dr. David Wipf. His doctoral work focused on modification and characterization of carbon electrode surfaces using electrochemical microscopy techniques.
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