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Gregor Henze has held a joint appointment at NREL since 2013. Outside of NREL, he is an endowed professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, where his teaching focuses on the building energy systems side of architectural engineering, i.e., thermal environmental engineering, HVAC and refrigeration systems, design of energy efficient buildings, building control and automation systems, data science for building engineering applications, and sustainable building design. His research emphasizes model predictive control and reinforcement learning control of building energy systems, building thermal mass, refrigeration systems, district energy systems, human presence detection, sensor fusion algorithms, energy analytics and decision analysis as well as the building-to-grid integration. He is the primary author of about 200 research articles, four of which have received best paper awards, and received three patents. He received the 2011 Colorado Cleantech Industry Association's Research and Commercialization Award. Henze is a professional mechanical engineer, certified high-performance building design professional (HBDP), editorial board member for Journal Building Performance Simulation, fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, as well as co-founder and chief scientist of QCoefficient, Inc., a company developing real-time optimal control solutions for grid-interactive efficient buildings. Recently, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology, and Innovation at CSIRO in Newcastle, Australia for 2022.

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Mechanical Engineering, Oregon State University

Master, Energy and Process Engineering, Technical University of Berlin

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder


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