I have been working at the intersection of nature, energy, and the built environment since 2002, when an organic farmer taught me a few things about true sustainability. Since then I have been working to reduce the energy use and environmental impact of buildings.
I was born in northern New Jersey, received my Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College and have since relocated with my wife to her home state of Colorado.
From 2004 through 2008, I served as Manager of Policy and Research at Ecos Consulting (now Ecos IQ), an environmental consulting firm that specializes in demand-side management programs. At Ecos, I helped an energy policy team headed by Chris Calwell explore new savings opportunities in lighting and plug loads. We helped advance the market transformation process to improve the energy efficiency of power supplies, incandescent lamps, televisions, set-top boxes, computers and video game consoles.
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a strong emphasis on the intelligent control of building systems. I am a Research Fellow through the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and am currently research assistant for a United States Green Building Council-funded project exploring improved control algorithms for mixed-mode buildings.
I was also recently a researcher for Tendril, a Boulder-based residential smart grid technology firm.
If you’re interested in my current “day job,” please visit my research web site at the University of Colorado.