Ehsan Kamel obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. His research is focused on building energy modeling (BEM), the application of building information modeling (BIM) in BEM, energy-smart homes, and building energy retrofit. He also has a background in building science, building enclosure design, and seismic engineering, with an emphasis on the seismic behavior of reinforced lightweight concrete.
He is an assistant professor in the Department of Energy Management and the director of Energy and Green Technologies Laboratory (EnTech Lab), where students have hands-on experiences in the energy and green technology disciplines. He also serves as the Student Branch Advisor for ASHRAE's New York Tech student branch, where students connect with different companies in the field of energy and buildings.
- Develop physics-based computer models for campus buildings to achieve zero-net-energy (ZNE) campus
- Develop campus-scale energy models using building information modeling (BIM)
- Develop campus-scale buildings digital twins for real-time energy monitoring and analysis
Honors and Awards
- Recipient of multiple grant funds including New York Tech team principal investigator in two NYSERDA grants ($500,000) providing research and education opportunities in buildings energy efficiency, ASHRAE student project (about $5,000) to develop energy-efficient HVAC systems, two internal ISRC grants (about $24,000) focused on energy-smart buildings and digital-twin-based energy modeling resulting in involvement in about $530,000 of research and educational fund.
- Two-time recipient of the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) scholarship for HVAC design training, 2019-2021
- Outstanding Reviewer of the Journal of Architectural Engineering, 2020
- Recipient of NESEA Kate Goldstein Scholarship for Emerging Professionals, 2018
- Two-time winner of the Roger Glunt Graduate Fellowship in Residential Building Construction; The Pennsylvania State University, 2015–2016
- Best Paper Award, 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium organized by Engineering Graduate Student Council, The Pennsylvania State University, 2017
- Design Excellence, Systems Integration Excellence (two awards); Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (co-captain of Penn State team and leader of building enclosure and energy design team), 2014–2015
- Best Technical Integration Award and high scores for indoor air quality; U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home Student Design Competition (member of the Penn State building enclosure team), 2013–2014
- Editorial Board Member, MDPI, Progress in Energy & Fuels, Insight–Energy Science, Journal of Architectural Research and Development (JARD), Facilities at Emerald Insight, 2018-2021
- Reviewer of Construction & Building Materials, Automation in Construction, and Energy & Buildings at Elsevier, Journal of Architectural Engineering at ASCE, Journal of Facilities at Emerald Insight, 2017-2021
Courses Taught at New York Tech
- ENGY 780: High-Performance Building Envelopes
- ENGY 640: Independent Guided Project
- ENGY 670: Energy Technology in Perspective
- ENGY 695: Systems Engineering and Management
- ENGY 730: Computer Applications for Energy Management
- ENGY 890: Practicum or Other Research
- IENG 285: Energy Technology Project