Ömer Tugrul Karaguzel

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Ömer T. Karaguzel

Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Ömer Karaguzel is a designer, scientist, and educator with a specialization in the development of computational decision support systems for the design and operation of energy efficient and environmentally responsive buildings. His research focuses on the improvement of whole building energy performance through systematic and simulation-based analyses of passive architectural design strategies, mechanical system design with advanced control strategies, as well as building integrated (solar power and solar thermal) renewable energy technologies. He has 15 years of experience in building performance simulation and environmental design, and analysis of actual building projects ranging from test chambers, residential buildings, large office buildings, health care facilities, and university halls to net zero-energy research centers located in the U.S. and around the world. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses on the subjects of parametric environmental modeling for architectural design, building physics, building performance modeling, and building controls and diagnostics. He also has industry experience as an energy modeling manager in a large size U.S.-based engineering consultancy firm.

Ömer’s research work includes multiple national projects supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE). He is the author of 17 scholarly papers and 25+ technical/scientific reports, the majority of which are submitted to the DOE. He is one of the inventors of a patent-pending digital building information system technology system applicable to the processes of the U.S-based LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program. Ömer worked as a scientific reviewer for the DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) Commercial Building Integration (CBI) and Emerging Technologies (ET) programs’ merit and peer review activities from 2015 to 2017. He served as an energy modeling expert for a zero-energy building design project competition awarded by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He is the co-PI of multi-institutional collaborative research projects funded by the NSF’s Research Coordination Network (RCN) program for the Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems project, the NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DBBs) program, as well as for the Virtual Information-Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) for Data-Driven Decisions from Non-Sharable Distributed Data project.