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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Amanda Smith joined PNNL as an Energy Systems Research Engineer in 2019. Her major focus is the BEND project, which provides large-scale regionally aggregated building energy simulations as part of the multi-institution multidisciplinary IM3 effort. She also contributes to projects across the National Laboratory involving energy modeling, data science, and energy systems optimization at a variety of scales. Previously Dr. Smith was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah where she founded the Site-Specific Energy Systems research group, producing 4 PhDs to date and 4 MS thesis graduates. She has published 25 journal articles, 2 book chapters, and a number of conference papers and publicly available software tools.

Research Interests

  • Weather, climate, and microclimate impacts on energy use
  • Distributed generation and renewable energy integration
  • Thermal storage modeling and thermal performance of buildings
  • Quantification of environmental impacts of energy use
  • Optimization of industrial energy systems
  • Machine learning techniques for building operations

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis
  • Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
  • Associate Editor, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
  • Editorial Board, Energy Reports
  • ASHRAE Associate Member and University of Utah Student Branch Advisor

Awards and Recognitions

  • Alta Sustainability Leadership Award for Education Integration, University of Utah, 2016
  • Educator of the Year, Utah Engineers Council, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Advanced Energy Systems Division, ASME Energy Sustainability Conference, 2015
  • Educator of the Year, ASHRAE Utah Chapter, 2015

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