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James McNeill

James McNeill

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


James McNeill joined PNNL as a Research Engineer in 2020. James supports PNNL’s energy code program through simulation and development of commercial building prototype models. James has a wide range of professional and academic expertise, including the design of high-performance buildings, whole building energy simulation, detailed analysis of HVAC system performance, experimental and computational analysis of room air distribution and particle transmission, and development of software for building performance analysis. James has published 10 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. Prior to joining PNNL, Dr. McNeill founded a business for the development of technical engineering software and provided modeling and analysis of building performance for Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Research Interests

  • Modeling and analysis of whole building occupant comfort, energy performance and water performance
  • Design and analysis of high-performance HVAC systems
  • Building energy codes development
  • Development of software tools for the integration of building design and performance analysis
  • Experimental analysis and computational modeling of air distribution and particle transport for indoor environments

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont
  • Ph.D., Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Washington
  • Certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, ASHRAE

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers - Member
  • International Building Performance Simulation Association
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Awards and Recognitions

  • ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid Life Member Club Award, 2009
  • U.S. Department of Education GAANN Fellowship, 2007-2009

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