IBPSA scholarship named after MEE advisory council member

Dr. Ralph Muehleisen

Dr. Ralph Muehleisen, a member of the Master of Energy Engineering (MEE) Advisory Council at UIC, has been honored by the Chicago Chapter of IBPSA (International Building Performance Simulation Association) with a scholarship in his name.

The IPBSA board of directors announced the 2019 Ralph T. Muehleisen Scholarship in January as it highlighted some of his continued contributions in the fields of engineering and science, advancement in education and research, unwavering mentorship of others, unremitting inspiration to the building simulation community, and prominence as an industry innovator.

According to the board, “Dr. Muehleisen has led research to increase the energy efficiency and resiliency of the built environment while improving the quality of life. His projects include urban science and engineering, stochastic building energy modeling, reduced order building energy modeling, risk analysis of building energy retrofits, Bayesian Calibration methods for building energy models, agent-based models for understanding adoption of retrofit technologies, smart building/smart grid integration, and the development of new technologies for measuring building infiltration and reducing energy losses through windows.”

The scholarship was established to encourage qualified degree candidates in seeking academic and career development in the field of building performance simulation and analysis.

Muehleisen is the author of more than 150 publications and is a frequent invited speaker in the areas of urban science and engineering, building energy modeling, architectural acoustics and noise control.

Muehleisen is the principal building scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and the section lead for the Argonne Building Energy Decision and Technology Research (BEDTR) Program and the Argonne Urban Science and Engineering Program Lead. He provides oversight of technology and engineering-related projects and provides quality control to all projects within the Argonne BEDTR Program. He is active in many professional societies and is widely published, and serves as the associate editor for Journal of Architectural Engineering.

He has a joint staff appointment at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago, where he performs computational research in many areas including modeling of complex urban systems, developing models and tools for smart building/smart grid interaction, and stochastic models of building energy use. Muehleisen is an adjunct associate professor at Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches courses in basic building science, building enclosure design, and architectural acoustics. He also advises M.S. and Ph.D. students in Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Architecture programs.

Learn more about the MEE program at https://energyengineering.uic.edu.