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Richard Mistrick

Associate Professor


  • Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A


Research Areas:

Building Illumination Systems

Interest Areas:

Lighting and daylight system analysis and design, Optical design, Lighting system quality metrics; Architectural engineering graduate program officer.





Parts of Book

  • Richard G Mistrick, 2011, IES Lighting Handbook, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, New York, NY
  • Richard G Mistrick, 2008, ED-100.2 Light, Vision and Perception, pp. 34
  • Richard G Mistrick, 2008, ED-100.10 Daylighting, pp. 36
  • Richard G Mistrick, 2006, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, pp. 76
  • Richard G Mistrick, 2006, IESNA ED-100.1, Vision, pp. 34
  • Richard G Mistrick, 2006, IESNA ED-150.10, Daylighting, pp. 33

Journal Articles

  • Madhu Sudan and G N Tiwari, 2017, "Climate-Based Daylight Modeling (CBDM) for an atrium: An experimentally validated novel daylight performance", Solar Energy
  • Richard G Mistrick, Craig A Casey, Ling Chen and Sarith Subramaniam, 2015, "Computer Modeling of Daylight-Integrated Photocontrol of Electric Lighting Systems", Buildings, 5
  • Riad Saraiji, Yaman Al Safadi, Najat Al Ghaith and Richard G Mistrick, 2015, "A comparison of scale-model photometry and computer simulation in day-lit spaces using a normalized daylight performance index", Energy and Buildings
  • R. Royer, N. H. Ballentine, P. J. Eslinger, K. Houser, Richard G Mistrick, R. Behr and K. Rakos, 2012, "Light Therapy for Seniors in Long Term Care", J Am Med Dir Assoc., 13, (2), pp. 100-102
  • G. Ward, Richard G Mistrick, E. S. Lee, A. McNeil and J. Jonsson, 2011, "Simulating the Daylight Performance of Complex Fenestration Systems Using Bidirectional Scattering Distribution Functions within Radiance", Leukos, 7, (4), pp. 241-261
  • G. DiLaura, R. Harrold, K. Houser, Richard G Mistrick and G. Steffy, 2011, "A Procedure for Determining Target Illuminance", Leukos, 7, (3), pp. 145-158
  • P. Wankanapon and Richard G Mistrick, 2011, "Roller Shades and Automatic Lighting Control with Solar Radiation Control Strategies", BUILT Journal, 1, (1), pp. 35-42
  • K. Houser, M. Royer and Richard G Mistrick, 2010, "Light Loss Factors For Sports Lighting", LEUKOS, 6, (3), pp. 183-201
  • Y. Yoon, M. Moeck, Richard G Mistrick and W. P. Bahnfleth, 2008, "How Much Energy Do Different Toplighting Strategies Save?", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 14, (4), pp. 101-110
  • Richard G Mistrick, 2006, "An Improved Procedure for Determining Skylight Well Efficiency under Diffuse Glazing", Leukos (JIES), 2, (4), pp. 295-306
  • A. Sarkar and Richard G Mistrick, 2006, "A Novel Lighting Control System Integrating High Dynamic Range Imaging and DALI", Leukos (JIES), 2, (4), pp. 307-322
  • Y. Yoon, M. Moeck, Richard G Mistrick and W. Bahnfleth, 2006, "Optimal Daylight Factor for an Energy-Efficient Toplighting System", ASHRAE Transactions, 112, (2), pp. 622-632
  • W. J. Kowalski, W. Bahnfleth and Richard G Mistrick, 2005, "A Specular Model for UVGI Air Disinfection Systems", IUVA News, 7, (1), pp. 19-26
  • Richard G Mistrick and A. Sarkar, 2005, "A Study of Daylight-responsive Photosensor Control in Five Daylighted Classrooms", Leukos (JIES), 1, (3), pp. 51-74
  • J. Bullough, D. Paulin, A. Denami and Richard G Mistrick, 2005, "The Century Series: Industrial Revolution (a roundtable panel)", Lighting Design + Application, 35, (1), pp. 51-54
  • S. Ranasinghe and Richard G Mistrick, 2003, "A Study of Photosensor Configuration and Performance in a Daylighted Classroom Space", Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, 32, (2), pp. 3-20

Conference Proceedings

  • Richard G Mistrick and Reza Sadeghi, 2017, "Optimization of Modeling Parameters for Trees in Daylighting Simulations", University Park, United States
  • Richard G Mistrick and Sarith Subramaniam, 2017, "A More Accurate Approach for calculating Illuminance with Daylight Coefficients"
  • Richard G Mistrick and Sarith Subramaniam, 2016, "Incorporating adjustable external shading systems in annual daylighting simulations: A prototypical study", Illuminating Engineering Society, New York, NY, USA
  • Richard G Mistrick and Qi Ai, 2016, "A Study of the impact of climate, latitude, orientation and shading devices on ASE and sDA.", University Park, United States
  • S. Subramaniam, L. Chen and Richard G Mistrick, 2013, "Annual Performance Metrics for Photosensor Controlled Daylight-Responsive Lighting Control Systems", 2013 Illuminating Engineering Society Conference
  • C. Casey and Richard G Mistrick, 2013, "K-MEANS Clustering Algorithm As a Design Tool to Evaluate Annual Daylight Distributions in Architectural Spaces", 2013 Illuminating Engineering Society Conference
  • C. Casey and Richard G Mistrick, 2013, "Determining the critical point for design, analysis, and commissioning of a photocontrolled dimming system", IESNA, New York
  • Richard G Mistrick and S. Subramaniam, 2013, "A Study of Multi-Zone Daylight-Responsive Dimming Systems", 2013 Architectural Engineering Conference
  • S. Subramaniam and Richard G Mistrick, 2012, "Photometric Tests to Study Performance Trends among Troffer-Style Luminaires for Office Applications", IESNA, New York
  • Richard G Mistrick and C. Casey, 2011, "Performance Modeling of Daylight Integrated Photosensor Controlled Lighting Systems", Proceedings of the 2011 Winter Simulation Conference
  • G. Ward, E. Lee, A. McNeil and Richard G Mistrick, 2010, "Simulating the Daylight Performance of Complex Fenestration Systems Using Bidirectional Scattering Distribution Functions within Radiance", 2010 IES Annual Conference
  • J. Lau, W. Bahnfleth, Richard G Mistrick, P. Kremer and J. Freihaut, 2008, "Modeling and experimental validation of the irradiance distribution in an in-duct UVGI device", Indoor Air 2008 (11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate), pp. 7
  • Y. Yoon, Richard G Mistrick, M. Moeck and W. Bahnfleth, 2007, "Design and Optimization of Energy-Efficient Toplighting Systems", Proceedings of the 2007 IESNA Conference
  • Richard G Mistrick and Reza Sadeghi, , "The Impact of Level of Detail in Modeling the Exterior Surround in Daylight Simulations"


  • Richard G Mistrick, 2005, "Paper Discussion for "The Potential of Simplified Concepts for Daylight Harvesting"", Lighting Research & Technology, 37, (1), pp. 38-39

Research Projects

  • November 2015 - January 2016, "Photosensor Measurement," (Sponsor: Lutron Electronics).
  • June 2015 - September 2016, "Impacts of High Reflectance Flooring Materials in Healthcare and Retail Applications," (Sponsor: Armstrong World Industries).
  • May 2015 - April 2016, "Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) - Task 3.1 OpenStudio Enhancements," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • May 2014 - April 2015, "Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI)," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).

Honors and Awards

  • AEI Student Competition, Architectural Engineering Institute, August 2015 - April 2016
  • 2015 AEI Student Design Competition - instructor for PSU Team that was the National Runner-up in Lighting/Electrical Category, Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI), April 2015
  • Howard Brandston Student Design Education Grant (Instructor for 2nd Place Team), IES, November 2015


Service to Penn State:

  • Member, Executive Committee, August 2014 - June 2016
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee (P & T) (Substitute Member 2015), August 2015 - December 2015
  • Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee (P & T) (Elected 2014-15), August 2012 - August 2015
  • Member, Undergraduate Studies Committee, 2014
  • Advisor, AE Students in Schreyer Honors College, Schreyer Honors College, August 2009
  • Member, Continuing and Distance Education Task Force, August 2009
  • Advisor, Illumination Engineering Society (IES), August 2008
  • Coordinator, Option Thesis - Lighting/Electrical, August 2014
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, August 2014
  • Administrator, AE Graduate Program Officer, July 2016
  • Advisor, MAE Program - Lighting/Electrical, Master of Architectural Engineering, August 2008
  • Member, Instructional Equipment and Resources Committee, August 2009
  • Chairperson, Scholarship and Awards Committee, August 2009
  • Committee Member, AE Department Head Search Committee, November 2017
  • Elected COE RepresentativeGraduate Council, September 2017
  • Committee Member, Provost's IUG Task Force, December 2017
  • Committee Member, Standing Joint Committee for General Education Assessment, December 2017
  • Committee Member, The Graduate School, Joint Committee on Curriculum and Programs, September 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Chairperson, IES Board of Fellows, July 2014 - 2017
  • Paper Session Chair (2 sessions)November 2015 - November 2015
  • Organizer, Organizer, August 2015 - August 2015
  • , IES, Nomenclature Committee, January 2006
  • Chairperson, IES, Conference Papers Committee, January 2009
  • Member, IES, Daylight Metrics Subcommittee, January 2006
  • Member, IES, Daylighting Committee, January 2007
  • Member, IES, Conference Steering Committee, January 2009



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Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

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