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Gregory Pavlak

Assistant Professor


  • Architectural Engineering

204 Engineering Unit A

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  • B.S., Engineering (Mechanical),, Hope College, 2009
  • Ph.D., Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014


Journal Articles

  • Gregory Pavlak, Gregor P. Henze, Adam I. Hirsch, Anthony R. Florita and Robert H. Dodier, 2016, "Experimental verification of an energy consumption signal tool for operational decision support in an office building", Automation in Construction, 72, pp. 75-92
  • Gregory Pavlak, Gregor P. Henze and Vincent J. Cushing, 2015, "Evaluating synergistic effect of optimally controlling commercial building thermal mass portfolios", Energy, 84, pp. 161-176
  • Gregor P. Henze, Gregory Pavlak, Anthony R. Florita, Robert H. Dodier and Adam I. Hirsch, 2015, "An energy signal tool for decision support in building energy systems", Applied Energy, 138, pp. 51-70
  • Gregory Pavlak, Gregor P. Henze and Vincent J. Cushing, 2014, "Optimizing commercial building participation in energy and ancillary service markets", Energy and Buildings, 81, pp. 115-126
  • Gregory Pavlak, Anthony R. Florita, Gregor P. Henze and Balaji Rajagopalan, 2014, "Comparison of Traditional and Bayesian Calibration Techniques for Gray-Box Modeling", Journal of Architectural Engineering, 20, (2), pp. 04013011

Conference Proceedings

  • Gregory Pavlak, Anthony R. Florita, Gregor P. Henze and Balaji Rajagopalan, 2013, "Probabilistic Identification of inverse Building Model Parameters", American Society of Civil Engineers

Technical Reports

  • G. Henze, Gregory Pavlak, A. Florita, R. Dodier and A. Hirsch, , "Energy Signal Tool for Decision Support in Building Energy Systems"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Member, Architectural Engineering Department Representative, The Pennsylvania State University, Research Computing Committee, February 2018

Service to External Organizations:

  • Provisional Corresponding MemberTechnical Committee 7.5 - Smart Building Systems, ASHRAE, August 2017
  • Provisional Corresponding MemberTechnical Committee 1.4 - Control Theory and Application, ASHRAE, January 2018



Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394