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Gregory Pavlak

Assistant Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Institutes of Energy and Environment

225 Engineering Unit A

gxp93@psu.edu

814-867-3323

Research Areas:

Building Mechanical Systems

Interest Areas:

Smart building systems, building-to-grid integration, distributed and renewable energy

 
 

 

Education

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

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Amy Allen, Gregor P Henze, Kyri Baker and Gregory Pavlak, 2020, "Evaluation of Low-Exergy Heating and Cooling Systems and Topology Optimization for Deep Energy Savings at the Urban District Level", Energy Conversion and Management
  • Siddharth Swaminathan, Gregory Pavlak and James Freihaut, 2020, "Sizing and dispatch of an islanded microgrid with energy flexible buildings", Applied Energy
  • Shadi M. Abdel Haleem, Gregory Pavlak and William P Bahnfleth, 2020, "Performance of Advanced Control Sequences in Handling Uncertainty in Energy Use and Indoor Environmental Quality Using Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis for Control Components", Energy and Buildings
  • Hyeunguk Ahn, Donghyun Rim, Gregory Pavlak and James Freihaut, 2019, "Uncertainty analysis of energy and economic performances of hybrid solar photovoltaic and combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP+PV) systems using a Monte-Carlo method", Applied Energy, 255, pp. 113753
  • 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

  • Min Gyung Yu and Gregory Pavlak, 2020, "Two-stage stochastic planning for control of building thermal energy storage portfolios with transactive controls", 2020 American Control Conference
  • Amy Allen, Gregor Henze, Kyri Baker, Gregory Pavlak, Nicholas Long and Yangyang Fu, 2020, "A topology optimization framework to facilitate adoption of advanced district thermal energy systems", Beyond 2020: World Sustainable Built Environment Conference
  • Chrissa Turley, Margarite Jacoby, Gregor Henze and Gregory Pavlak, 2020, "Development and evaluation of occupancy-aware model predictive control for residential building energy efficiency and occupant comfort", Beyond 2020: World Sustainable Built Environment Conference
  • Javad Khazaei, Gregory Pavlak, Brandon Lee and Mohamed Elsenbaty, 2018, "A Novel Application of Modular Multi-Level Converters for Partially Shaded PV Systems", IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference
  • Gregory Pavlak, Anthony R. Florita, Gregor P. Henze and Balaji Rajagopalan, 2013, "Probabilistic Identification of inverse Building Model Parameters", American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 255-264
  • Amy Allen, Gregor Henze, Kyri Baker and Gregory Pavlak, , "Analysis of HVAC Systems for Deep Energy Savings at the Urban District Level", 14th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems

Other

Research Projects

  • September 2019 - August 2022, "RET Site: Building Education," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2019 - April 2020, "Uncertainty-Aware Transactive Building Controls," (Sponsor: Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment).
  • June 2018 - May 2019, "Decentralized Control of Modular Multi-Level Converters in Photovoltaic Systems," (Sponsor: Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment).
  • August 2018 - May 2019, "STTR: Peer-to-Peer Energy Transactions with Advanced Demand Flexibility for Increasing Solar Energy Utilization," (Sponsor: QCoefficient, Inc. ^).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Representative, Architectural Engineering Department Representative, College of Engineering Sustainability Council, January 2019
  • Committee Work, Chairperson, Research Seminar Planning, Events Committee, August 2018
  • Committee Work, Representative, Architectural Engineering Department Representative, College of Engineering Research Computing Committee, February 2018 - August 2019

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Provisional Corresponding Member, Technical Committee 1.4 - Control Theory and Application, ASHRAE, January 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Handbook Subcommittee Co-Chair, Technical Committee 7.5 - Smart Building Systems, ASHRAE, July 2018
 


 

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