Gregory Pavlak joins the Department of Architectural Engineering


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Department of Architectural Engineering is pleased to announce Gregory Pavlak as its newest faculty member.

Pavlak, a visiting assistant professor of engineering at Hope College in Michigan, has been hired as an assistant professor of architectural engineering.

In addition to his position with Hope College, Pavlak has been the lead scientist for QCoefficient, Inc., a smart grid engine that integrates HVAC operations in commercial buildings with electric grid operations and markets since 2015. Prior to this, he served as an engineer at QCoefficient, Inc., from 2013 to 2015.  

Pavlak’s research interests focus on increasing the intelligence and autonomy of building energy systems and generation technologies. His past research accomplishments include optimizing commercial building participation in energy and ancillary service markets, optimal control of commercial building thermal mass portfolios, an energy signal tool for decision support in building energy systems and Bayesian calibration of inverse gray-box building model parameters.

Pavlak received his Ph.D. in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2014 under the supervision of Gregor Henze, professor of architectural engineering. His thesis, Building-to-Grid Integration through Commercial Building Portfolios Participating in Energy and Frequency Regulation Markets, focused on integrating commercial building operations with electric systems to increase system efficiency and support renewable energy generation.

Pavlak’s professional affiliations include ASHRAE and the International Building Performance Simulation Association.

He is also cofunded by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

Pavlak will begin his appointment on Aug. 15.


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Greg Pavlak

Greg Pavlak will join the Department of Architectural Engineering as an assistant professor on Aug. 15.



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