David Riley promoted to professor


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The College of Engineering recently announced the promotion of one Department of Architectural Engineering faculty member.

David Riley has been promoted to the rank of professor, beginning July 1, 2017.

Riley joined the faculty at Penn State in 2001, after serving as a faculty member in the Department of Construction Management at the University of Washington since 1994. During his time at the University of Washington, Riley developed interests in sustainable construction and green building design. His current research areas include integrated design-build delivery methods, sustainable building techniques, renewable energy systems and smart, affordable and sustainable housing strategies.

As a member of the Department of Architectural Engineering faculty, Riley has developed the American Indian Housing Initiative, an integrated research and education program where students from multiple universities collaborate on the design and construction of sustainable structures on American Indian reservations. He led the Penn State Department of Energy 2007 Solar Decathlon Competition team from 2005 – 07, leading to the build of the MorningStar Solar Home, a teaching and research facility located at the University Park campus.

Currently, Riley is focusing on bringing sustainability challenges to the forefront of University students’ education as a Resident Scholar at the Sustainability Institute at Penn State. He is working with industry partners to develop the Smart Grid Experience Center at Penn State at The Navy Yard, an innovation and research ecosystem located in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard.

Riley is also leading multiple Penn State initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that focus on the integration of commercialization, workforce development and education programs in energy efficiency, solar, wind and smart grid technologies.

Riley received his doctorate in architectural engineering from Penn State in 1994.


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