UPenn Prof William W. Braham hosted by Meggers Nov 16th ACEE Lecture

Dr. William W. Braham, Professor at UPenn, will give a lecture in the brand new Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment building discussing topics around thermodynamics and architecture. See his book Architecture and Systems Ecology. Details here:

Highlight Seminar: William Braham, University of Pennsylvania

Forrest will host Bill and a group of his students from the Master of Environmental Building Design at UPenn at the new building in a CHAOS lab workshop and discussion of the thermodynamics of the Thermoheliodome and Cool Oculus.


The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (acee.princeton.edu)  made a nice media release on the Cool Oculus and Thermoheliodome as part of the Ultrastructures event


C.H.A.O.T.I.C. Summer presentations

Cooling and Heating for Architectural Optimization Team In Conference – Summer 2015

  • Presentations on the work of the amazing CHAOS team!
    • Low exergy campus district heating simulations
    • Geothermal potential of fracking wells for district heating
    • Cool Oculus prototype design, development and operation
    • Mid-size solar distillate research for the Andlinger Center
    • Desiccant dehumidification experiment and system design
    • Thermoheliodome upgrades and sensors
    • Sensor development for Campus as a Lab
    • Thermal imaging digital techniques
    • NYC thermal surface temperature exploration and evaluation

Some clips were taken and posted to:

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CHAOS part of NSF Sustainability Research Network: Urban Water Innovations Network (UWIN)


Led by Colorado State, the new research network includes Meggers of Princeton along with colleagues Elie Bou-Zeid and James Smith, faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The project will engage the multifaceted challenges facing water in the urban context ranging from advanced predictive simulation of climate to urban design and the water energy nexus.

Summer intern, Michelle Soram Kim, selected from 41 applicants to present at New Jersey Tech Council

Michelle Soram Kim, a member of the Laboratory Learning program who will be a senior in high school next year, submitted an abstract on her research with Dr. Jovan Pantelic and Prof. Forrest Meggers on high performance air conditioning systems to a call for projects to be presented at the NJ Tech Council.

NJ Tech Council

She was among 10 selected for presentation, and she presented a summary of the novel experimental work she is doing with Dr. Jovan Pantelic on the ability of a new liquid desiccant material to achieve dehumidification in conjunction with a novel membrane exchange setup.


Embodied Energy Pilot Project @ Ideas City

Prof Meggers provided some informal insights and direction to David Benjamin in this project that was presented at the IDEAS CITY event at the New Museum in New York City


The Embodied Energy Pilot Project—led by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, and operating out of the GSAPP Incubator at NEW INC—aims to uncover key questions, issues, and opportunities for architectural design in the context of embodied energy.

This exhibition for IDEAS CITY will feature two large drawings for the glass facade of the New Museum: a zoomed-out embodied energy map of New York City buildings, and a zoomed-in embodied energy view of the intersection of the Bowery and Houston Street.

Meggers moderating PU-EWB Reunion

Prof. Meggers will be moderating the Princeton University Reunions Panel Discussion, which is sponsored by Princeton Engineers Without Borders-Engaged in the Service of All Nations: Creating A Lasting Impact Through Sustainable Development. The panelists will discuss how their education and post-graduation careers have shaped their attitudes towards the field of sustainable development, how they became interested in and pursued the work of non-profits, and what advice they would give to students and recent alumni interested in following a similar path. The intricacies of sustainable practices will also be considered, including the inevitable expense and community effects of internationally delivered aid.

Panelists that will be joining him are:

Adrienne Clermont ‘09, Research Associate – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Rebecca Kaufman ‘11, Partnership Associate – Echoing Green

Gregory van der Vink, Visiting Lecturer in Geosciences – Princeton University

Kelly Smolar, Senior Project Manager – Tishman Construction

The details of the reunion can be found here.


Research team led by Prof Forrest Meggers, faculty jointly appointed in the School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.