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Michael Poplawski

Michael Poplawski

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland Office
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 417-7561


Michael joined PNNL in 2009 as a Senior Engineer following twelve years in the commercial semiconductor industry. His work experience includes stints with Motorola, ON Semiconductor, and a CMOS image sensor start-up, and in various functions including device engineering and reliability, circuit design, application support, and technical marketing. His current efforts are focused on supporting the Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program, primarily in the areas of Connected Lighting System technology evaluation and demonstration, standards and specification development, and the estimation of lighting energy end-use consumption. Michael is a member of IES, IEEE, and ASHRAE; serves on multiple standards development committees; and consults with numerous energy efficiency organizations, specification bodies, and early adopters.


Research Interests

  • Intelligent, networked solid-state lighting systems and sensors
  • Networked system interoperability
  • Integrated building systems and transactive energy management
  • Smart city technologies and infrastructure development
  • Electrical energy metering and management

Education and Credentials

  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Solid State Devices, University of Michigan
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan

PNNL Publications


  • Abboushi B.K., S.F. Safranek, E. Rodriguez-Feo Bermudez, S.C. Pratoomratana, Y. Chen, M.E. Poplawski, and R.G. Davis. 2022. "A Review of the Use of Wearables in Indoor Environmental Quality Studies and an Evaluation of Data Accessibility from a Wearable Device." Frontiers in Built Environment 8. PNNL-SA-167029. doi:10.3389/fbuil.2022.787289
  • Wang P., M.R. Brambley, and M.E. Poplawski. 2022. "FREQUENCY REGULATION WITH CONNECTED LIGHTING SYSTEMS." In ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2021), November 1-5, 2021, Virtual, Online, 8B: Energy, Paper No: IMECE2021-70474, V08BT08A042. New York, New York:American Society of Mechanical Engineers. PNNL-SA-161986. doi:10.1115/IMECE2021-70474


  • Pritoni M., D. Paine, G. Fierro, C. Mosiman, M.E. Poplawski, A. Saha, and J. Bender, et al. 2021. "Metadata Schemas and Ontologies for Building Energy Applications: A Critical Review and Use Case Analysis." Energies 14, no. 7:2024. PNNL-SA-159427. doi:10.3390/en14072024


  • Bergmann H., C. Mosiman, A. Saha, S. Haile, W. Livingood, S. Bushby, and G. Fierro, et al. 2020. "Semantic Interoperability to Enable Smart, Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-21, 2020. Virtual, Online, 12-44 - 12-59. Washington Dc:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-152486.
  • Feagin Jr. B., M.E. Poplawski, and J.T. Day. 2020. A Review of Existing Test Methods for Occupancy Sensors. PNNL-28847. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. A Review of Existing Test Methods for Occupancy Sensors
  • Tuenge J.R., M.E. Poplawski, and B. Feagin Jr. 2020. Specifying Calibration of Environmental Sensors. PNNL-30130. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Specifying Calibration of Environmental Sensors
  • Vlachokostas E., M.E. Poplawski, and S.G. Gourisetti. 2020. "IS BLOCKCHAIN A SUITABLE TECHNOLOGY FOR ENSURING THE INTEGRITY OF DATA SHARED BY LIGHTING AND OTHER BUILDING SYSTEMS?." In IEEE Resilience Week (RWS 2020), October 19-23, 2020, Salt Lake City, UT, 47-152. Piscataway, New Jersey:IEEE. PNNL-SA-150298. doi:10.1109/RWS50334.2020.9241309
  • Wang P., M.R. Brambley, M.E. Poplawski, M. Myer, J. Lian, R.G. Lutes, and S. Huang, et al. 2020. "Characterization of Connected Lighting System Potential for Grid Services Under Real-Time Pricing." In 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, September 29-October 1, 2020, (Virtual), 27-34. Atlanta, Georgia:ASHRAE. PNNL-SA-150138.







  • Lehman B., A. Wilkins, S. Berman, M.E. Poplawski, and N.J. Miller. 2011. "Proposing Measures of Flicker in the Low Frequencies for Lighting Applications." LEUKOS - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 7, no. 3:189-195. PNNL-SA-77242.
  • Poplawski M.E., and N.J. Miller. 2011. "Exploring Flicker in Solid State Lighting: What you Might Find, and How to Deal With It." In Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Annual Conference, October 31-November 1, 2011, Austin, Texas, 52-56. New York, New York:Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). PNNL-SA-83201.

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas