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Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman

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Biography

Dr. Newman is a data scientist in the buildings and connected systems group. She works on applying data analysis and machine learning techniques to improving the energy efficiency and resiliency of buildings. Her projects include developing a web app to quantify the impacts of efficiency and generation projects on the electricity grid, creating tools to design microgrids for resiliency, deployment of machine learning techniques on real-time building systems data to improve efficiency and operations, and analysis of fault prevalence in commercial buildings.

Before joining PNNL in 2018, Sarah received her PhD in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2013, and then transitioned to energy research, developing machine learning models to improve efficiency and comfort in multifamily buildings, and analyzing retrofit opportunities and impacts for NYC's building stock.

Research Interests

  • Building energy data analysis
  • Energy resiliency and microgrids
  • Applying Machine Learning to sustainability projects

Education and Credentials

  • PhD, Astrophysics, UC Berkeley
  • B.S., Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT

PNNL Publications

2022

  • Newman S.F., D. Bhatnagar, R.S. O'Neil, A.P. Reiman, D.C. Preziuso, and B. Robertson. 2022. "Evaluating the resilience benefits of marine energy in microgrids." International Journal of Marine Energy 5, no. 2:143-150. PNNL-SA-169469. doi:10.36688/imej.5.143-150

2021

  • Bhatnagar D., S. Bhattacharya, D.C. Preziuso, S. Hanif, R.S. O'Neil, M.E. Alam, and V.H. Chalishazar, et al. 2021. Grid Value Proposition of Marine Energy. PNNL-31123. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Grid Value Proposition of Marine Energy
  • Newman S.F., D. Bhatnagar, R.S. O'Neil, A.P. Reiman, D.C. Preziuso, and B. Robertson. 2021. "Evaluating the resilience benefits of marine energy in microgrids." In Proceedings of the 14th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2021), September 5-9, 2021, Virtual, Online, 1892-1 - 1892-9. Southampton:European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference Series. PNNL-SA-160842.

2020

  • Dahowski R.T., S.F. Newman, V. Sood, and T.C. Douville. 2020. "EVALUATING FACILITY ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RESILIENCE OPPORTUNITIES WITH FEDS AND MCOR." In 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, September 29-October 1, 2020, (Virtual), 19-26. Atlanta, Georgia:ASHRAE. PNNL-SA-151591.
  • Davis S.H., M.A. Elizondo, X. Fan, S.F. Newman, E.L. Barrett, X. Ke, and B. Vyakaranam, et al. 2020. "Data Requirements for Application of Risk-Based Dynamic Contingency Analysis to Evaluate Hurricane Impact to Electrical Infrastructure in Puerto Rico." In CIGRE-US 2020 Next Generation Network Paper Competition. PNNL-SA-154443.
  • Elizondo M.A., X. Fan, S.H. Davis, B. Vyakaranam, X. Ke, E.L. Barrett, and S.F. Newman, et al. 2020. Risk-Based Dynamic Contingency Analysis Applied to Puerto Rico Electric Infrastructure. PNNL-29985. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. doi:10.2172/1771798.Risk-Based Dynamic Contingency Analysis Applied to Puerto Rico Electric Infrastructure
  • Newman S.F., J. Lerond, H.M. Reeve, D.L. Vrabie, S.T. Belew, J.C. Tucker, and E.T. Mayhorn. 2020. "Pilot Study for Determining HVAC Fault Prevalence from Fault Monitoring Data." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17- 21, 2020. Virtual, Online, 3-244 - 3-258. Washington Dc:American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-152014.
  • Newman S.F., K. Shiozawa, J.D. Follum, E.L. Barrett, T.C. Douville, T.D. Hardy, and A.E. Solana. 2020. "A Comparison of PV Resource Modeling for Sizing Microgrid Components." Renewable Energy 162. PNNL-SA-152891. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2020.08.074
  • Twitchell J.B., S.F. Newman, R.S. O'Neil, and M.T. McDonnell. 2020. Planning Considerations for Energy Storage in Resilience Applications. PNNL-29738. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Planning Considerations for Energy Storage in Resilience Applications
  • Wendel E.M., S.F. Newman, and E.M. Mets. 2020. "Optimal Sizing of Resilience Solutions for the U.S. Army Reserve." In ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17, 21, 2020. Virtual, Online, 11-391 - 11-402. Washington, District Of Columbia:American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. PNNL-SA-152056.

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