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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 372-4269


Amanda D. Smith joined PNNL as an Energy Systems Research Engineer in 2019. Her research interests are focused on modeling and optimization of buildings and distributed energy systems at multiple scales, including the effects of climate and weather on energy performance and the trade-offs between energy use, costs, human comfort, and environmental consequences. She is the technical lead for the BEND project, which provides large-scale regionally aggregated building energy simulations as part of the multidisciplinary IM3 effort. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah where she founded the Site-Specific Energy Systems research group, producing 5 PhDs to date and 5 MS thesis graduates. She has published 30 journal articles, 2 book chapters, and several conference papers and publicly available software tools.

Research Interests

  • Weather, climate, and microclimate impacts on energy use
  • Distributed generation and renewable energy integration
  • Thermal storage modeling and thermal performance of buildings
  • Quantification of environmental impacts of energy use
  • Optimization of industrial energy systems
  • Machine learning techniques for building operations

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis
  • Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
  • Associate Editor, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
  • Editorial Board, Energy Reports
  • ASHRAE Associate Member and University of Utah Student Branch Advisor

Awards and Recognitions

  • Alta Sustainability Leadership Award for Education Integration, University of Utah, 2016
  • Educator of the Year, Utah Engineers Council, 2016
  • Best Paper Award, Advanced Energy Systems Division, ASME Energy Sustainability Conference, 2015
  • Educator of the Year, ASHRAE Utah Chapter, 2015

PNNL Publications


  • Burleyson C.D., G.C. Iyer, M.I. Hejazi, S.H. Kim, P. Kyle, J.S. Rice, and A.D. Smith, et al. 2020. "Future western U.S. building electricity consumption in response to climate and population drivers: A comparative study of the impact of model structure." Energy 208. PNNL-SA-151017. doi:10.1016/

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas