• [ October 30, 2012 ]
  • New Research Associate: Ran Liu


The Iowa Energy Center is excited to welcome Ran Liu, who will serve as a postdoctoral research associate at the Energy Resource Station (ERS).

In June 2012, Mr. Liu graduated from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pa., with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, with a focus in Building Systems and Energy. During his time as a doctoral student, Mr. Liu centered much of his research on building energy modeling and simulation and variable air volume box controls used in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

“I am excited for my new position at the Energy Research Station because it applies many of the skills I have developed throughout my education,” Mr. Liu said. “It will be rewarding to see what I have learned come together.”

Mr. Liu’s primary responsibilities at the ERS will be to conduct research, monitor data, calibrate instruments, and direct digital controls design. He will work to better understand, compare, and inform the public about energy efficient HVAC systems.

“This position will give me a hands-on experience in a variety of energy-efficient technologies,” Mr. Liu said.

In July 2004, Mr. Liu received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering at the Beijing University of Technology. He then moved to the U.S. in 2005 to pursue a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet.

While Mr. Liu’s family lives in China, he and his wife, Jingjie Teng, are enjoying their time in Iowa. In his free time, Mr. Liu likes to travel and take pictures.

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