Dr. Kurt Roth has been Director of Fraunhofer CSE’s Building Energy Systems Group since January 2009. Under his leadership, the team develops, analyzes, tests, evaluates, and demonstrates energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth is Co-PI of the Fraunhofer SHINES project with the DOE Solar Energy Technology Office, a three-year effort to develop and demonstrate integrated control of a MW-scale PV plant, load management for commercial and industrial facilities, and energy storage to enable high-penetration PV. He is also Co-PI of a DOE Building Technologies Office Building America project to perform remote home energy audits using communicating thermostat data. Prior to this, he was a Principal at TIAX LLC, where he led several U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and IT technologies, as well as characterizations of building energy consumption by major end uses. Kurt has published and presented at numerous conferences, and authored more than sixty "Emerging Technology" ASHRAE Journal articles. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Architectural Engineering program.
Kurt received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in mechanical engineering, and is a member of Sigma Xi, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).