Amanda D. Smith portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • B.S. with Departmental Honors, Mechanical Engineering, University of Memphis. Project: Thesis: Using Adaptive Optics to Mitigate the Effects of Turbulence in Non-traditional Optics Systems
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Mississippi State University. Project: Dissertation: Combined Heat and Power Systems for Commercial Buildings: Investigating Cost, Emissions, and Primary Energy Reduction Based on System Components

Research Summary

My research is focused on distributed energy resources and building science, with an emphasis on advanced modeling/simulation and combined energy, economic, and environmental analysis, and a particular interest in urban environments. I am interested in the trade-offs between costs, energy efficiency, emissions, water use, and consumption of primary energy resources which are associated with power production and energy consumption.


Amanda D. Smith is an energy sustainability researcher who serves as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Site-Specific Energy Systems Laboratory, Associate Editor of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, and advisor to the University of Utah ASHRAE Student BranchShe has expertise in distributed and alternative energy systems, building energy modeling, and quantifying the environmental impacts of energy conversion. In 2015, she introduced a new multidisciplinary energy systems course for engineers and in 2016, she was recognized as the Utah Engineers Council Educator of the Year and with the Alta Sustainability Leadership Award for Integrating Sustainability Education.