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  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering


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

Research Summary

My expertise is in building science and the thermo-economic analysis of groups of buildings at multiple scales, with three specialty areas: - Creating new computer models for understanding and optimizing complex energy systems, for the purpose of identifying opportunities to reduce both costs and emissions - Quantifying the impacts of meteorology and climate on building performance - Providing practical, actionable guidance for building design and operations under uncertainty


Amanda D. Smith is a Senior Scientist at Project Drawdown focusing on climate solutions for buildings and energy systems who also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. She previously served as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as an energy systems researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and as a senior energy analyst at SOCOTEC USA. She has expertise in distributed and alternative energy systems, building energy modeling, and quantifying the environmental impacts of energy conversion.

Connect with me

Inquiries are welcome from students and professors who are looking for resources, guest speakers, or committee members on relevant topics, such as decarbonization or building electrification. I am based in Washington state and travel to Utah infrequently, but you may reach out by email or schedule a short Zoom call here.