Heidarinejad Earns Award for HVAC Innovation
Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering Mohammad Heidarinejad has received the 2019 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers New Investigators Award for his research proposal "Improving Control Sequences in Existing Buildings Using Virtual and Physical Testbeds."
Earlier this year he mentored a group of Illinois Tech students in Armour College of Engineering that worked to improve the heating efficiency of the university’s historic Alumni Memorial Hall, which utilizes a steam radiator heating system. Heidarinejad is also a member of a collaborative team that is behind the development of a strong wood-like material that can cool passively and potentially save homeowners in hot and dry climates energy savings of 20–50 percent. The team’s report, “A Radiative Cooling Structural Material,” is included in the May 24, 2019, edition of the journal Science.