Michael D. Sohn

Michael D. Sohn

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road
Mail Stop: 90R2002
Berkeley, California 94720 U.S.A

Courtesy Appointment: University of Miami
Adjunct Professor
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Coral Gables, Florida

Education and Licensure


Students Mentored or Supervised

Journal Publications

  1. Kiliccote S, Olsen D, Sohn MD, Piette MA. Characteriziation of demand response from commercial, industrial, and residential sectors. Submitted to Reviews: Energy and Environment, June 2014.
  2. Granderson J, Price PN, Jump D, Addy N, Sohn MD. Automated measurement and verification: Performance of public domain whole-building electric baseline models. Submitted to Applied Energy, January 2014.
  3. Dale LL, Karali N, Millstein D, Carnall M, Vicuna S, Borchers N, Bustos E, O'Hagan J, Purkey D, Heaps C, Sieber J, Collins WD, Sohn MD. An Integrated Assessment of Water Energy and Climate Change in Sacramento California: How Strong is the Nexus? Submitted to Applied Energy, December 2013.
  4. Sohn MD, Price PN, Black DR, Najafi M. Local occupancy-based HVAC control will not likely produce large energy savings in most office buildings. Submitted to PLOS One, November 2013.
  5. Mathew PA, Dunn LN, Mercado A, Custudio C, Walter T, Sohn MD. Big-Data for building energy perfomance: Results from the field. Applied Energy, accepted Nov. 2014.
  6. Walter T, Price PN, Sohn MD. Uncertainty estimation improves energy measurement and verification procedures. Applied Energy, 130:230-236, 2014.
  7. Bonvini M, Piette MA, Granderson J, Wetter M, Sohn MD. Robust on-line fault detection diagnosis for HVAC components based on nonlinear state estimation techniques. Applied Energy, 124:156-166, 2014.
  8. Wang Y, Sohn MD, Gadgil AJ, Wang Y, Lask KM, Kirchstetter TW. How many replicate tests do I need? - Variability of cookstove performance and emissions has implications for obtaining useful results. Energy for Sustainable Development, 20:21-29, 2014.
  9. Ookie M, Nasr A, Cappers P, Denholm P, Dudley J, Goli S, Hummon M, Kilicotte S, MacDonald J, Matson N, Olsen D, Rose C, Sohn MD, Starke M, Kirby B, O'Malley M. Demand response for ancillary services. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 4(4):1988-1955, 2013.
  10. Shin HM, McKone TE, Sohn MD, Bennett DH. Tracking contributions to human body burden of environmental chemicals by correlating environmental measurements with biomarkers. PLOS One, 9(3):e93678, 2014.
  11. Herrmann IT, Mauschild MZ, Sohn MD, McKone TE. Confronting uncertainty in LCA used for decision support. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 18(3):366-379, 2014.
  12. Parker ST, Lorenzetti DM, Sohn MD. Implementing state-space methods for multizone contaminant transport. Building and Environment, 71:131-139, 2014.
  13. Breen MS, Schultz BD, Sohn MD, Long T, Langstaff J, Williams R, Isaacs K, Meng QY, Stallings C, Smith L. A Review of Air Exchange Rate Models for Air Pollution Exposure Assessments. J. Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 1-9, 2013
  14. Lorenzetti DM, Dols WS, Persily AK, Sohn MD. A stiff, variable time step transport solver for CONTAM. Building and Environment, 67:260-264, 2013.
  15. Walter T, Lorenzetti DM, Sohn MD. Siting samplers to minimize expected time to detection. Risk Analysis, 32(12):2032-2042, 2012.
  16. Najafi M, Auslander DM, Bartlett PL, Haves P, Sohn MD. Application of machine learning in the fault diagnostics of air handling units. Applied Energy 96:347-358, 2012.
  17. Najafi M, Auslander DM, Haves P, Sohn MD. A statistical pattern analysis framework for rooftop unit diagnostics. HVAC&R Research, 18(3):406-416, 2011.
  18. Lorenzetti DM, Sohn MD. Numerical solution of the Polanyi-DR isotherm in linear driving force models. Environmental Science and Technology, 45:10091-10095, 2011.
  19. Sreedharan P, Sohn MD, Nazaroff WW, Gadgil AJ. Towards improved characterization of high-risk releases using heterogeneous sensor systems. Building and Environment, 46:438-447, 2011.
  20. Erickson V, Lin Y, Kamthe A, Brahme R, Cerpa A, Sohn MD, Narayanan S. Energy efficient building environment control strategies using real-time occupancy measurements. In Proceedings of the ACM BuildSys Conference. Berkeley, California, November 4-6, 2009. [Conference paper with journal-level review and archival standard.]
  21. Price PN, Sohn MD, LaCommare K, McWilliams J. Method for evaluating risk from anthrax in buildings. Environmental Science and Technology, 43(6):1783-1787, 2009.
  22. Schenker U, Scheringer M, Sohn MD, Maddalena RL, McKone TE, Hungerbuhler K. Using information on uncertainty to improve environmental fate modeling: A case study of DDT. Environmental Science and Technology, 43(1):128-34, 2009.
  23. Redding LE, Sohn MD, McKone TE, Wang S-L, Hsieh PH, Yang RSH. Population physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling for the human lactational transfer of PCB 153 with consideration of worldwide human biomonitoring results. Environmental Health Perspectives, 116(12):1629-1634, 2008.
  24. Price PN, Gadgil AJ, Sohn MD. Trade-offs between moving and stationary particle collectors for detecting a bio-agent plume. Atmospheric Environment, 41(38):8818-8824, 2007.
  25. Sreedharan P, Sohn MD, Nazaroff WW, Gadgil AJ. Influence of indoor transport and mixing times scales on the performance of sensor systems for characterizing contaminant releases. Atmospheric Environment, 41(40):9530-9542, 2007.
  26. Sohn MD, Lorenzetti DM. Siting bio-samplers in buildings. Risk Analysis, 27(4):877-886, 2007.
  27. Sohn MD, Apte MG, Sextro RG, Lai ACK. Predicting size-resolved particle behavior in multizone buildings. Atmospheric Environment, 41(7):1473-1482, 2007.
  28. Jayaraman B, Finlayson EU, Sohn MD, Thatcher TL, Price PN, Wood EE, Sextro RG, Gadgil AJ. Tracer gas transport under mixed convection conditions in an experimental atrium: Comparison between experiments and CFD predictions. Atmospheric Environment, 40:5236-5250, 2006.
  29. Sreedharan P, Sohn MD, Gadgil AJ, Nazaroff WW. Systems approach to evaluating sensor characteristics for real-time monitoring of high-risk indoor contaminant releases. Atmospheric Environment, 40:3490-3502, 2006.
  30. Chan WR, Nazaroff WW, Price PN, Sohn MD, Gadgil AJ. Analyzing a database of residential air-leakage in the United States. Atmospheric Environment, 3445-3455, 2005.
  31. Maddalena RL, McKone TE, Sohn MD. Standardized approach for developing probabilistic exposure factor distributions. Risk Analysis, 24(5):1185-1189, 2004.
  32. Sohn MD, McKone TE, Blancato JN. Reconstructing population exposures from dose biomarkers: Inhalation of trichloroethylene (TCE) as a case study. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 14(3):204-213, 2004.
  33. Sohn MD, Sextro RG, Gadgil AJ, Daisey JM. Responding to sudden pollutant releases in office buildings: 1. Framework and analysis tools. Indoor Air, 13(3):267-276, 2003.
  34. Sohn MD, Reynolds P, Singh N, Gadgil AJ. Rapidly locating and characterizing pollutant releases in buildings: An application of Bayesian data analysis. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 52:1422-1432, 2002.
  35. Sohn MD, Small MJ, Pantazidou M. Reducing uncertainty in site characterization using Bayes Monte Carlo methods. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 126(10):893-902, 2000.
  36. Sohn MD, Small MJ. Parameter estimation of unknown air exchange rates and effective mixing volumes from tracer gas measurements for complex multi-zone Indoor Air models. Building and Environment, 34(3):293-303, 1999.

Refereed Book Chapters

2014 Refereed Conference Papers

  1. Bonvini M, Piette MA, Wetter M, Granderson J, Sohn MD. Bridging the gap between simulation and the real work: An application to fault detection and diagnosis. In Preceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA, August 17-22, 2014.
  2. Granderson J, Jump D, Price PN, Sohn MD. Performance metrics and objective testing methods for energy baseline modeling software. In Preceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA, August 17-22, 2014.
  3. Jump DA, Denny M, Walter T, Price PN, Sohn MD. Will interval data + advanced measurement and verification + free software = change? In Preceedings of the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA, August 17-22, 2014.
  4. Sohn MD, Lingard B, Lorenzetti DM, Parker ST, Chan WR. Measurement and model predictions of tracer gas transport in three models of a multi-floor commercial building in Oklahoma City. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014, Hong Kong, July 7-12, 2014.
  5. Bonvini M, Wetter M, Sohn MD. An FMI-based framework for state and parameter estimation. In Proceedings of the 10th International Modelica Conference, Lund, Sweden, March 10-12, 2014.