Michael D. Sohn

Michael D. Sohn

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

Education and Licensure


PhD Students Co-Supervised

Journal Publications

  1. Dunn LN, Sohn MD. Exploratory Analysis of Energy Use Across Building Types and Geographic Regions in the United States. Submitted to Frontiers in Built Environment, Section Urban Science, April, 2019.
  2. Bieringer PE, Pina AJ, Lorenzetti DM, Jonker HJJ, Fry RN, Sohn MD. A Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Approach to Large Eddy Simulation (LES) for Transport and Contaminant Dispersion. Submitted to Boundary-Layer Meteorology, February, 2019.
  3. Coll C, Sohn MD, Lindim C, Sobek A, MacLeod M. Prospects for finding Junge variability-lifetime relationships for micropollutants in the Danube river. Submitted to Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, February, 2019.
  4. Aghajanzadeh A, Sohn MD, Bauer DJ, Berger MA. Water-energy considerations in California's agricultural sector and opportunities to provide flexibility to California's grid. Submitted to Applied Energy, January, 2019.
  5. Sohn MD, Li X, Chan WR. Estimates of Pollutant temporal and spatial variability in commercial buildings from the Joint Urban 2003 Field Experiments. Submitted to Atmospheric Environment, December, 2018.
  6. Sohn MD, Delp WW, Fry RN, Kim YS. Analysis of a Series of Urban-Scale Chlorine Dispersion Experiments and Implications on Indoor Health Consequences. Submitted to Atmospheric Environment, November, 2018.
  7. Dunn LN, Sohn MD, LaComarre KSH, Eto JH, Exploratory Analysis of High-Resolution Power Interupption Data Reveals Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity in Electric Grid Reliability. Energy Policy, Accepted January 2019.
  8. LaCommare KH, Eto JH, Dunn LN, Sohn MD. Eto JH, LaCommare KH, Sohn MD, Improving the Estimated Cost of Sustained Power Interruptions to Electricity Customers. Energy, Accepted, April 2018.
  9. Tian W, Han X, Zuo W, Sohn MD. Building Energy Simulation Coupled with CFD for Indoor Environment: A Critical Review and Recent Applications. Energy and Buildings, 165:184-199, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.01.046.
  10. Tian W, Sevilla TA, Zuo W, Sohn MD. Coupling fast fluid dynamics and multizone airflow models in the Modelica Buildings Library to simulate dynamics of HVAC systems. Building and Environment, in press May, 2017. DOI:10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.06.013
  11. Huang S, Zuo W, Sohn MD. A Bayesian network model for predicting cooling load of commercial buildings. Building Simulation An International Journal, 11(1), pp. 87-101, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s12273-017-0382-z.
  12. Eto JH, LaCommare KH, Sohn MD, Caswell HC. Evaluating the performance of the IEEE Standard 1366 method for identifying major event days. IEEE PES Transactions on Power Systems, 32(2):1327-1333, 2017, DOI:10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2585978
  13. Wei M, Smith SJ, Sohn MD. Experience curve development and cost reduction disaggregation for fuel cell markets in Japan and the US," Applied Energy, 191:346-357, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.01.056
  14. Huang S, Zuo W, Sohn MD. Improving cooling tower control of legacy chiller plans by optimizing the condenser water set point. Building and Environment, 111:33-46, 2017. DOI:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.10.011
  15. Walter T, Sohn MD. A regression-based approach to estimating retrofit savings using the building performance database. Applied Energy, 179:996-1005, 2016 DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.07.087
  16. Huang S, Malara A, Zuo W, Sohn MD. A Bayesian network model for the optimization of a chiller plant's condenser water set point. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, December Pg. 1-12, 2016, DOI:10.1080/19401493.2016.1269133
  17. Smith SJ, Wei M, Sohn MD. A retrospective analysis of compact fluorescent lamps experience curves and their correlations to deployment programs. Energy Policy, 98:505-512, 2016, DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.09.023
  18. Wei M, Smith SJ, Sohn MD. Non-constant learning rates in retrospective experience curve analyses and their correlation to deployment programs. Energy Policy, 107:356-369, 2017. DOI:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.04.035
  19. Granderson J, Touzani S, Custodio C, Sohn MD, Jump D, Fernandes S. Accuracy of automated measurement and verification techniques for energy savings in commercial buildings. Applied Energy, 173:296-308, 2016, DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.04.049
  20. Herring SJ, Batchelor S, Bieringer PE, Lingard B, Lorenzetti DM, Parker ST, Rodriguez L, Sohn MD, Steinhoff D, Wolski M. Providing pressure inputs to multizone buildings models. Building and Environment, accepted February, 2016.
  21. Zuo W, Huang S, Sohn MD. Amelioration of the cooling load based chiller sequencing control. Applied Energy, accepted January, 2016.
  22. Kiliccote S, Olsen D, Sohn MD, Piette MA. Characteriziation of demand response from commercial, industrial, and residential sectors. Reviews: Energy and Environment, DOE:10.1002/wene.176, June 2015.
  23. 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? Applied Energy, 132(2):223-235, 2015.
  24. Granderson J, Price PN, Jump D, Addy N, Sohn MD. Automated measurement and verification: Performance of public domain whole-building electric baseline models. Applied Energy, 144:106-113, 2015, DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.01.026
  25. Mathew PA, Dunn LN, Sohn MD, Mercado A, Custudio C, Walter T. Big-Data for building energy perfomance: Lessons from assembling a vary large national database of building energy use. Applied Energy, 140:85-93, 2015.
  26. Walter T, Price PN, Sohn MD. Uncertainty estimation improves energy measurement and verification procedures. Applied Energy, 130:230-236, 2014.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Parker ST, Lorenzetti DM, Sohn MD. Implementing state-space methods for multizone contaminant transport. Building and Environment, 71:131-139, 2014.
  33. 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
  34. Lorenzetti DM, Dols WS, Persily AK, Sohn MD. A stiff, variable time step transport solver for CONTAM. Building and Environment, 67:260-264, 2013.
  35. Walter T, Lorenzetti DM, Sohn MD. Siting samplers to minimize expected time to detection. Risk Analysis, 32(12):2032-2042, 2012.
  36. 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.
  37. Najafi M, Auslander DM, Haves P, Sohn MD. A statistical pattern analysis framework for rooftop unit diagnostics. HVAC and R Research, 18(3):406-416, 2011.
  38. Lorenzetti DM, Sohn MD. Numerical solution of the Polanyi-DR isotherm in linear driving force models. Environmental Science and Technology, 45:10091-10095, 2011.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Sohn MD, Lorenzetti DM. Siting bio-samplers in buildings. Risk Analysis, 27(4):877-886, 2007.
  46. Sohn MD, Apte MG, Sextro RG, Lai ACK. Predicting size-resolved particle behavior in multizone buildings. Atmospheric Environment, 41(7):1473-1482, 2007.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. Maddalena RL, McKone TE, Sohn MD. Standardized approach for developing probabilistic exposure factor distributions. Risk Analysis, 24(5):1185-1189, 2004.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. Conference papers with journal-level review and archival standards

  57. 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.

Refereed Book Chapters

Referee for journals: Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Atmospheric Environment, Building and Environment, Ecological Modelling, Energy & Buildings, Environmental Science and Technology, Groundwater, Groundwater Monitoring and Review, Indoor Air, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Journal of Exposure Science and and Environmental Epidemiology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Risk Analysis, Sensors, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Water Resources Research.