Dr. Kurt Roth

Head, Building Energy Systems
  • Controls and Diagnostics
  • Demand Response
  • Home Energy Management Technologies
  • HVAC Systems and Technologies
  • Technology Assessment and Energy Consumption Characterization

Dr. Kurt Roth leads Building Energy Systems applied R&D at Fraunhofer USA CMI and has led Building Energy Systems research at Fraunhofer USA since 2009. His team collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test, demonstrate, and evaluate building technologies and technologies that enable integration of large quantities of renewable power with the electric grid. He is a Co-PI for a DOE SunShot demonstration project to optimize the operation of MW-scale PV, energy storage, and facility load management to enable the electric grid to reliably integrate high levels of PV, as well as a DOE Building America project to use communicating thermostat data to perform remote home performance assessments. Dr. Roth has also led numerous studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies, foremost HVAC and building controls and diagnostics, and analyses to characterize building energy consumption by different end uses (foremost consumer electronics). He has presented at numerous conferences and meetings and authored more than sixty ASHRAE Journal "Emerging Technology" articles. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Architectural Engineering program.

Dr. Roth received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and Sigma Xi.