Claridge named Energy Systems Lab director
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Dr. David Claridge has been named director of the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). Claridge, who is also the Leland T. Jordan Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been associate director of the ESL since 1992. A Texas A&M faculty member since 1986, his research interests are in building commissioning, analysis techniques for building energy data and heat transfer in buildings, with more than 300 publications in these areas. Before coming to TEES and Texas A&M, Claridge was an associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado. He also worked for the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colo., and for the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Claridge is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is also a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and a past chair of ASME's Solar Energy Division. Claridge was named a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1976, a TEES Fellow in 1997 and 1998, a TEES Senior Fellow in 1999 and received a Faculty Distinguished Achievement in Research Award from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students in 2003. He has received the Distinguished Service Award and the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from ASHRAE for his outstanding service and achievement in teaching. He has won the best paper award on conservation and solar buildings from the ASME Solar Energy division three times. Claridge holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from Walla Walla College, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. Since 1985, the TEES Energy Systems Laboratory has focused on building energy-related research, energy efficiency and emissions reduction estimates, and has a total annual income for external research and testing exceeding $5 million. ESL is a division of TEES, the engineering research agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System.