Program: Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Peter Armstrong, P.E., is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Masdar Institute where he leads projects in model-predictive control of high-performance cooling systems with building integrated thermal storage (aka TABS); optimal control of district cooling plants with and without thermal energy storage; GCC-specific cooling equipment designs and performance standards; micro-climate and urban form; model identification of transient thermal processes; solar resource assessment (DNI, circumsolar, aerosols); solar desalination and liquid desiccant regeneration; and concentrating solar power at the Beam-Down Optical Experiment (BDOE).
Dr. Armstrong has 35 years of experience in the fields of passive and active solar energy, heat transfer, and building science, including 8 years at the Solar Energy Application Laboratory (CSU) and more than 15 years at U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His international experience includes three years monitoring performance and modeling and verifying energy retrofits for the World Bank Enterprise Housing Divestiture Project in the former Soviet Union and a UNDP solar instrumentation and monitoring mission at Gansu Natural Energy Research Institute in Lanzhou, PRC. He has consulted for the Electric Power Research Institute and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.