Soolyeon Cho, Ph.D.
Dr. Cho joined the architecture faculty at NC State University in 2011. He began his academic career at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC where he taught building energy and technology courses in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design (MSSD) program for three years.
Dr. Cho’s expertise is in the energy modeling and performance simulation for the design and development of sustainable buildings. His teaching includes Energy Modeling & Simulation, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, and Building Energy Optimization. His research and work experience includes energy savings calculation, high-performance building design, energy-efficient systems design, renewable energy systems integration, and performance Measurement and Verification (M&V).
Dr. Cho’s research is interdisciplinary, dealing with both architectural, environmental, and engineering subjects for the design and development of sustainable built environment. He extensively utilizes energy modeling and simulation technologies, especially using one of the most advanced programs such as EnergyPlus developed by US DOE. The use of the technology is to predict potential energy benefits from the early design phases through the life of a building, which can help make optimal design/development decisions in terms of energy efficiency, while maintaining the same or better occupant comfort conditions at the same time. Also, Dr. Cho utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) technologies to develop algorithms for optimal controls of HVAC and energy systems.
Currently, Dr. Cho is the Director of the Building Energy Technology Lab (BETlab). BETlab is a research group concerned with Building Energy Technologies and Design Issues related to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in buildings for the development of a Sustainable Built Environment.
2021-2022 Interim Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Global Engagement
2011–pres. Director, Building Energy Technology Laboratory (BETlab)
2011–2014 Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, College of Design
2008–2011 Associate Director, Center for Building Stewardship
2008–2011 Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
2010–2010 Research Faculty, Summer Fellowship Program
2000–2008 Research Associate/Assistant, Energy Systems Laboratory
1998–1999 Research Assistant, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
1994–1997 Mechanical Design Engineer, Ship Building Division
1990–1992 Airport Operations Crew, Foreign Aircraft Operations Division
For more information about Dr. Cho and his research laboratory, visit the BETlab website HERE.
Ph.D. in Architecture (Building Science & Engineering) Texas A&M University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Energy Systems) Texas A&M University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering University of Ulsan, South Korea
Area(s) of Expertise
Building Energy Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization, Building Performance Measurement & Verification (M&V), HVAC Control Optimization, using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) technologies, Sustainable (High-Performance) Building Design, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) & Performance Monitoring, Energy Efficiency & Renewable
- Offices: Administration
- Academics: Architecture
- Research: Building Energy Technology Lab
- Academics: Doctor of Design
- Doctor of Design: Doctor of Design Faculty Advisors
- Doctor of Design: Doctor of Design Steering Committee
- Research: Office of Research and Extension
- Offices: Office of Research and Extension
- Academics: PhD in Design