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Kristen Cetin

Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), College of Engineering

Engineering Bldg, 428 S Shaw Ln Rm 3553


Dr. Cetin is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED AP, and has over 10 years of experience in academia and industry in her field. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was also an NSF IGERT Fellow with a focus on Sustainable ... Grid Integration of Renewable and Distributed Resources. Prior to her PhD studies, Dr. Cetin worked in building envelope consulting in the Washington D.C. area, and received her M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Cetin's research involves the use of building energy and daylight modeling and smart technologies to improve building energy performance and reduce peak loads, while maintaining occupant comfort. She is also interested in smart technologies, and how the use and integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) can enhance building performance, comfort, and real-time assessment of performance. Dr Cetin also has experience in the assessment of the thermal and hygrothermal performance of buildings, and development of inverse grey-box and black-box models for building energy performance. She leads or has led 8 nationally-funded research projects as PI, including funding from the National Science Foundation, ARPA-E, Sloan Foundation, ASHRAE, ACRP, and industry. She collaborates on a broad range of projects, including those from FAA, IowaDOT, IHRB, Iowa Energy Center, and the U.S. EPA.

She is an active member of ASHRAE, particularly in Technical Committee 7.5 - Smart Building Systems, and in MTG.OBB - Occupant Behavior in Buildings. She is also an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, on the Conference and Expositions Committee in ASHRAE, and an Assistant Mentor for the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Workshop.

Research Area

Smart building systems
Energy efficiency
Building energy modeling and simulation
Occupant behavior in buildings
Building-grid interactions and demand response

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Ph.D., Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2015

M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2010

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2009


ASCE ExCEEd Assistant Mentor, 2017-2019

ASCE ExCEEd Fellow, 2016


Kunwar, N., Cetin, K.S., Passe, U., Zhou, X. Li, H. (2019) Full-Scale Testing of Dynamically-Operated Roller Shades in Perimeter Office Spaces. Solar Energy, 186, 17-28.

Cetin, K.S., Fathollahzadeh, M.H., Kunwar, N., Do, H., Tabares-Velasco, P.C. (2019) Development and validation of an HVAC on/off controller in EnergyPlus for energy simulation of residential and small commercial buildings. Energy and Buildings. 183, 467-483

Do, H., Cetin, K.S. Improvement of inverse change-point modeling of electricity consumption in residential buildings across multiple climate zones. Building Simulation. 1-12.

Do, H., Cetin, K.S. (2019) Evaluation of the Causes and Impact of Outliers on Residential Building Energy Use Prediction using Inverse Modeling. Building and Environment. 138, 194-206.


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