Education:

  • Bachelor on Building Environment and Facility Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. 2006
  • Master on Heating, Gas Supplying, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. 2008
  • PhD on Civil Engineering (Architectural Engineering), Purdue University, USA. 2015

Professional Experience: 

Zhidan Zhao Joined in Qatar Energy and Environmental Institute in December 2014 to work on a green building project: Semantic analysis and machine learning for human-centered and value-sensitive improvement of building energy efficiency. During her years in Purdue University as a PhD student, her research focused on the research topic of physical based inverse modeling for DX systems that are used in residential and commercial buildings and also on the topic of deep retrofit solution analysis for existing heavy and light commercial buildings. Before enrolled in Purdue University, she spent two years as a research assistant in University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During the time, she worked on the building energy audit technology and Continuous Commissioning projects for existing building energy systems.

Awards: 

  • Ross Fellowship 2009

Selected Publications: 

  • Zhao, Zhidan and Horton, W. Travis. “Semi-Empirical Inverse Model for DX Unit Performance in Residential Buildings.” International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference. West Lafayette: Purdue University, 2012
  • Zhao, Zhidan and Horton, W. Travis.  “Semi-Empirical Inverse Modeling of a Direct Expansion A/C Unit in Residential Buildings Part 1: Model Development” International journal of refrigerant, 2015, submitted
  • Zhao, Zhidan and Horton, W. Travis.  “Semi-Empirical Inverse Modeling of a Direct Expansion A/C Unit in Residential Buildings Part 2: Model Validation” International journal of refrigerant, 2015, submitted