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Ronald Underhill

Ronald Underhill

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Ron Underhill is a specialist with the Energy Technology Development group of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) since 2011, but has worked at PNNL since 1992. Mr. Underhill has over 35 years of experience in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) field, related primarily to application of controls. Prior to working at PNNL he worked 10 years for a Fortune 100 company where he was responsible for design, installation and startup of building automation systems in commercial buildings. This carried over to his work with PNNL's Facility & Operations department, where he first worked before joining ETD. He is currently supporting several projects for DOE and GSA. Mr. Underhill was on the PNNL team that was awarded the 2004 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.

Research Interests

  • Building retuning
  • Building diagnostics
  • Building controls and unique energy recovery processes, using existing building HVAC infrastructure systems

Education and Credentials

  • AA Spokane Community College
  • Certified Energy Manager

PNNL Publications


  • Fernandez N, S Katipamula, and RM Underhill. 2017. "Optimizing Control of Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems with Energy Recovery in Commercial Buildings." Journal of Energy Engineering 143(1):, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EY.1943-7897.0000368
  • Katipamula S, CD Corbin, JN Haack, H Hao, W Kim, DJ Hostick, BA Akyol, CH Allwardt, BJ Carpenter, S Huang, G Liu, RG Lutes, A Makhmalbaf, VV Mendon, H Ngo, S Somasundaram, RM Underhill, and M Zhao. 2017. Transactive Campus Energy Systems: Final ReportPNNL-26866, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Katipamula S, W Wang, H Ngo, and RM Underhill. 2017. Field Evaluation of the Performance of the RTU Challenge Unit: Daikin RebelPNNL-26279, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 







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