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Director Mark Modera is the Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency, Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering departments, and Interim Director of the Energy and Efficiency Institute. Before joining the WCEC, Mark worked at Carrier Corp., where he was a Vice-President, and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Mark was a Principal Investigator at LBNL on many research projects, and developed a new research program focused on thermal energy distribution in buildings.
While at LBNL, he developed an aerosol-based duct sealing process, and subsequently established Aeroseal, Inc. to commercialize the technology. Aeroseal’s technical success and market promise became recognized by Carrier, which bought the business in 2001 and retained Mark to help manage it. His publications span a vast range of research interests, including:
- Diagnostic tools for heat and mass transfer properties (e.g. dynamic thermal performance of buildings and components, air tightness, soil permeability)
- Air flow modeling and measurement
- Energy efficiency policy
- Simulation tools and simplified models for buildings
- Wood combustion (efficiency, pollution production, third-world cook stoves)
- Aerosol production and transport, and indoor air quality.
More recently Professor Modera developed a new aerosol sealing technology that has been licensed by UC Davis. This technology can seal buildings, ducts, airplanes, and the natural-gas infrastructure. He has filed 5 patents and has developed two new courses on HVAC and building energy efficiency at UC Davis.