Kristen Cetin

Dr. Kristen Cetin

Kristen Cetin

Associate Professor


Dr. Cetin is an Associate 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
Research Area
- ASCE ExCEEd Assistant Mentor, 2017-2019
- ASCE ExCEEd Fellow, 2016
- PhD, Civil and Architectural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
- MS, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2010
- BS, Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, 2009
-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.
-Mahedi, M., Cetin, B., Cetin, K.S. (2019) Freeze-Thaw Performance of Phase Change Material (PCM) Incorporated Pavement Subgrade Soil. Construction and Building Materials, 202, 449-464.
-Do, H., Cetin, K.S. (2019) Data-driven evaluation of residential HVAC system efficiency using energy and environmental data, Energies. 12(1), 188
-Sadati, S.M., Cetin, K.S., Ceylan, H, Sassani, A, Kim, S. (2018) Energy and Thermal Performance Evaluation of an Electrically Conductive Heated Pavement System Using Numerical Modeling and Field Measurements. Sustainable Cities and Society, 43, 238-250.
-Kunwar, N., Cetin, K.S., Passe, U. (2018) Dynamic Shading: A Review of Full-Scale Testing Methods and Recent Findings. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports. 5(1), 93-100.
-Li, W., Zhou, Y., Cetin, K.S., Eom, J, Wang, Y., Chen, G, Zhang, X. (2017). Modeling urban building energy use: A review of modeling approaches and procedures. Energy. 141, 2445-2457
-Im, J., Seo, Y, Cetin, K.S., Singh, J. (2017). Energy efficiency in U.S. residential rental housing: adoption rates and impact on rent. Applied Energy. 205, 1021-1033.