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Adams Rackes

Adams Rackes

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (GRFP) 2014-17
Fulbright Student Scholar
to Brazil 2014-15

Architectural Engineering BS/PhD Candidate, Honors


Adams Rackes is a Ph.D. candidate in Architectural Engineering. His current research focuses on using machine learning and optimization techniques to improve the control of ventilation in commercial buildings, in order to both save energy and improve indoor air quality. This work combines many of his interests, including energy efficiency of buildings, indoor air processes and impacts, simulation and modeling, building mechanical systems and automation, and optimal estimation and control. He has also worked on designing intelligent networks for indoor air monitoring with low-cost sensors; assessing ventilation strategy impacts on health, economic and energy endpoints; and statistically characterizing physical, thermal, and indoor air parameters in the built environment.

Adams received a BS in Architectural Engineering from Drexel in June 2012. He also holds a BA in History and and Literature from Harvard University. He is an Engineer-in-Training.

Faculty mentor: Dr. Michael S. Waring

Read Adams' interview about his experience applying for the NSF GRFP.