Heejin Cho


Office: Carpenter 201
Phone: (662) 325-1959


Dr. Heejin Cho is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). He joined the department in the spring of 2013. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Cho worked as a research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA for three and half years. His research at PNNL primarily focused on modeling and simulation of advanced and sustainable building energy technologies, development of a whole building energy modeling and simulation tool (i.e., ErengyPlus) and development of automated diagnostics/corrections tools for building energy components. Dr. Cho earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Mississippi State University in 2005 and 2009, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation topic was titled “dynamic simulation and optimal real-time operation of CHP systems for buildings.”

Dr. Cho’s current research interests revolve around analyzing and improving advanced and sustainable energy technologies for buildings and developing optimal control algorithms for building energy systems to minimize operational costs, primary energy consumption, and air pollutants. His specialties are modeling, dynamic simulation, optimization, and uncertainty analysis of energy systems including alternative energy technologies, HVAC systems and buildings. He is proficient in energy/building simulation programs including EnergyPlus, TNRSYS, Matlab and Mathcad. He serves as reviewer for several energy/thermal science journals and is an active member of the professional organizations of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Research Interest:
• Analysis and modeling of energy efficient building energy components, integrated buildings and smart buildings
• Development of advanced control and automated diagnostics/corrections systems for building systems
• Modeling, simulation and optimization of advanced and sustainable energy systems
• Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of complex and transient systems

Selected PublicationsTotal Publications by Heejin Cho:  40 
Kim, D., Cox, S. J., Cho, H., & Im, P. (2016). Evaluation of Energy Saving Potential of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) from Variable Air Volume (VAV) in the U.S. Climate Locations. 2016 Asia Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association - ASim2016. Jeju, South Korea.

Kang, D., & Cho, H. (2016). Modeling of Central Ground-source Heat Pump System in EnergyPlus. 2016 Asia conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association - ASim2016. Jeju, South Korea.

Cox, S. J., Kim, D., & Cho, H. (2016). Model Development and Case Study of an Optimal Control Strategy of Central Ice Storage System for a District Cooling System. 2016 Asia conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association - ASim2016. Jeju, South.

Zhang, J., & Cho, H. (2016). Conceptual Design for a Smart Hybrid Vehicle to Power Smart Buildings. 2016 Int’l Conference on Advanced Automotive Technology. Gwangju, South Korea.

Schemmel, A. L., Cho, H., & Waggoner, C. (2016). Evaluating Performance of a Range of Ceramic Media Filter Elements. 34th International Nuclear Air Cleaning Conference. San Antonio, TX: ASME.