is an experimental solid state physicist with applied research Interests.
(You might say he has the heart of an engineer and the head of a physicist.)
His past research looked at materials and electronic properties of metallic
nano-wires, MOSFETs, and copper-indium-diselenide (CIS) solar cells.
research interests are broadly associated with energy -- energy in buildings,
energy efficiency, wind and photovoltaic power, and energy policy. He
has conducted detailed studies of energy consumption performance of two
green buildings, the Leslie
Shao-ming Sun Field Station on the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
and Oberlin College's Adam
Joseph Lewis Center. In 2007-8 he worked on the American
Physical Society's Energy
Efficiency Study and is a co-author of the final
report. He has recently completed a study
of energy consumption by LEED commercial buildings in which he concludes
LEED certification is yielding no significant reduction in GHG emissions
associated with commercial buildings.
research papers may be found on Scofield's CV. A
paper describing his work
at Jasper Ridge may be found elsewhere on the Oberlin College website.
- Energy Technology
- Elementary Physics I
- Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (Lab)
- Modern Physics (Lab)
- Environmental Physics
- Statistical Mechanics
and Occasional Pieces
Scofield and Gabriel Richman, “Results
of validation tests applied to seven ENERGY STAR building models,”
2015 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Long Beach,
CA, August 11-13, 2015.
video of Presentation slides
with audio for IEPEC presentation. Pdf-file with presentation
STAR building benchmarking scores: good idea, bad science,” 2014
ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove,
CA, August 17-22, 2014.
video of Presentation
slides with audio for ACEEE presentation.
and Rob Owen perform "First
and Second Laws [of Thermodynamics]" by Flanders and Swann
for the PHYS-111 Electricity and Magnetism and Thermodynamcis class
on May 7, 2014.
of LEED-certification in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse
gas emission for large New York City office buildings," Energy
and Buildings vol. 67 (Dec. 2013).
evidence LEED building certification
is saving primary energy," APS News, The Back Page, July 2013.
paler shade of green," HPAC Engineering, January 10, 2013.
before the House House of Representatives on "The
Science behind green building rating systems."
for IEPEC presentation, "A
re-examination of the NBI LEED Building Energy Consumption Study,"
Aug. 14, 2009, Portland, OR. (See CV for copy of
6, 2003, An energy monitoring system for Stanford University's Leslie
Shao-ming Sun Field Station.
2002 -- One scientist's perspective on the Lewis Center, Oberlin
College Alumni Magazine
my blog The Pragmatic Steward
monitoring for the Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station on the Jasper
Ridge Biological Preserve at Stanford.
and Buildings Author Site
Spear Point Solar One
Lecture Demonstration Catalog