John H. Scofield

A.B., Univ. of Michigan--Flint, 1978
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1985
AT&T Bell Labs, 85-87

Department of Physics & Astronomy 
210 Wright Laboratory
Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Phone: (440) 775-8333


Current Office Hours


Scofield 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.

His current 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.

Selected 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.


PHYS-068 - Energy Science & Technology

PHYS-103 - Elementary Physics I

PHYS-104 - Elementary Physics II

PHYS-111 - Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS-212 - Modern Physics

PHYS-268 - Environmental Physics

PHYS-311 - Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism

PHYS-312 - Intermediate Quantum Mechanics

PHYS-314 - Intermediate Laboratory

PHYS-410 - Statistical Mechanics

PHYS-414 - Advanced Laboratory

Presentations and Occasional Pieces

John H. 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.

YouTube video of Presentation slides with audio for IEPEC presentation. Pdf-file with presentation slides.

John H. Scofield, "Are U.S. Green Buildings really saving energy? The facts may surprise you," in BRINK News, June 10, 2015.

John H. Scofield, ENERGY STAR building benchmarking scores: good idea, bad science, 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA, August 17-22, 2014.

YouTube video of Presentation slides with audio for ACEEE presentation.

John Scofield 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.

"Efficacy 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).

"No evidence LEED building certification is saving primary energy," APS News, The Back Page, July 2013.

"A paler shade of green," HPAC Engineering, January 10, 2013.

Testimony before the House House of Representatives on "The Science behind green building rating systems."

Slides for IEPEC presentation, "A re-examination of the NBI LEED Building Energy Consumption Study," Aug. 14, 2009, Portland, OR. (See CV for copy of the paper.)

November 6, 2003, An energy monitoring system for Stanford University's Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station.

Summer 2002 -- One scientist's perspective on the Lewis Center, Oberlin College Alumni Magazine

Other Links

Texas A&M GeoServices -- Address Parsing & Standardization Services

link to my blog The Pragmatic Steward

Energy monitoring for the Leslie Shao-ming Sun Field Station on the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve at Stanford.



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