Kingsley Etonwana Nweye


Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin

301 E. Dean Keeton St.

Austin, Texas 78712-1700

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and a researcher in the Intelligent Environments Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Zoltan Nagy. I also, serve as a Graduate Research Assistant for Utility and Energy Management at UT.

I am spending my Summer 2024 interning at Jacobs where I am learning about the engineering design work that goes into building thermal energy networks as well as the efforts required for campus and district master planning. It is a great opportunity to also develop my energy modeling and software development skills, while learning from the personnel at the world’s number one design firm!

My research interests include occupant-centric control of HVAC systems, energy flexibility of Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings and the use of reinforcement learning for building energy systems control towards building electrification and decarbonization. I have participated in the organization of the Reinforcement Learning for Energy Management in Buildings & Cities (RLEM) workshop at the ACM SIGEnergy BuildSys conference and have served as the Co-President of TexASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) UT Student Branch.

I was born in Ahoada but spent most of my formative years in the Garden City of Port Harcourt. I moved to the United States for college and have somewhat stuck around since then :slightly_smiling_face:. I am a sucker for good afrobeats and bashment DJ mixes on SoundCloud, and a cold pint of Guinness. You might find me building LEGOs or weightlifting when I convince myself that I have nothing left on my Trello board.