Ron M Nelson

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1981
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1972
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1970

Interest Areas

  • Energy conversion and utilization
  • Environmental control
  • Thermal system optimization
  • Applied artificial intelligence

Selected Publications

  • Chen, Z., R. M. Nelson, and D. Ashlock, "Comparison of methods for predicting monthly post-retrofit energy use in buildings," accepted for publication in the ASHRAE Transactions , Summer 2003.
  • Huang, S. H. and R. M. Nelson, "Development of a Self-Tuning Fuzzy Logic Controller," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 105, Part 1, 1999, presented at ASHRAE Winter Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, January 1999.
  • Wardono, B. and R. M. Nelson, "Simulation of a Double-Effect LiBr/H2O Absorption Cooling System," ASHRAE Journal , Vol. 38, No. 10, pp. 32-38, October 1996.
  • Jang, K. J., E. B. Bartlett, and R. M. Nelson, "Measuring Retrofit Energy Savings Using Autoassociative Neural Networks," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 102, Part 2, 1996, presented at ASHRAE Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, June 1996.
  • Shams, H., R. M. Nelson, G. M. Maxwell, and C. Leonard, "Development Of A Knowledge-Based System For HVAC System Type Selection," ASHRAE Journal , Vol. 38, No. 8, pp. 165-171, August 1995.