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Phoebe Crisman

Professor, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University;
M.A., History, University of Maryland
M.E., Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia
Ph.D., Education, University of Chicago

P. Paxton Marshall, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is active in energy and sustainability research and teaching.  He was engineering director for the UVA solar house project, an energy independent house designed and built by students.  The house placed second overall, and first in the Design and Livability and Energy Balance categories, in the 2002 DOE Solar Decathlon.   Marshall is engineering director of ecoMOD, a collaborative project of the UVA schools of architecture and engineering to research and design / build / evaluate ecological, modular and affordable house prototypes.  The six units produced to date have incorporated photovoltaic electric power, solar water heating, geothermal heat pumps and other renewable technologies. He and his students have developed an energy monitoring system to evaluate the energy performance of the houses. 

Marshall is engineering director of the Learning Barge project, developed in the School of Architecture, which designed and built a floating environmental classroom for the Elizabeth River.  The barge is powered by photovoltaic and wind generators and heated by a solar thermal system. 

Marshall is the former Chair of the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division and the Engineering and Public Policy Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.  Marshall’s classes have worked with UVA Facilities Management on energy assessment projects which resulted in UVA being designated as EPA Green lights and Energy Star Partners of the Year.   Marshall developed and teaches classes on “Global Sustainability” , “Engineering in Community Settings”, “Developing Community-based Projects”,  and “Commercial Building Energy Systems”.  He is a member of the governance board of the Charlottesville VA non-profit Local Energy Alliance Program. Marshall’s research focuses on monitoring and control for demand response in smart grid applications.

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