Project Scientist



Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

Fred S. Bauman, PE, is a Project Scientist at the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. He received an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a BS in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College. His research interests include advanced low-energy HVAC systems, such as radiant, underfloor air distribution (UFAD), displacement ventilation (DV), and personal comfort systems (PCS), as well as room air distribution, thermal comfort, building energy use, ventilation and indoor air quality, laboratory and field measurement methods, and natural ventilation. Fred is currently leading CBE’s research program on advanced integrated systems with a focus on radiant slab cooling (thermally activated building systems, TABS). He is the Principal Investigator for a $3M, 4-year research grant starting in the summer of 2015 funded by California’s EPIC Program, “Optimizing Radiant Systems for Energy Efficiency and Comfort.”

Fred previously led the development of CBE’s world renowned research program on underfloor air distribution. Fred was the author of the first Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD) Design Guide, published by ASHRAE in 2003, and was a lead contributing author, as a voting member of ASHRAE TRG7-UFAD, of the newly revised UFAD Guide, published by ASHRAE in 2013. He has written more than 60 technical articles on UFAD, DV, PCS, and radiant systems. He is an active member of ASHRAE, having served as Chair of TC 5.3 (Room Air Distribution), 1995-97, and Chair of SPC 113-1990 (Method of Testing for Room Air Diffusion), 1995-2002. He received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 1997.