Roderick Jackson
LABORATORY PROGRAM MANAGER – BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES R&D

Dr. Roderick Jackson is the laboratory program manager for buildings-related research at NREL. He works closely with senior laboratory management to set the strategic agenda for NREL’s buildings portfolio, including all research, development, and market implementation activities, which aim to improve the energy efficiency of building materials and practices. He also guides discussions with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office to expand research related to buildings-to-grid, as well as mechanical and thermal properties of building materials to enhance heat transfer. He also helps identify industry partnership opportunities to develop building envelope and equipment technologies.

Jackson comes to NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he was the group manager for Building Envelope Systems Research.

One of Jackson’s most notable industry accomplishments is a result of his role as the technical lead for the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration project at ORNL. With Jackson’s leadership, AMIE brought together experts from multiple research teams across the lab, 20 partners from industry, and DOE scientists to design, develop, and demonstrate a 3D-printed house that shares power wirelessly with a 3D-printed electric vehicle. The first-of-its-kind project was completed in just nine months.

Jackson is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and has received several awards in his career, including the National GEM Consortium Alumni of the Year and Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

Research Interests
Energy transfer and storage in building materials and systems
Building, renewables, and grid integrated energy systems

Education
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology