College of Engineering

Research Area(s)

  • Moisture transfer in buildings
  • Air-to-air energy recovery
  • Heat and mass transfer in porous media
  • Frosting and fouling of heat exchangers

Research Group(s)

Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Sciences and Energy


Education and Experience

Professor Simonson became an Assistant Professor in 2001, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003, received tenure in 2005 and was promoted to Professor in 2007. In 2007/08 and 2014/15 he was a Visiting Professor (sabbatical leave) at the Mass and Heat Transfer Process Laboratory, Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. Prior to becoming a faculty member at the U of S, he spent 4 years at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) as a research scientist, postdoctoral fellow and senior research scientist. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Building Physics and a corresponding member on ASHRAE TC 5.5 "Air-to-Air Energy Recovery".

Teaching Interests

Professor Simonson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in heat transfer, mass transfer and HVAC.

Research Interests

Professor Simonson's research area is heat and moisture in (1) air-to-air energy exchangers, (2) HVAC systems, and (3) hygroscopic building materials. He maintains an NSERC funded research program that includes collaboration with national and international researchers and local industry (e.g., SNEBRN, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and the University of Oulu in Finland). His research results are widely published in peer-reviewed journals and books (over 100 papers and book chapters) and conferences (over 70 papers). This research is important because people in developed countries spend up to 90% of their time in buildings and buildings account for 30% to 40% of national energy consumption in these countries.