About Nick Gayeski


Nick Gayeski is a Doctoral Candidate in the Building Technology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an A.B. in Physics from Cornell University in 2002 with a minor in Energy and the Environment. Gayeski also studied abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand where he received a Certificate of Proficiency in Energy Management. In 2007, Gayeski received a Master of Science in Building Technology from MIT for his work on an advanced video-goniophotometer to study the spectral, bi-directional properties of glazings using calibrated digital cameras. His current work focuses on energy efficient cooling systems that utilize low-lift technologies along with model-based predictive control.

While studying physics at Cornell from 1998 to 2002, Gayeski worked as a member of the Cornell Greens to convince the university to commit to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to seven percent below its 1990 levels by 2012. This included close participation in a public awareness campaign and regular meetings with the Cornell administration to develop a framework for Cornell University's public display of support for the Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

From 2002 to 2005 Gayeski worked at the Environmental Law Institute, conducting research and organizing events on a range of environmental policy issues. Particular areas of focus included controlling nonpoint source water pollution, managing state environmental compliance and enforcement programs, and using information technology for environmental policy-making and regulatory decision-making. Gayeski worked closely with the Environmental Compliance Consortium to launch and grow the annual forum on Managing Environmental Information, in conjunction with Governing magazine. In the forum's third year, 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded content development and coordinating activities for the forum.

Upon returning to the technical and scientific community addressing energy and environmental issues, Gayeski entered the Building Technology program as an advisee of Dr. Marilyne Andersen. Under Dr. Andersen's guidance Gayeski developed new methods to calibrate visible and near infrared cameras for use as spectro-radiometers for the characterization of the quasi-spectral bi-directional distribution functions of complex fenestration systems. This work has led to publications in conference proceedings such as Solar 2007 and CISBAT as well as journals such as Lighting Research and Technology and Solar Energy.

In 2008, Gayeski began work with Dr. Les Norford and Dr. Peter Armstrong of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on a project to develop and demonstrate the potential for low lift cooling technologies combined with renewable energy for dramatic cooling energy savings in hot climates. This work explores the use of variable speed chiller serving a radiant cooling system in a thermally massive building. Monitoring systems are used to gather data and identify the thermal response of a building through system identification methods. Predictions of loads are then used to optimize the control of the cooling system based on the learned thermal response of the building and a performance model of the cooling system.

Gayeski also co-founded and is principal at KGS Buildings, LLC, a building energy efficiency and alternative energy engineering and design consulting firm located in Boston, MA serving architects, owners and developers seeking to create buildings better for their clients, their tenants, the environment and the bottom line.