Zander Thiele
Zander (Alexander) Thiele, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Mechanical Engineering
Los Angeles

Dr. Thiele’s areas of expertise include heat transfer, thermodynamics, energy-efficient buildings, finite element analysis (FEA), energy market strategy, organizational behavior, and negotiation. At Exponent, he has assisted clients by analyzing mechanical systems of residential and commercial buildings, conducting site inspections, providing technical support to construction claims, and performing thermal modeling of building envelopes.

Prior joining Exponent, Dr. Thiele was a graduate student researcher in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA. Dr. Thiele applied his heat transfer expertise to the development of Phase Change Material (PCM) composite walls for Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. He used FEA simulations to establish performance metrics describing the energy and cost savings benefits of PCM-composite walls and to identify design rules to maximize those benefits. In addition, he developed a novel numerical method to incorporate PCM-composites as a material option within a user-friendly building energy analysis tool developed at UCLA for non-expert building designers.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 2012,

    summa cum laude

  • Finalist, UCLA GradSlam 3-minute research pitch competition, 2016

    UCLA Departmental Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2014

    Boeing Scholar, 2011-2012

    Most Outstanding Sophomore Male Mechanical Engineering Student, 2010

    WSU Department of Engineering Dean’s Merit Scholarship, 2008-2012

Publications

Thiele AM, Liggett RS, Sant G, Pilon L. Simple thermal evaluation of building envelopes containing phase change mamterials using a modified admittance method. Energy and Buildings 2017; 145:238-250.

Ricklefs A, Thiele AM, Falzone G, Sant G, Pilon L. Thermal conductivity of cementitious composites containing microencapsulated phase change materials. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 2017; 104:71-82.

Thiele AM, Wei Z, Falzone G, Young BA, Sant G, Pilon L. Figure of merit for the thermal performance of cementitious composites containing phase change materials. Cement and Concrete Composites 2016; 65:214-226.

Young BA, Fujii AMK, Thiele AM, Kumar A, Sant G, Taciroglu E, Pilon L. Effective elastic moduli of core-shell-matrix composites. Mechanics of Materials 2016; 92:94-106.

Thiele AM, Jamet A, Sant G, Pilon L. Annual energy analysis of concrete containing phase change materials for building envelopes. Energy Conversion and Management 2015; 103:374-386.

Thiele AM, Sant G, Pilon L, Diurnal thermal analysis of microencapsulated PCM-concrete composite walls. Energy Conversion and Management 2015; 93:215-227.

Thiele AM, Kumar A, Sant G, Pilon L. Effective thermal conductivity of three-component composites containing spherical capsules. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 2014; 73:177-185.

Wang A, Thiele A, Pilon L. Simulations of cyclic voltammetry for electric double layers in asymmetric electrolytes: A generalized modified Poisson-Nernst-Planck model. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013; 117:18286-18279.

Presentations


Thiele A. Phase change materials for energy-efficient buildings. UCLA GradSlam, 2016, https://youtu.be/z0ceLc-dUUs

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2016
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 2012,

    summa cum laude

  • Finalist, UCLA GradSlam 3-minute research pitch competition, 2016

    UCLA Departmental Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2014

    Boeing Scholar, 2011-2012

    Most Outstanding Sophomore Male Mechanical Engineering Student, 2010

    WSU Department of Engineering Dean’s Merit Scholarship, 2008-2012