Michael A. Galler is a mechanical engineer in the Mechanical Systems and Controls Group of the Energy and Environment Division (EED) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Mr. Galler is currently working for the Mechanical Systems & Controls Group on the Commissioning Building Systems for Improved Energy Performance project, where his duties include expanding and improving the VirtualCybernetic Building Testbed (VCBT), the HVAC-Cx commissioning software, the Functional Performance Test Module, the HVACSIM+ simulation program, the BACnet Data Source (BDS), and the BACnet Communications DLL (BCD). Mr. Galler previously supported the Visual Test Shell (VTS) and BISACS projects. Mr. Galler is the Principal Investigator for the VCBT project, and is founder of the ASHRAE MTG for Cybersecurity, past Chair of ASHRAE TC 1.5, and a voting member of TC 7.5 and SGPC 36. Mr. Galler was involved in the Appliance Program, where he had direct involvement in test procedure development for clothes washers.
Mr. Galler previously worked in the Organic Materials group of BFRL, where his work included a computer model of the photolytic degradation of polymers and the preparation of reflectance samples of varying roughness.
Mr. Galler earned a Masters Degree in Materials Science at the University of Maryland at College Park under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Al-Sheikhly. His Masters thesis concerned the 3-D modeling of the settling and packing of ellipsoids, a topic of relevance to many fields of study.