Natascha S. Milesi-Ferretti 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).
Natascha originally joinged the Division as a mechanical engineer within the Mechanical Systems and controls group in 1995. She was actively involved in the NIST Appliance Program—a congressionally-mandated program conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy. She led the test procedure development and maintenance for dishwashers, clothes dryers, clothes washers, and smart appliances. She subsequently directed the team of engineers and technicians that developed testing and rating procedures for residential air conditioners, heat pumps, and numerous other residential appliances. Natascha has extensive experience conducting laboratory tests and works with both national and international stakeholders and standards-making organizations.
Her current research is in two areas: 1) on building commissioning for improved energy performance and 2) establishing the measurement science to better understand premise plumbing in buildings. She has worked on several projects in the areas of building commissioning and fault detection and diagnostics, including two International Energy Agency research projects- one of which she led. She is a creator of the HVAC-Cx software to enable both on-going performance monitoring of heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment. Natascha is currently leading an exploratory project to quantify the pressure vs flow relationship in premise plumbing
Natascha Milesi Ferretti is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). She currently serves as a member of the Research Advisory Committee and Chair of the Research Advisory Subcommittee. She is past Chair of ASHRAE TC 7.5 Smart Building Systems. Natascha has served as a voting member of Guideline Project Committee 1.2, and is a corresponding member of Building Commissioning (TC 7.9).