Melissa Voss Lapsa

Deputy Director

Melissa Voss Lapsa is a group leader for the Whole-Building and Community Integration (WBCI) group in the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The BTRIC user facility is the premier U.S. research facility devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings. WBCI works with partners to provide system level data analysis including energy modeling and visualization. Recently, the team developed “autotune” software to make it quicker, easier, and cheaper to model energy use of buildings.

She also leads ORNL’s Sustainable Campus Initiative, whose goal is to integrate energy and resource efficiency, cutting-edge technologies, operational and business processes, and institutional behavior to achieve sustainability at work, home, and in the community. For example, she led ORNL’s portion of a Department of Energy project to install 125 solar-assisted electric vehicle charging stations across Tennessee in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Electric Power Research Institute, Nissan North America, and the State of Tennessee.