Professor of Engineering
Areas of Expertise:Climate Change, Energy Economics, Energy Efficiency, Oil, Renewables, Solar, Wind
Additional Areas of Expertise:
Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROI)
* B.S. Engineering, Calvin College, 1989.
* M.S. Engineering, University of Illinois, 1990.
* Ph.D. Engineering, Univeristy of Illinois, 1995.
* Economic growth modeling
* Impact of Energy Return on Investment (EROI) on energy prices
* Sustainable Development in the Developing World Context
* Renewable Energy Systems
* Lithium-ion battery performance modeling for space applications
* Balloon and lighter-than-air vehicle system design and optimization
* Biological analogs for robotic group behavior
* Passive trajectory control for stratospheric balloon systems
* Thermal systems optimization
* Survivable systems for planetary exploration
During his time at the University of Illinois, Dr. Heun worked as a research assistant in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC), focusing on the optimization of heat exchangers using ozone-friendly refrigerants. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Heun worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA, where he led studies and experiments related to planetary exploration with balloon systems. After working at JPL, Dr. Heun joined Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC), a start-up aerospace R&D company, as its first full-time employee.
At GAC, Dr. Heun proposed, led, and completed several projects in support of NASA’s Earth Science activities. Dr. Heun spent his 2009 sabbatical in South Africa at the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he taught and participated in sustainable energy development.
Recent Comments by Matthew Heun
- "The implication of falling oil prices for policy makers is that oil market volatility is here to stay.
Recent events show that oil markets are bala"
What Do Falling Oil Prices Mean for Policymakers?