Jim Braun

Herrick Professor of Engineering, Director of the Center for High Performance Buildings

Center for High Performance Buildings (CHPB), Purdue University

Jim performs research that combines the use of computer modeling, optimization, and experiments to study and improve the performance of building systems and related equipment. He directs the CHPB, which is an industry consortium that focusses on the development, demonstration, evaluation, and deployment of new technologies and analysis tools for high performance buildings.


  • Thermal systems modeling and optimization
  • Intelligent controls applied to building systems
  • Automated diagnostics


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 1989

    University of Wisconsin

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, 1980

    University of Wisconsin

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, 1976

    University of Massachusetts