Jacob DeWeese

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Research Programmer
Pittsburgh Office


B.S. in energy engineering, Penn State University


Jacob DeWeese is a research programmer at the RAND Corporation where his work focuses on energy infrastructure and systems analysis, modeling and simulation, and cost analysis. Prior to joining RAND, DeWeese earned his Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. During his time in school, DeWeese conducted research on ecological assessment of ground-mounted photovoltaic systems through use of crop models, as well as PV system design for commercial clients. He also worked on forecasting locational marginal price data in the State College area to inform operation of a proposed 5 MW energy storage system. Since joining RAND in June 2017, DeWeese has worked on several studies for the Navy and DHS. He conducted financial feasibility assessments for large scale photovoltaic systems. DeWeese also built thermal models to test the performance of remote facilities in arid climates, and integrated passive cooling techniques to meet the demands of these buildings. He has worked on agent-based models that simulated sensor system detection, identification, and tracking performance along coastal regions to combat smuggling and aid in search and rescue efforts. DeWeese has also assisted technology foraging projects that have addressed DHS gaps over the past year. DeWeese is a certified Cost Estimator/Analyst and has contributed to several project cost validations related to public buildings and electric utilities for FEMA in response to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.