David Denkenberger, PhD, PE

D Denkenberger

Background and Research Interests

Dr. Denkenberger is an assistant professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He spent 5 years in energy efficiency consulting and 3 years teaching at Tennessee State University. His current research involves a new type of heat exchanger he patented that can be used to increase energy efficiency and make renewable energy more competitive. He also works on resilience to disasters.


ME 414 - HVAC Systems Optimization


  • Ph.D. in Civil (actually Architectural) Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010
  • M.S.E. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2005
  • B.S. in Engineering Science, Pennsylvania State University, 2002


He has ~90 publications (~1200 citations, h-index = 15), including the book Feeding Everyone No Matter What. His work has been featured in >20 countries, over 200 articles, including Science. He has given over 90 technical presentations, including ones at Princeton University, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Sandia National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Cornell University, Imperial College, University of Cambridge, and University of Oxford.

Awards and Honors

  • National Merit Scholarship
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Penn State distinguished alumnus
  • Registered professional engineer