Neal is the Vice President of Big Ladder Software in Denver where he develops software tools to aid architects and engineers in the design and analysis of energy efficient buildings. He works closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of California in developing software that can help inform the energy design of buildings.
Neal has dedicated his education and career to help find solutions to local, national, and global energy resources. He has a PhD in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His Program focused specifically on building energy systems: HVAC, lighting, heat loss, and the interface to the larger electrical grid -- including renewable energy systems. Prior to working at Big Ladder, Neal worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory doing research and developing software to help design cost effective, energy efficient homes. He also worked with NREL's grid integration group in support of the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study, which analyzed the impact that large scale solar and wind generation will have on the across the grid interconnecting the western United States.
Neal is a volunteer member of a technical committee at ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers) where he works with industry members to help write new industry standards and educational material. He is also a board member of IBPSA-USA (the USA chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association).