Lester Shen

Senior Research Engineer

As Director of Innovative Technologies, Lester’s role is to keep abreast of the latest technology and energy efficiency trends and advances that can inform and enhance the development and delivery of current and future CEE projects. He also serves as a technical and program advisor to CEE projects and services and has been working on projects dealing with the residential and industrial energy efficiency.

Lester joined the Center for Energy and Environment in July 2008.  Prior experience includes being the Associate Dean of the BS:Visualization Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Research Associate with the University of Minnesota’s Underground Space Center.  His work includes analysis of building foundation heat loss and weatherization program delivery of low-income weatherization programs.

Lester has a B.S. in Chemistry from Haverford College, an M.S.M.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.



Certified in TWI Job Instruction and Job Methods.



Labs, K., J.C. Carmody, R.L. Sterling, L.S. Shen, Y.J Huang, and D.S. Parker, Building Foundation Design Handbook, Minneapolis, MN: Underground Space Center, University of Minnesota, 1988.

Shen, L.S., J. Poliakova, and Y.J. Huang, "Calculation of building foundation heat loss using superposition and numerical scaling", ASHRAE Transactions, vol. 94, part 2, pp. 917-935, 1988.

Dutt, G., G. Nelson, B. Esposito, L. Gill, R. de Kieffer, J. Fitzgerald, D. Gruber, K. Gruber, M. Blasnik, M.S. Lobenstein, R. Nevitt, D. Drake, and L. Shen, MWX90:  Minnesota Low-Income Weatherization Procedure for the 1990's, Underground Space Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, December 1993.

Center for Global Environmental Education, Hamline University, served as Associate Producer.  “Waters to the Sea,” interactive CD-ROM developed for the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, 1999.

Nelson, C., N. Crane-Smith, K. MacLaury, and L.S. Shen, " Incorporating Behavioral Techniques into a Comprehensive Residential Program Model: The Community Energy Services Approach", 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Panel 7-Human and Social Dimensions of Energy Use: Trends and Their Implications, paper 756, 2010.


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