Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology, FL 1991
Dr. Muthusamy V. Swami is Program Director, Simulation Software Development at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). He has been with the center since 1983 and leads the analytical research and software capability development for over 22 years. His primary area of research is the development of accurate simulation models and detailed analyses of phase change, air flows, heat, mass and contaminant transport relating to building energy use and indoor air quality. This includes developing detailed computer models from the governing equations using advanced numerical methods, developing the numerical algorithms, experimental and analytical verification and analyses. The result of these efforts is a nationally recognized analysis tool, called the F lorida S oftware for E nervironmental C omputation (FSEC 3.0) that has and is being used for research in new and innovative building technologies. In projects he managed for the Florida Radon Research Program (FRRP), he oversaw the development of enhanced capabilities for modeling radon entry and dispersal in residential and commercial buildings and analyzed residential and non-residential buildings for indoor radon levels. His buildings-related research has addressed radon entry, transport and dispersal, radiant energy transfer, pressure coefficient correlations for natural ventilation, and combined thermal and moisture storage, energy code development/update and compliance and rating software development.
He has mastery in the state-of-the-art of software development - both, scientific and business software. Areas of expertise include design of database, software architecture, prototyping, development, testing, and distribution, using the latest development platforms and data access tools. He is presently managing the development of energy code, rating, analysis and registration application software using state-of-the-art development and database tools for the state of Florida.
As part of the US Navy's Immune Building Toolkit (IBTK) program, his recent work include projects for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWDD) funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in developing translations from IFC-compatible CAD building models to NIST's contaminant analysis model - CONTAM. Dr. Swami has numerous publications in his areas of expertise and has been a project manager or team lead on externally sponsored research projects valued at several million dollars.