Professor Jorge González-Cruz is the lead scientist of the Coastal-Urban Environmental Research Group (CUERG), was recently appointed the SUNY Empire Professor at the University at Albany, and is the Presidential Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY).
He teaches and conducts research in urban energy sustainability, urban weather and climate, urban remote sensing, and regional climate modeling and analysis. Prof. González holds several patents in solar energy equipment, aerosol detection, and energy forecasting for buildings, and was recognized as a prominent young researcher by the National Science Foundation with a prestigious CAREER Award. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, has delivered hundreds of conference presentations, and his research has attracted more than $50M in external funding. He is a Fellow Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and Former Vice-Chairman of the American Meteorological Society Board on the Urban Environment.
He was appointed in 2015 by the mayor as Member of the Climate Change Panel for the City of New York, and more recently as Senior Visiting Scientist of the Beijing Institute of Urban Meteorology, Senior Scientists of Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Member of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Scientific Advisory Committee. He is the co-editor of the ASME Handbook of Integrated and Sustainable Buildings Equipment and Systems, and was named in 2019 as the Founding Editor of the newest ASME Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities.
Prof. González earned his Doctorate (1994) and Bachelor (1988) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, respectively.