Ben Saarloos

Engineering Instructor/Lab Systems Engineer


B.S. Engineering, Dordt University, 1999
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2002
Ph.D. Systems Engineering, Colorado State University, 2022


I have twelve years of industry experience working with personal cooling, miniature refrigeration, evaporative spray cooling, thermal management, and thermal energy storage technologies. I also have a life-long interest in renewable energy, which I was able to study more in depth in my dissertation entitled “Renewable Energy in Community: Economic Impacts of the Grid” including a couple open access published papers linked below.

Achieving Optimal Value of Solar: A Municipal Utility Rate Analysis

Net-Zero Energy Districts and the Grid: An Energy-Economic Feasibility Case-Study of the National Western Center in Denver, CO, USA