Joe W Hagerman

Section Head, Building Technologies Research

Joseph Hagerman, Joe, received his Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University (MSU). Upon graduating, Joe joined MSU as a lecturer instructing architecture design studios, engaging in building research, and leading community design initiatives throughout MS and the Delta. Joe attempted, unsuccessfully, to save Fielder’s Pharmacy (on Fifth Street, Meridian, MS) home to Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner during the Freedom Summer (depicted in “Mississippi Burning”).

Joe received a Master’s in Civil Engineering at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University in New York City. His academic work focused on engineering mechanics (in cellular mechanics and the utilization of combustion fly ash in concrete). While at Columbia, Joe worked for Steven Winter Associates in South Norwalk, CT where he focused on building materials/product development. Joe received the 2005 Metropolis Next Generation Award and the 2005-2006 Rafael Viñoly Fellow from Rafael Viñoly Architects, NYC.

Upon graduating Columbia, Joe became the project manager for the Building Technologies Group at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) where he conducted research in new building technologies while demonstrating these technologies in the public sector (under the direction of Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld and Dr. Henry Kelly). Joe’s efforts helped address environmental and energy injustices in energy-efficient, affordable construction. FAS is an DC based advocacy organization with the intent of using science and scientific analysis to attempt to make the world more secure through the public promotion of science – and the freedom/integrity of scientific research. FAS was founded in 1945 by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project and currently includes over 60 Nobel laureates on its Board of Sponsors.

Starting in 2009, Joe served the Assistant Secretary of DOE Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Office (EERE), Cathy Zoi, as a senior technical advisor. At EERE, he focused on building energy efficiency and new building technology development. He led DOE initiatives in smart buildings, transactive energy & transactive controls, and building-to-grid research. Concurrently, Joe had oversight for various negotiated federal regulatory and related new initiatives -- including all activities related to emerging topics such as connected equipment, building cybersecurity, interoperability, and equipment characterization. He also directed the Building Innovators Program, which awarded innovative graduate student teams to develop market-based technology solutions.  Joe was the recipient of 2016 DOE Secretary Honor Award (for work on Appliance Standards to meet the Climate Action Plan) and 2010 & 2014 DOE Distinguished Service Award.

Joe joins ORNL from National Rural Electric Cooperative Association as NRECA’s Deputy Chief Scientist. At NRECA, he managed NRECA’s federal research program (with funding from DOD and DOE) and research staff who develop new research offerings for NRECA members at, primarily, the Utility Distribution Level to include cybersecurity, modeling, distributed controls, and application of transactive energy concepts. Joe also worked to position NRECA and its members with federal clients and serves as the primary contact to DOE national labs and outside research groups.

Mr. Hagerman has also held positions with Booz Allen Hamilton, an American management and information technology consulting firm, and ICF International Inc, a global consulting and technology services company.