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Shirley Xiao

Research Engineer

Energy Efficiency


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Shirley Xiao joined ERC as an Research Engineer. She currently conducts energy assessments and generates energy savings reports for the Income Eligible Multifamily Savings (IEMS) and Public Housing Energy Savings (PHES) programs. She also has experience conducting energy assessments for a Department of Energy’s (DOE) Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), schools, and wastewater treatment plants. Previously, she worked on performing combined heat and power (CHP) feasibility assessments for industrial facilities. With experiences in various sectors in the energy efficiency field, Shirley has an innate knowledge about energy usage habits and trends in the Midwest.

Prior to joining ERC, Shirley worked as an environmental engineer focused on air permits and hazardous waste. She also has experiences in lithium ion batteries. Shirley is currently working toward her Master’s in Energy Engineering from UIC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UIC as well as the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Her interest includes self-sustainable buildings and communities, decarbonization, and renewable energy.