David Yuill, PhD, PE

David Yuill
Contact Information:
PKI 104E
Scott Campus (Omaha)
(402) 554-4176

Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering
Courtesy appointment in Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.A.E., Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska
  • B.S., Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska
Recruiting new Ph.D. students

I am always seeking motivated students to join my research group and pursue a Ph.D. We are a busy group with a diverse set of research activities (see our research group page). If you are highly motivated, a good communicator, with a background in mechanical engineering (or architectural engineering with mechanical focus) and strong technical skills, contact me to see whether you might be a good fit. Include your GRE (and TOEFL if not a native English speaker) scores in your email.

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • High performance sustainable buildings
  • Energy conservation through smart buildings
  • Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD) in HVAC systems
  • Performance of FDD
  • HVAC Controls
  • Ventilation and indoor air quality
  • Smart Building Technology
  • Building energy modeling
Research Profiles:
Courses Taught
About David Yuill

David Yuill joined the faculty of the Durham School in 2014. He previously spent several years in industry, doing retro-commissioning, HVAC system design, and research.



Professional Organization Activity

  • Chair, ASHRAE Handbook Committee, 2017-2018
  • Chair, ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals Committee, 2013-2017
  • Member, ASHRAE Handbook Committee, 2007-2018
  • Member, ASHRAE Technical Committees (recurring, 2004-present):

TC 1.2 – Instruments and Measurements 
TC 6.6 – Service Water Heating
TC 7.5 – Smart Building Systems (Current Vice Chair)

  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standards Project Committees:

Vice-chair, Guideline 2 – Engineering Analysis of Experimental Data, 2009-2010
Vice-chair, Standard 207p – Laboratory Method of Test of Fault Detection and Diagnostics Applied to Commercial Air-Cooled Packaged Systems, 2012-present
Member, Standard 41.3 – Standard Methods for Pressure Measurement, 2006-2014

Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Mechanical Engineering

Research Projects:

  • Evaluation of Fault Prevalence in Commercial Buildings
  • A Field Study to Characterize Fault Prevalence in Residential Comfort Systems
  • Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Residential HVAC Systems
  • Heat Pump Grain Storage System Development and Demonstration
  • Investigation of Airside Fouling of Outdoor Heat Exchangers
  • Fault Detection and Diagnosis (FDD) Methods for Supermarkets
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Currently Utilized Diagnostic Protocols
  • Development of an Evaluation System for Fault Detection and Diagnosis Tools Applied to Vapor Compression Air-Conditioning Systems
  • Test Methods for Evaluating Fault Detection and Diagnostic Systems
  • Diagnostic Protocol Evaluator
  • Development of an Accurate Feed-Forward Temperature Control Tankless Water Heater
  • Multiple Space Effects on Ventilation Efficiency in Standard 62.1 
  • A Validation Study of the Air-Handling System Models in EnergyPlus
  • Western Power Grid Peak Demand Reduction Program
  • Development of a Fan Airflow Station
  • Immune Buildings
  • Improvement of Laboratory Exhaust Fan Systems 
  • Development of a Field Procedure to Measure the Airtightness of Wall Construction Elements in Houses
  • A study of Radon Concentrations in Residential Sewer Connections
  • A Study of Radon Concentrations in Rural Manitoba
  • Investigation of Indoor Air Quality, Air Infiltration Rates and Air Tightness of a 78-House Sample

Honors and Awards
  • 2019 ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award
  • 2018 College of Engineering Faculty Service Award
  • 2017 UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Architectural Engineering 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award 
  • 2016 ASHRAE New Investigator Award
  • ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award
  • Architectural Engineering 2008 Teaching Award
  • Student Paper Competition, 2nd Place – International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference 2012
  • ASHRAE Graduate Fellowship
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior 2001 – University of Nebraska
  • Dean’s List – University of Nebraska
  • Chancellor’s List – University of Nebraska
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Selected Publications

Reviewed Articles:

Book Chapters:

  • Yuill, D.P., 2016, Evaluating the Performance of Automated Fault Detection and Diagnosis Tools, in Q. Zhang, S.E. Li, and K. Deng (eds.), Automotive Air Conditioning. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.
  • Yuill, D.P. and J.E. Braun, 2015, Evaluating performance of FDD for unitary systems, in B. Capehart and M. Brambley (eds.), Automated Diagnostics for Facility Equipment, Systems and Whole Buildings, Fairmont Press, Lilburn, GA.
  • 2013 ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, contributor to Chapter 16 – Ventilation and Infiltration and to Chapter 36 – Measurement and Instruments. ASHRAE, Atlanta, GA. 
  • 2009 ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, contributor to Chapter 36 – Measurement and Instruments, ASHRAE, Atlanta, GA.