Richard Perez is a Research Professor at the University at Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, where he directs applied research and teaches in the fields of solar radiation, and solar energy applications, and daylighting. He holds a Master and a Doctorate in Atmospheric Sciences (University of Paris and SUNY-Albany) and an Undergraduate Degree in Electrotechnics (University of Nice, France). Two of his noted contributions to the field of solar energy are:
Perez sits on the Advisory Board of the GW Solar Insititute at GW University in Washington, DC, and has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society. He has produced over 200 journal articles, conference papers and technical reports and holds two US patents on methods of load management using photovoltaics. He has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE, Best Published Article from ISES, the ASEShighest award: the Charles Greeley Abbot Award and the 2008 First International Building and Daylight Award from the Villum Kann Rasmussen Fonden (Velux Foundation, Copenhagen Denmark).
The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) was established on February 16, 1961, by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, as a university wide center for the specific purpose to promote and encourage programs in basic and applied sciences especially as they related to the atmospheric environment. The Center encourages participation by faculty and students of all units of the State University and by all appropriate industrial, governmental and educational groups in the development and execution of its research programs.
The Center performs world-class research to study the physical and chemical nature of the atmosphere and to apply that knowledge to study the interaction of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes impacting our environment. In the performance of these research activities the Center serves to enhance the scientific capacity and infrastructure of New York State, through technology transfer and collaboration with state, federal and industrial partners, to advance the quality of life and economic well being of its citizens.