Nicole Lantonio

Nicole Lantonio

Researcher III-Mechanical Engineering


Nicole joined the Residential Buildings Research Group at NREL in 2023. She is currently involved in residential laboratory work related to smart home connected devices. In addition, her areas of research include both residential and commercial heat pumps and heat pump water heating equipment.

Before joining NREL, Nicole was a master’s student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied architectural engineering. Her research focused on modeling and optimization of electrochromic windows. Prior to her master’s, Nicole worked as a senior program engineer at the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute specializing in certification testing and standards for heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment.

Research Interests

Cold climate heat pumps

Smart home connected equipment and demand response

Vehicle-to-grid integration


M.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Featured Work

Simultaneous Design and Control Optimization of Smart Glazed WindowsApplied Energy (2022)