LBL's Arasteh Passes Away

February 6, 2012
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Dariush Arasteh, a leading researcher in energy efficient window technologies at Lawrence Berkeley National Laborary, passed away February 3 after an eight-year bout with cancer.  Active in the formation of the National Fenestration Rating Council and its earliest window rating methods, Arasteh has served as a staff scientist, principal investigator and deputy group leader at LBNL’s Building Technologies Department.

 
Friends at the government research lab have created a website in his honor.  According to the site, he joined LBNL in 1982, and has been involved in all aspects of research on energy-efficient windows, with a focus on the development and experimental analysis of highly insulating “superwindows,” creating a suite of computer tools to analyze window heat transfer, leading industry to develop a rating system for the thermal performance of windows.
 
The windows research led to other innovations such as the development, patenting and licensing of gas-filled panel insulation. He initiated collaborative projects with campus, with industry and with international research teams and authored over a 100 papers and articles in the field of energy efficiency in buildings.
 
Steve Selkowitz, who originally hired Arasteh at LBNL, described him as “close to the ideal fit for what I would call the ‘challenging EETD paradigm’--one who not only does ‘good science,’ but is also understood, respected and has a major impact in the business world.”  Selkowitz also says that “Dariush was a friendly, generous and helpful mentor to junior staff, and a thoughtful and dependable colleague and collaborator with the Department leadership. And his actions were almost always accompanied by softspoken humor, wit and a disarming smile.”
 
Since 1982, Dariush was involved in all aspects of research on energy-efficient windows at LBNL, with a focus on the development and experimental analysis of highly insulating “superwindows,” creating a suite of computer tools to analyze window heat transfer, leading industry to develop a rating system for the thermal performance of windows. The windows research led to other innovations such as the development, patenting and licensing of gas-filled panel insulation. He initiated collaborative projects with campus, with industry and with international research teams. 
 

The website includes a guestbook where visitors can add memories and thoughts for Arasteh's family and read the comments from his friends, family and colleagues.