David Sailor joined Arizona State University (ASU) in 2016 as Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. He also serves as Director of the Urban Climate Research Center (https://urbanclimate.asu.edu)—a center that leverages the diverse expertise of more than 30 faculty affiliates across 7 schools at ASU to develop and implement large-scale highly-interdisciplinary projects addressing crucial atmospheric environment challenges for cities. Prior to joining ASU, Sailor was on the faculties of Tulane University (1993-2003) and Portland State University (2003-2015). He served as the Director of the South Central Regional Center of the National Institute for Global Environmental Change (NIGEC) at Tulane and was the founding Director of the Green Building Research Laboratory at Portland State. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, where he conducted research in collaboration with the Energy and Environment Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Professor Sailor's scholarly agenda focuses on the intersection of climate with the built environment. This includes investigation of feedback mechanisms between the built environment and climate with a focus on building energy consumption and renewable energy resources as well as both indoor and outdoor thermal comfort and air quality. He has worked extensively on quantifying the causes and prospects for mitigating the urban heat island effect, including investigation of innovative materials and technologies integrated into building designs and urban infrastructure. His current research projects are exploring potential for mitigating indoor and outdoor thermal environment and air quality with an emphasis on vulnerable elderly populations.
Sailor has also been quite active in several societies that focus on urban climate systems. This includes serving as chair of the American Meteorological Society's Board on the Urban Environment (2008-2011) and as secretary of the board of the International Association for Urban Climate (2014-2018).