Dobbs is currently the director of the Department of Energy GridSTAR Center and is on the architectural engineering faculty of Penn State University. Previously, he was a principal research engineer at United Technologies Research Center. Dobbs has nine patents and has been published in approximately sixty publications. He is on the Board of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and the Research Advisory Committee to USGBC. For ASHRAE, he is the chair of Technical Committee 5.5 Air-to-Air Energy Recovery, is on Standard 201: Building Smart Grid Information Model, and several publication committees.