Student Research Staff

Graduate and undergraduate student researchers provide support for CBE and other research projects. This experience prepares them for successful careers in the building industry, where many of our graduates now hold positions of significant influence and responsibility. The following students are currently in the Building Science MS/PhD program:

Arfa Aijazi   Arfa Aijazi is a PhD student in Building Science in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and also works as a graduate student researcher at the Center for the Built Environment. She received a Masters in Building Technology (2017) and Bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering (2013) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has also worked as staff building technologist for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger where she used multiple computer software packages to perform thermal and hygrothermal analysis of building details and whole-building energy simulations Her doctoral research interests include building performance simulations, data visualization, machine learning, and climate change adaptability.
Email: arfa@berkeley.edu
     
Megan Dawe   Megan Dawe is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BS in Environmental Studies from theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, in 2012. Ms. Dawe comes with a broad background in Environmental Studies and over 4 years’ experience with California state building energy codes and consulting on new construction projects. Her research interests are to identify appropriate and climatically-driven solutions for buildings and to enhance the tools necessary for designers to accurately assess and implement these solutions. Most importantly, she sees accurate and expanded simulation software capabilities as a main gateway to driving deeper energy savings and meeting California’s Zero Net Energy goals.
Email: megan.dawe@berkeley.edu
     
Marta Delgado   Marta Delgado is an MS student in Building Science at UC Berkeley. She received a degree in Architecture in Barcelona (UIC) after a stay in the University ETH Zurich to study cognition in architecture. She has always been interested in the influence that built environments have on human mind, behavior and personal identity. In 2015, she founded a digital outreach platform about the impact of architecture on human life, bringing together agents and researchers in architecture, somatics and science from Spain. Her thesis project was nominated to the Youth Talent Architecture Award from the Mies Van Der Rohe Foundation and selected for the Catalan Pavilion at the 2018 Biennale di Venezia. She continued her graduate studies in Health and Harmony of the Habitat in Barcelona. Currently, she is at UC Berkeley granted with the La Caixa Fellowship to develop research on neuroscience and architecture. Her objectives are to analyze the neurobiological nature involved in the perception and human relationship with the environment, and to promote architectural practices that can improve human health and well-being.
Email: martadelgado@berkeley.edu
     
Carlos Duarte   Carlos Duarte is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2011, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Idaho-Boise in 2013. During his MS studies and beyond, he worked for the Integrated Design Lab in Boise, Idaho, on projects that ranged from measurement and verification, calibration of existing buildings, and consulting on energy codes through the use of energy simulation. His research interests include radiant heating and cooling, occupant behavior impact on building energy consumption, ‘big data’ energy analysis, and energy modeling.
Email: cduarte@berkeley.edu
     
Antony Kim   Antony Kim is a PhD student with a dual emphasis in Building Science and Social Factors at UC Berkeley. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering & Design from Humboldt State University in 2011, and his MS in Social Factors in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 2015. Antony has worked as a researcher with the Center for Resource Efficient Communities, where he worked on building energy-efficiency policy with the California Energy Commission; a Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow that investigated lighting for a circular economy; and as a research assistant that worked on power systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His current research interest on lighting and circadian health comes from his prior experience working with the Karolinska Institute in designing a lighting lounge to address seasonal affective disorder (SAD). He took the lessons learned in Sweden and integrated it into his MS thesis, where he worked on developing a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) protocol focused around sleep quality. He is now continuing that development and working on validating the protocol using human response indicators.
Email: abumkim@berkeley.edu
     
Won Hee Ko   Won Hee Ko is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BArch from Yonsei University, South Korea in 2010, and her MS in Building Science from University of Southern California in 2012. Since 2012, Won Hee has been working with Facades team and Computation analysis team in Buro Happold Engineering. Her main interests lie in visual and thermal comfort and its relationship to occupants' productivity, with a focus on the performance of building envelope. Her experience includes building enclosure system design, building energy performance calculation, and sustainable design strategy development for a wide range of projects.
Email: wonheeko@berkeley.edu
     
Dana Miller   Dana Miller is an MS student in Building Science at UC Berkeley focused on controls and data analysis for energy-efficient HVAC systems. She received an MS in Civil Engineering in UC Berkeley in 2017 and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale University in 2012. She has six years of experience with indoor air quality sampling, particularly bioaerosols, including fieldwork in the US, Singapore, and China. From 2012-2016, she worked at a national research center in Singapore on sequencing-based analysis of environmental samples and completed training courses for the Singapore Certified Energy Manager program. At CBE, Dana is working on field studies testing new control strategies for radiant-cooled commercial buildings and integrating ceiling fans with smart thermostats in multifamily housing. Her interests include building performance, demand response, fault detection, indoor air quality, and open source software.
Email: dana_miller@berkeley.edu
     
Elaina Present   Elaina Present is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Prior to UC Berkeley, Elaina worked at Navigant Consulting's offices in D.C. and San Francisco in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's appliance efficiency standards work. While there, her focus was energy and cost analyses of HVAC and refrigeration equipment for commercial and industrial buildings. At UC Berkeley, Elaina's research focuses on the energy and comfort implications of ceiling fans, with particular interest in design and control strategies when used in conjunction with other HVAC equipment. Her interests also include occupant behavior, energy modeling, demand response systems, and data-based energy analysis.
Email: epresent@berkeley.edu
     
Luis Santos   Luis Santos is a Portuguese architect concerned in creating bridges between the design practice and research on generative and performance-based design. He collaborated with several design studios in Lisbon where he was responsible to lead design teams from conceptual to construction phases. He holds a Master in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon (TU Lisbon) and has started his PhD studies on Building Science at UC Berkeley. He collaborated and collaborates in several research projects which aim the synthesis between parametric and generative design with energy - performance driven design. He also gives support (from the user point of view) on the development of a specific domain programming language for architecture that is currently being developed in the TU Lisbon Computer Science department.
Email: luis_sds82@berkeley.edu
     
Haripriya Sathyanarayanan   Haripriya Sathyanarayanan is a PhD student in Architecture & Building Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Trained primarily as an architect, her professional experience also includes working as an environmentally sustainable design consultant in Singapore, during which she has worked on a number of sustainable healthcare projects and commercial green buildings in Singapore and rest of Asia. She is an accredited LEED professional, certified Green Mark Manager accredited by the Building Construction Authority, Singapore and certified GRIHA evaluator and trainer, India. She has developed courses on the Indoor Environmental Quality programme offered by SIM University, Singapore, and volunteered as a member of the taskforce at the Singapore Green Building Council. Her past experience also includes teaching undergraduate courses in architecture. Her research agenda is centred around sustainable healthcare design; with particular focus on passive design strategies, energy efficiency, resilient design and patient comfort.
Email: haripriya_snarayanan@berkeley.edu
     
Jonathan Woolley   Ben Taube is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his BA in Sustainable Environmental Design from UC Berkeley in 2016. Ben has an interdisciplinary educational background in building science, architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning, as well as industry experience at a large commercial architecture and design firm. His interests focus on using design optimization to improve building energy use.
Email: benjamintaube@berkeley.edu
     
Jonathan Woolley   Jonathan Woolley is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his MS in mechanical engineering from UC Davis in 2008. Since 2004, Jonathan has been involved in a wide variety of research surrounding energy efficiency in buildings. He has specialized in the design, commissioning, demonstration, monitoring and evaluation of climate appropriate hybrid cooling systems. Other aspects of his research have included design of zero net energy homes, ground coupled heat pump systems, heat recovery, and advanced building ventilation strategies. Jonathan has developed new open source modeling tools for hybrid air conditioners, and holds the patent on a tracer gas airflow measurement system developed at UC Davis. At Berkeley, Jonathan is focused on the energy and comfort implications of radiant cooling strategies - with particular interest in the design and control of ventilation systems, cooling plants, and heat recovery to optimize performance of radiant buildings.
Email: jmwoolley@berkeley.edu