Visiting Scholars

CBE has many ongoing collaborations with students, faculty, and professionals from around the world. Our current visiting scholars include:

Yingdong He   Wenhua Chen is a PhD student in the Department of Environment Science and Engineering at Tianjin University in Tianjin, China. He received his Bachelor in Building Environment and Equipment Engineering from Chongqing University in 2014. After that, he was a research assistant at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include air distribution, indoor air quality, and human thermal comfort in buildings. His Ph.D. research topic is PIV (particle image velocimetry), the experimental study of pollutant removal efficiency in domestic kitchens, supported by the National Key project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China on Air Pollution Causes and Control Technology Research. While at CBE, he will continue lab studies and CFD simulations to evaluate ceiling fan performance with multiple fans and partitions, as well as balance thermal comfort and energy efficiency with a radiant cooling system and a combination of free-hanging acoustical panels and fans.
Yunpeng Hu   Ippei Izuhara is a Senior Manager from Sanken Setsubi Kogyo Co. Ltd., a mechanical and electrical engineering company based in Tokyo, Japan. He received his Master and Ph.D. degrees from the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences at Kyushu University in 1992 and 1995. He has been a research associate at the same university, with a research focus on numerical simulation and wind tunnel tests on cross ventilation. After he joined Sanken, he has worked at a technical center to evaluate indoor thermal environment via computational fluid dynamics (CFD). He received a prize from the Architectural Institute of Japan for his research, “Basic Examination on Cross-Ventilation Rates of Single Unit Models by Numerical Simulation”. His current research interests are radiant heating and cooling systems, energy performance analysis, and zero net energy buildings.
Ling Jin   Pengnan Li is a Ph.D. student in the School of Architecture at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. She received her Master degree in Architecture from the same university in 2013. Pengnan studied in both Hanyang University (South Korean) and Chongyuan University (Taiwan) as an exchange student. She is a First-level Registered Architect in China and also a member of marking group of Registered Architect Examination. In 2017, she started an Education Organization online focusing on the training of Registered Architects. She has work experience in China Southwest Architecture Design and Research Institute Corp, Taiwan Institute of Public Engineering and Wonyang Architecture Group in South Korean. Since 2015, she has engaged in research on the Post-occupancy Evaluation of the Built Environment at State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science under the guidance of Chinese Academician Shuoxian Wu. She is a member of the research team for the project entitled “Research on the System of Technical Standards of Green Building Performance Evaluation”, which is sponsored by the 13th National Five-year Plan on Science and Technology. Her Ph.D. research mainly focuses on the "Post-occupancy Evaluation of Comprehensive Science Museums”. While in Berkeley, Pengnan will work on strategies of renovation and modification of building design based on post-occupancy evaluation.
Aslihan Senel Solmaz   Aslihan Senel Solmaz is an Assistant Professor at Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Architecture, in Izmir, Turkey. She obtained her undergraduate degree in 2007 and later received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Department of Architecture in 2010 and 2015 respectively at the same university. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on integrating statistical analysis with multi-objective optimization to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Within this context, Aslihan’s research interests include building energy simulation and optimization, and thermal comfort. During her stay at CBE, she will work on simulation based multi-objective optimization for the high thermal mass radiant systems, and is also interested in applications of machine learning algorithms in various aspects of building energy performance analysis and optimization.
Zi Wang   Zi Wang is a PhD student from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He received his Bachelor's degree in 2015 from Henan Polytechnic University. His research interests mainly focus on elderly people’s thermal comfort, including adaptive thermal comfort in naturally ventilated aged-care homes, effects of transient thermal environment on thermal perceptions and thermal sensation model in uniform environments. His PhD research is supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China. During his time at CBE, he will explore the potential of applying personal comfort devices to improve elderly thermal comfort. Meanwhile, he will work on lab experiments to evaluate the energy efficiency of combining ceiling fans and AC system.