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.
     
Yingdong He   Yingdong He is a PhD student from the College of Civil Engineering at Hunan University (China). Since 2014, he has been working on human thermal comfort in non-neutral environments and the development of personal comfort systems to achieve high satisfaction with low energy consumption. His research work involves field investigations in both rural and urban regions in Southern China, as well as a series of chamber experiments on thermal comfort and personal comfort systems at Hunan University. In the last three years, he has participated in three national research projects and attended several conferences to present his work. Until now, he has published more than 10 academic peer-review papers, and won the Chinese National Scholarship twice (in 2015 and 2016, respectively).
     
Yunpeng Hu   Yunpeng Hu, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering at Wuhan Business University. Yunpeng received his Ph.D in Heating, Ventilating, Gas supplying and Air-conditioning Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2013, and finished his postdoctoral position in the same university in early 2016. He is the co-PI of the Natural Science Foundation of China and the PI of the Natural Science Foundation of Hubei, China. His research focuses on the fault identification and advanced control for HVAC systems and equipment, and building energy performance analysis using data mining methods. His overarching purpose at CBE is to investigate and improve the energy efficiency of buildings and their equipment by co-developing and using an automated measurement and verification tool.
     
Ling Jin   Ling Jin is an Associate Professor from the College of Water Conversancy and Civil Engineer of the South China Agricultural University. She is a member of Architectural Society of China. Ling received her Ph.D. in Architectural Science in 2014 from South China University of Technology. Ling’s research interests include thermal comfort, building thermal environment, and green building technology. Her study focuses on human thermal comfort in hot and humid areas. She received funding from National Natural Science Foundation of China for the research on the acceptable humidity limits in hot-humid areas in 2017. In Berkeley, Ling will work on how desks and office partitions influence the wind field of fans and explore how to utilize fans and personal comfort systems to provide comfort indoor environment in hot and humid climates with low energy consumption.
     
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.
     
Binghui Si   Binghui Si is a PhD student in the School of Architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Nanjing University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Since 2015, she has been working on building energy simulation and optimization, especially focusing on the performance of algorithms used in building energy optimization. Her PhD project is supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China and the Scientific Research Foundation of Graduate School of Southeast University. She has participated in four research projects, including two National Natural Science Foundation projects. While at CBE, she will work on the optimization of control settings for radiant systems and explore the trade-off between building energy consumption and thermal comfort.