Postdoctoral Researcher


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

Yan Wang is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at UC Berkeley. He is currently working on developing and testing control strategies for HVAC systems that can save energy costs and are feasible to implement at scale within building automation systems. Yan received his PhD in Environmental Design and Engineering from University College London (UCL) UK, in 2022. His PhD research involved both field experiments and building simulations. The first part of his doctoral research focused on understanding occupants’ ventilation and filtration behavior through field monitoring and statistical analysis. He also developed a smart control framework to improve indoor air quality and occupant health with minimal additional energy and then tested it in EnergyPlus simulations. One of his papers published during his PhD study, ‘Improving Indoor Air Quality and Occupant Health through Smart Control of Windows and Portable Air Purifiers in Residential Buildings,’ won the CIBSE Barker Silver Medal in 2023. Before joining CBE, Yan worked as a research associate at UCL using a co-simulation technique between EnergyPlus and CONTAM to quantify the impacts of building retrofit measures on indoor air quality.