Students

These MS and PhD students are in the Building Science, Technology and Sustainability (BSTS) program in UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture. Many are involved in CBE research working with our faculty, some work with other faculty, and some at the Berkeley Lab.

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    Arfa Aijazi

    PhD student in Building Science

    Arfa’s doctoral research interests include building performance simulations, data visualization, machine learning, and climate change adaptability.

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    Isabel Burgess

    MS student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

    Isabel’s research interests include the physical remote workspace and its support of employee and organization needs as well as the broad subject of post-occupancy evaluation.

  • Sun Woo Chang

    Sun Woo Chang

    Ph.D. student in the Building Science, Technology, and Sustainability program

    Sun Woo Chang’s current research is on the topic of window view quality. Particularly, measuring occupant response for window view content, access, and clarity. He is also focuses on design perception and cognition, occupant-centered design, and building performance evaluation.

  • Yi-Ju

    Yi Ju

    MS student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

    Yi is striving to contribute to decarbonization in the building sector, with a specific interest in stochastic modeling and optimal control of renewable energy systems.

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    Marya Kemp

    MS Student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

    Marya’s research interests include improving thermal comfort, reducing energy consumption, and increasing the resiliency of the built environment to extreme temperatures associated with climate change.

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    Chitra Nambiar

    PhD student in Building Science

    Chitra is interested in innovative solutions for adapting built environments to a changing climate, including grid interactive buildings, codes and standards, and the role of occupants in building decarbonization.

  • Haripriya-Sathyanarayanan

    Haripriya Sathyanarayanan

    PhD student in Architecture and Building Science

    Priya’s research is centered around evidence-based design, human-centric design, patient experience, immersive technology and collaborative design in pediatric built environment settings.

  • Ruiji-Sun

    Ruiji Sun

    PhD student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

    Ruiji is working on how to improve personalized thermal comfort and indoor environmental quality through energy-efficient HVAC systems and model predictive control.

  • Elnaz-Tafrihi

    Elnaz Tafrihi

    PhD student in Building Science

    Elnaz’s research focuses on using immersive environments to inform design of high-performance buildings.

  • chai-um

    Chai Yoon Um

    PhD student in Building Science

    Chai’s research focuses on improving indoor air quality by optimizing ventilation strategies.

  • patrick-wendler

    Patrick Wendler

    MS student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

    Patrick is interested in reducing fossil fuel use in large commercial heating systems and preparing heating systems for the growing push toward electrification.

  • Xinwei-Zhuang

    Xinwei Zhuang

    PhD student in Building Science

    Xinwei’s research interests lie in data-driven and machine learning-aided design and optimization, taking environments and energy consumption into consideration.

  • Aoyu Zou

    Aoyu Zou

    PhD student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability

    Aoyu’s research is working on mechanical system control in office buildings and how advanced control could better contribute to comfort and well-being.

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