The Building System Engineering program seeks to improve the sustainability and effectiveness of buildings. Research areas include the design, modeling, and analysis of integrated building energy systems, renewable energy technologies, sustainable materials for buildings, indoor environmental quality, grid-integration and model predictive control for building energy systems, and innovative HVAC and illumination technologies. The program includes eight faculty members with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, architecture, illumination engineering, sustainable materials, acoustics and renewable energy engineering.
We offer graduate degrees in architectural engineering and three of the main degree specializations align within our research area:
- Sustainable building design and operation
- Renewable energy systems for buildings
- Illumination engineering
While the architectural engineering graduate degrees have only been offered since 2012, the Building Systems Engineering program has been producing MS and PhD graduates through the CEAE department for over 30 years. Graduates from the program work in both the public and private sectors in the broad areas of building energy systems, including academic positions at universities around the world, researchers at national laboratories, and designers and analysis in the building industry.