Ph.D. Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Education and Professional Background

Jake received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. Upon Graduation he started working for the Ford Motor Company, as well as night classes at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where he received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2019. He gained experience in a variety of engineering roles through the Ford College Graduate rotational program, focusing on the application of various CAE techniques in the product development cycle, before his more permanent role as a Thermal Systems Engineering CFD Engineer. A role which he held for two years before joining the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory.

Research Interests

Computational Fluid Dynamics, modeling and simulation, urban contaminate dispersion, Smart & Sustainable communities, renewable energy.

Research Projects

8/15/20- DTRA Project

8/15/20- Garden Alley Project


C. A. Faulkner, J. E. Castellini, Y. Lou, W. Zuo, D. M. Lorenzetti, M. D. Sohn. 2022."Tradeoffs Among Indoor Air Quality, Financial Costs, and CO2 Emissions for HVAC Operation Strategies to Mitigate Indoor Virus in U.S. Office Buildings," Building and Environment, 221, pp. 109282.

C. A. Faulkner, J. E. Castellini, W. Zuo, D. M. Lorenzetti, M. D. Sohn 2022. “Investigation of HVAC Operation Strategies for Office Buildings During COVID-19 Pandemic.” Building and Environment, 207 (B), pp. 108519. 

J. E. Castellini, C. A. Faulkner, W. Zuo, D. M. Lorenzetti, M. D. Sohn 2022. “Assessing the Use of Portable Air Cleaners for Reducing Exposure to Airborne Diseases in a Conference Room with Thermal Stratification. Building and Environment, 207 (B), pp. 108441.