Faculty

Wangda Zuo

Wangda Zuo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor • Director of SBS Lab • Lewis-Worcester Faculty Fellow • Joint Appointment at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Research/Specialization Dr. Zuo's research focuses on modeling and simulation of smart, sustainable and resilient buildings, communities and cities. Dr. Zuo is the recipient of ASCE ExCEEd Fellowship, IBPSA-USA Emerging Professional Award, Eliahu I. Jury Early Career Research Award, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, Provost Research Award, and SEEDS Leadership Award. Dr. Zuo is currently the Associate Editor for Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Treasurer and Affiliate Director (representing USA) of International...

Current Students

Yangyang Fu

Yangyang Fu

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Research/Specialization Yangyang Fu is a Ph.D. Student in the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Lab. His research interests include the application of data mining and machine learning techniques in the building energy area, optimal design and operation of the chiller plant system, discrete-event and continuous system modelling and numerical solutions of hybrid systems. Yangyang received his Bachelor’s Degree from People’s Liberation Army University of Science and Technology, China in 2012. In...
Xu Han

Xu Han

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Education Background Xu received his Bachelor’s Degree in Building Environment and Facilities Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in China in 2011 and was awarded as the Outstanding Graduate of Heilongjiang Province. He then continued into his Master’s Degree majoring in HVAC engineering in Tianjin University in China and graduated in January 2014. During his time at the university, he has applied two patents and published two journal papers, one...
Jing Wang

Jing Wang

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Education Background Jing received her B.E. degree in Built Environment and Equipment Engineering from Tongji University, China in 2013. Afterwards she continued her Master study in both Tongji University and Braunschweig University of Technology to get her double degrees in HVAC Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Her research in Germany focused on the modeling and control of refrigeration systems in the scenario of supermarkets with the object-oriented modeling language Modelica. In...
katy

Katy Hinkelman

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Education Background Katy received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Denver in 2013, where she also played for the university’s D1 women’s soccer program. At DU, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental distinction, was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa society for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and was named First Team COSIDA Academic All-American for Women's Soccer in the 2011-12 season. In...
Cary

Cary Faulkner

Ph.D. Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research/Specialization Cary is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student in the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory. His research focuses on using Fast Fluid Dynamics to model the spread of biological and chemical compounds in an urban environment. Before joining the SBS lab, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2019. At Purdue University he performed research studying collisions of non-spherical particles in granular flows using the...
Yingli

Yingli Lou

Ph.D. Student
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL • ENVIRONMENTAL • AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Research/Specialization Yingli Lou is an Architectural Engineering Ph.D. student in the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory (SBS lab). Her research interests include large-scale building energy modeling and data analyses. Before joining the SBS lab, Yingli received her Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering from Chongqing University in 2019, and she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Chongqing University in 2016. At Chongqing University, she has published three...
Jes

Jes Stershic

Ph.D. Student
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL • ENVIRONMENTAL • AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Research/Specialization Jes is an Architectural Engineering Ph.D. student in the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory. Her research interests include using the WELL standard to increase levels of human health and well being within commercial buildings. Before joining the SBS lab, Jes received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in 2019. At UA she graduated Magna Cum Laude, received a minor from the Honors College, and...
Thomas Sevilla

Thomas Alonso Sevilla

Ph.D. Student
CIVIL • ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Research/Specialization Thomas Sevilla received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2015 from the University of Miami. Since then, he has worked as an embedded systems engineer designing state of the art instrumentation for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA). Consequently, he joined the Ph.D. Program in Civil Engineering at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, in 2016. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate and is under the advising of...
Reymundo Miranda

Reymundo J. Miranda

Ph.D. Student
CIVIL • ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Research/Specialization Analysis of multisystem interdependence and sustainability benefits in the Hotel Systems Platform. The research concentrates on the development and modeling of a water source heat pump air conditioning plant coupled with domestic water preheat boiler plant for a 280 guestroom hotel in The City of Surfside. The modeling by the use of Modelica studies, the critical points of available domestic water preheat cycles and open loop condenser water reheat...
angelique

Angelique Fathy

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Research/Specialization Angelique is pursuing her master's degree in Architectural Engineering. Her thesis will be in conjunction with work related to the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory. In May 2018, she received her Bachelor's degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in Architectural Engineering. For a few months before graduate school, she worked for an MEP firm and collaborated with the engineering team on the system configuration, network and software...
Peilin

Peilin Yang

Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research/Specialization Peilin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from Donghua University, China in 2017. Now he is a master student at CU majored in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on energy and environment. He works at the SBS lab on the project: ASHRAE-1771-TRP Energy Modeling of Typical Commercial Buildings in Support of ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient Energy Rating Program.
matthew

Matthew Strong

Undergraduate Research Assisstant
Department of Computer Science
Research/Specialization I am an undergraduate at University of Colorado Boulder. I am studying Computer Science and I am working with the OpenStudio software. Additionally, I will be working on the ASHRAE-1771-TRP project. My research interests include machine learning, big data, and high performance computing.
satish

Satish Upadhyaya

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Computer Science
Research/Specialization I am an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado majoring in Computer Science. Currently, I am working on implementing sensitivity analysis methods in building energy analysis. My research interests include machine learning, data mining, and high-performance computing.

Visiting Scholars

saranya

Saranya Anbarasu

Visiting Post Graduate Student
CEPT University • India
Research/Specialization Saranya is a post graduate student from CEPT University, India and specializes in Building energy performance. As a part of BHAVANs internship of IUSSTF (Indo-US science and technology forum), she is here at SBS lab to work on the development of Modelica based simulation models for Direct evaporative cooler system. Her master’s research was on the development and validation of switching control algorithms for Mixed mode building through co-simulation...
Chenlu

Chenlu Tian

Visiting Ph.D. Student
Shandong Jianzhu University • China
Research/Specialization Chenlu Tian obtained her bachelor’s degree in China University of Mining and Technology, and then pursues her Ph.D. degree of Architecture in Shandong Jianzhu University, China. Now, she is a visiting Ph.D. student in the SBS lab. Her focused research is the building data analysis using the machine learning methods and the energy-saving strategies, and she will do some specific researches around the analysis of big building data which...

Alumni

Yunyang Ye

Yunyang Ye, Ph.D.

Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Ph.D. Thesis: "Standardized Computational Framework for Prototypical Building Energy Model Creation and Building Energy Analyses" (2019) First Job After Graduation: Research Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Education Background Yunyang graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Environment and Facilities Engineering from Tongji University, China in 2013. He then continued into his Master’s Degree in Power Engineering (HVAC) in Tongji University and graduated in March 2016. In his years at...
Wei Tian

Wei Tian, Ph.D.

Civil • Architectural and Environmental Engineering at University of Miami
Ph.D. Thesis: "Coupled Simulation of Indoor Airflow, HVAC, Control, and Building Envelope" (2017) First Job After Graduation: Research Engineer at Schneider Electric Publications: W. Tian, X. Han, W. Zuo, Q. Wang, Y. Fu, M. Jin 2019. “ An Optimization Platform Based on Coupled Indoor Environment and HVAC Simulation and Its Application in Optimal Thermostat Placement. ” Energy and Buildings, 199, pp. 342-251. W. Tian, J.W. VanGilder, X. Han, C.M. Healey,...
SenHuang

Sen Huang, Ph.D.

Civil • Architectural and Environmental Engineering at University of Miami
Ph.D Thesis: "Model based technologies for enhancing building operation" (2016) First Job After Graduation: Scientist at the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Publications: S. Huang, W. Wang, M. Brambley, S. Goyal, W. Zuo 2018. “ An Agent-based Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation Framework for Building Controls .” Energy and Buildings, 181, pp. 26-37. S. Huang, A. Malara, W. Zuo, M. Sohn 2018. " A Bayesian Network Model for the Optimization of a Chiller...