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

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...
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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...
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Cary Faulkner

Ph.D. Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Education Background Before joining the SBS lab, Cary received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in May 2019. At Purdue University he performed research studying collisions of non-spherical particles in granular flows using the Discrete Element Method. Part of this research was done as a participant in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Purdue, which sponsored his full time research during the Summer of 2018. This...
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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...
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Saranya Anbarasu

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil • Environmental • and Architectural Engineering
Education and Professional Background Saranya received her bachelor’s in Architecture in 2015 and a Master’s in Building Energy Performance (Building Science) in 2019 from CEPT University, India. She has a two-years experience in architectural practice and after completing her master's study she worked as a research associate at Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). Her major focus of work was on low-energy cooling systems and development...
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Jake Castellini

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...
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Mingzhe Liu

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Education Background Mingzhe Liu is an Architectural Engineering Ph.D. student in the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory. Mingzhe received his bachelor’s degree in Building Environment and Facilities Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2014. He then received his master's and doctoral degree in HVAC engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2020. His master's and doctoral research mainly focus on the utilization of renewable energy and heat pumps...
Yizhi

Yizhi Yang

Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Education Background Yizhi acquired her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with concentration in Energy Systems at Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Building Environment and Energy Applied Engineering from the Wuhan University of Science and Technology in 2019. At WUST, she researched in concentrating solar power and performed as team leader in the research project design and experimental test of a new solar concentrating system. Research Interest Energy...
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...
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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.
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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

Chengliang

Chengliang Fan

Visiting Ph.D. Student
Guangzhou University
Chengliang Fan is a Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Ph.D. student from Guangzhou University. His research focuses on modeling chiller plants using Modelica and optimizing chiller plants using cooling prediction model control. Now, he is a visiting Ph.D. student in the SBS lab.

Alumni

Xu Han

Xu Han, Ph.D.

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
First Job After Graduation Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University Ph.D. Thesis " Holistic Optimization of Data Center Cooling Systems and Airflow Management " (2020) Research/Specialization Dr. Xu Han received his bachelor’s degree from Harbin Institute of Technology with the award of “Outstanding Graduate” in 2011, master’s degree from Tianjin University with the award of “Outstanding Graduate” in 2014 and received his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020...
Yangyang Fu

Yangyang Fu, Ph.D.

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Ph.D. Thesis " Modeling and Control for Grid-interactive Efficient Data Centers " (2020) First Employer After Graduation Texas A&M University Research/Specialization Dr. Yangyang Fu obtained his Ph.D. degree at University of Colorado Boulder in 2020. During his study at CU Boulder, his research interests included 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...
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 Research/Specialization Dr. Yunyang Ye 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...
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: Journal Papers: 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 ,...
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: Book Chpaters: S. Huang , T. Sevilla, W. Zuo 2019, Chapter 19 “Modeling in Building-to-Grid Integration” in Building Performance Simulation for Design and Operation (Edition 2), Edited by J.L.M. Hensen and R. Lamberts, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 9781138392199. Journal Papers: S. Huang ,...
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Angelique Fathy, M.S.

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
M.S. Project Report "Modeling of a Zero Energy, Cold-climate Residential Building Design" (2020) Research/Specialization Angelique received her master's degree in Architectural Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder. Her Master project was in conjunction with work related to the Sustainable Buildings and Societies Laboratory in modeling a zero energy, residential building in Colorado. In May 2018, she received her Bachelor's degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, majoring in Architectural Engineering...
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Dominik Jankowski, M.Eng.

Department of Mechanical Engineering • Coburg University of Applied Sciences • Germany
M.Eng. Thesis "Implementation and Evaluation of Conditional Generative Adversarial Networks for Fast Indoor Airflow Prediction" (2021) Research / Specialization Dominik studied mechanical engineering in conjunction with Valeo Thermal Systems GmbH and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Coburg, Germany. He was awarded the Medal of Merit in 2018 for his volunteer work at the Institute for Sensor and Actuator Technology (ISAT) in Coburg,...