Student Research Staff

Graduate and undergraduate student researchers provide support for CBE and other research projects. This experience prepares them for successful careers in the building industry, where many of our graduates now hold positions of significant influence and responsibility. The following students are currently in the Building Science MS/PhD program:

Carlos Duarte   Carlos Duarte is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho in 2011, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Idaho-Boise in 2013. During his MS studies and beyond, he worked for the Integrated Design Lab in Boise, Idaho, on projects that ranged from measurement and verification, calibration of existing buildings, and consulting on energy codes through the use of energy simulation. His research interests include radiant heating and cooling, occupant behavior impact on building energy consumption, ‘big data’ energy analysis, and energy modeling.
Kit Elsworth   Kit Elsworth is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received a BA in Architectural Studies from Brown University in 2009 and worked for Atelier Ten in New Haven as an environmental building consultant, performing daylight simulations, LEED consulting, and leading design charrettes. During this time, he collaborated with the state energy department to revise the Connecticut High Performance Building code. For his master's thesis, Kit is researching the effects of air movement on thermal comfort on human test subjects at high metabolic rates. Kit is also performing independent research in the design and performance of evaporative downdraft cooling towers.
Priya Gandhi   Priya Gandhi is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to arriving at Berkeley she spent three years as an environmental design consultant at Atelier Ten where she performed daylight analyses, envelope performance studies, and whole building energy modeling for new and existing buildings. Her research interests include natural ventilation, climate resilient design, passive cooling, existing buildings, and energy modeling. She is currently working on a project investigating the role of behavior on plug load energy use in commercial buildings.
Soazig Kaam   Soazig Kaam is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her MS in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainability from French engineering school Arts et Métiers ParisTech Bordeaux in 2013. Prior to graduation and as a visiting student, Soazig was involved in projects carried by CBE related to indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Her interests also include user behavior, building energy commissioning and HVAC system control.
Caroline Karmann   Caroline Karmann is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her MArch from ENSAIS Strasbourg, France, in 2006, and her MS in Climate and Energy from INSA Strasbourg in 2008. After graduation, she worked at Transsolar Energietechnik in Stuttgart for 4 years and specialized in daylight simulation and energy analysis. Her research interests include indoor environmental quality, thermal comfort, user behavior, natural ventilation and energy efficiency. At CBE Caroline is currently working on radiant heating and cooling projects.
Joyce Kim   Joyce Kim is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2006, and her MS in Sustainable Design from Philadelphia University in 2011. Her professional experience includes energy analysis, building envelope design, construction quality control, and project management. At CBE, Joyce worked on the occupant satisfaction survey of indoor environments in response to the distributed intelligent automated demand response strategies at the new CITRIS headquarter building. Currently, Joyce is working in the Demand Response Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to design and implement automated price and demand response and analyze customer economics under dynamic pricing in New York State.
Jared Landsman   Jared Landsman is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 2014, where he served as project director for Cornell University Sustainable Design, a student-run organization consisting of 150 members, implementing low-energy design-build projects both domestically and internationally. Before arriving at Berkeley, he spent a summer with Transsolar, a climate engineering firm that focuses on maximizing occupant comfort while minimizing environmental impact, where he conducted daylighting analysis, natural ventilation conceptual design, in addition to a post occupancy study. His research interests include daylighting, passive design strategies, biomimicry, and occupant behavior.
Luis Santos   Luis Santos is a Portuguese architect concerned in creating bridges between the design practice and research on generative and performance-based design. He collaborated with several design studios in Lisbon where he was responsible to lead design teams from conceptual to construction phases. He holds a Master in Architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon (TU Lisbon) and has started his PhD studies on Building Science at UC Berkeley. He collaborated and collaborates in several research projects which aim the synthesis between parametric and generative design with energy - performance driven design. He also gives support (from the user point of view) on the development of a specific domain programming language for architecture that is currently being developed in the TU Lisbon Computer Science department.
Sara Tepfer   Sara Tepfer is a student in both the MArch and the MS in Building Science programs at UC Berkeley. She received her BS in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 2012. Prior to Berkeley, Sara was a researcher in both the Departments of Chemistry and Architecture at Oregon, where she focused in part on integrating green chemistry principles and metrics into the design process. During this time, Sara also worked with the Healthy Building Network as a research intern for the Pharos Project. At Berkeley, Sara’s interests include continuation of her previous work at the interface of design, chemistry, and public health, as well as indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency in new and existing buildings.
Kristine Walker   Kristine Walker is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. Kristine most recently was a Regional Project Manager for the US General Service Administration and has over 15 years of building project development and direct field experience. After completing $24 million in energy and water projects for the GSA last September, she lead the development and completion of a comprehensive, transformational sustainability plan for Region 9. She has also spearheaded a Clinton Global Initiative project for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, participated with many rewarding volunteer projects, and was a technical lead for a division of GE. As part of the UC Berkeley program, Kristine hopes to leverage her project and program management knowledge to support CBE research efforts while developing her own expertise as a subject matter expert and academic.