Student Research Staff

Graduate and undergraduate student researchers provide support for all CBE 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.

Bin Chen is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his BA in Mechanical Engineering from Tongji University, China, in 2012. His research interests include building HVAC system and building energy modeling. Currently, he works as a graduate student researcher on quantifying the comprehensive greenhouse gas co-benefits of green buildings.

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 studied sustainable design at Harvard with a focus on vegetated roofs. For over three years, Kit worked for Atelier Ten in New Haven as an environmental building consultant, serving architectural design teams with daylight simulations and LEED consulting. During this time, he collaborated with state energy department to revise the Connecticut High Performance Building code. Kit's research interests include indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency, user behavior, and natural ventilation.

Jingjuan (Dove) Feng is an MS/PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her M.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 2009, and a B.S. from Tongji University in China. As a graduate research assistant at UN her research area was mainly focused on building energy commissioning, and she led the implementation of three building retrofit projects and was involved in the energy audit of approximately 15 projects. At CBE her main research focus is HVAC system control, UFAD, and radiant cooling projects.

Gwen Fuertes is an MS student in the Building Science Program at UC Berkeley. She received BAs in Architectual Studies and Music from Brown University in 2005. After graduation, she worked with the Building Codes Assistance Project within the Alliance to Save Energy, followed by four years at the U.S. Green Building Council, working within the LEED Certification team. She focused on energy and atmosphere (EA) issues and most recently worked on developing the Advanced Energy Modeling for the LEED Technical Manual. Her research interests involve the disparity between simulated and actual energy performance in commercial buildings.

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 interest areas include natural ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, climate resilient design, existing buildings and energy modeling.

Anoop Honnekeri is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Jaipur, India. He has worked as an intern at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. His previous research includes passive design strategies for residential housing in Korea and radiant cooling systems for hot and dry Indian climates. At CBE he is currently studying naturally ventilated buildings and adaptive behavior of occupants.

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 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. Prior to Berkeley, Joyce worked in the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab focusing on database analysis of cool roof electricity savings in residential buildings. Currently, Joyce is at CBE working on the occupant satisfaction survey of indoor environments in response to the distributed intelligent automated demand response strategies at the new CITRIS headquarter building.

Margaret Pigman is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BA in Physics from Williams College in 2007. Her research interests include naturally ventilated and mixed-mode buildings, daylighting, and building energy modeling. Currently she is analyzing thermal comfort and occupant behavior in a naturally ventilated office building.

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.

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.