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:

Ann Dennis   Ann Dennis is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BA in Biology from Pomona College in 2013, and has a background investigating biological mechanisms for energy and water saving architectural design. Her research interests include exploring insect and plant adaptations for relevant strategies in structural variation and performance. She is also interested in the ecological and economical impacts of building performance, and the development of evaluation techniques.
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.
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.
Won Hee Ko   Won Hee Ko is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BArch from Yonsei University, South Korea in 2010, and her MS in Building Science from University of Southern California in 2012. Since 2012, Won Hee has been working with Facades team and Computation analysis team in Buro Happold Engineering. Her main interests lie in visual and thermal comfort and its relationship to occupants' productivity, with a focus on the performance of building envelope. Her experience includes building enclosure system design, building energy performance calculation, and sustainable design strategy development for a wide range of projects.
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, doing work in daylighting analysis, natural ventilation conceptual design, and post occupancy studies. Through the Center for Building Energy Research and Development, Jared is currently conducting research on passive design and occupant comfort in buildings in the United States and India.
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.
Gabriela Vasconcellos   Gabriela Vasconcellos is an MS student in the Building Science program. She is an architect by training, and has worked as a sustainability consultant for the past 6 years. Her interests are passive systems, occupant comfort and building metrics. Gabriela's research focus while at UC Berkeley will be on daylighting metrics.
Jonathan Woolley   Jonathan Woolley is a PhD student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. He received his MS in mechanical engineering from UC Davis in 2008. Since 2004, Jonathan has been involved in a wide variety of research surrounding energy efficiency in buildings. He has specialized in the design, commissioning, demonstration, monitoring and evaluation of climate appropriate hybrid cooling systems. Other aspects of his research have included design of zero net energy homes, ground couple heat pump systems, heat recovery, and advanced building ventilation strategies. Jonathan has developed new open source modeling tools for hybrid air conditioners, and holds patent on a tracer gas airflow measurement system developed at UC Davis. At Berkeley, Jonathan is focused on the energy and comfort implications of radiant cooling strategies - with particular interest in the optimal design and control ventilation systems.