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.
Mallory Taub is an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She holds a BA in Architectural Studies from Brown University and she studied for two years in the Master of Architecture degree program at MIT, where she focused her coursework in building technology. She has worked as a researcher in masonry structures for the MIT Masonry Research Group and for the Block Research Group at the ETH, in rammed earth construction for Architectes de l’urgence, and in post-occupancy testing of natural ventilation systems for MASS Design Group. She has interned at Maclay Architects, Atelier d’Architecture JM Bozetto, Michielli + Wyetzner Architects, and Studios Architecture. Her general areas of interest include passive design strategies, climate specific design, daylighting, hospital design, performance based green building certifications, and low carbon building materials and construction methods.
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.
Rongxin Yin is an MS/PhD student in the Building Sciences program at UC Berkeley. He received his BA in HVAC from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology in 2005, and his MS in Mechanical Engeineering degree from Tongji University, China, in 2009. He currently works as a graduate student research assistant in the Department of Building Technologies, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His areas of interest include pre-cooling and demand response studies of commercial buildings, building energy modeling, integration of renewable buildign technologies, building control systems, and green buildings. He is currently working on a project at LBNL developing a Distributed Intelligent Automated Demand Response Buidling Management System.