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 an MS student in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainability from French engineering school Arts et Métiers ParisTech Bordeaux. At the Center for the Built Environment, Soazig has been involved in research projects including laboratory and field studies investigating indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency and HVAC system control in commercial buildings. Her interests also include consumer behavior, building energy commissioning and the Internet of Things (IoT) approach for buildings.
Caroline Karmann   Caroline Karmann is a PhD candidate in the Building Science program at the University of California, Berkeley, and also works as a graduate student researcher at the Center for the Built Environment. She received a Masters in Architecture (2006) and Climate and Energy (2008) from INSA Strasbourg, France. After graduation, she worked at Transsolar Energietechnik in Stuttgart, Germany, for 4 years and specialized in daylight simulation and energy analysis. At UC Berkeley, her doctoral research has been focused on indoor environmental quality for buildings using radiant systems. Her work includes thermal comfort, acoustical quality and occupant satisfaction for buildings with radiant systems.
Antony Kim   Antony Kim is a PhD student with a dual emphasis in Building Science and Social Factors at UC Berkeley. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering & Design from Humboldt State University in 2011, and his MS in Social Factors in Architecture from UC Berkeley in 2015. Antony has worked as a researcher with the Center for Resource Efficient Communities, where he worked on building energy-efficiency policy with the California Energy Commission; a Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow that investigated lighting for a circular economy; and as a research assistant that worked on power systems at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His current research interest on lighting and circadian health comes from his prior experience working with the Karolinska Institute in designing a lighting lounge to address seasonal affective disorder (SAD). He took the lessons learned in Sweden and integrated it into his MS thesis, where he worked on developing a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) protocol focused around sleep quality. He is now continuing that development and working on validating the protocol using human response indicators.
  Joyce Kim is a PhD candidate in the Building Science program at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate student researcher at the Center for the Built Environment. 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. Joyce worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in 2011-2014 to design and demonstrate automated demand response under dynamic pricing in New York State. At CBE, she has developed and field-demonstrated Internet-connected personal comfort systems. Joyce’s doctoral research focuses on personalized thermal comfort modeling using occupant behavior with personal comfort systems to determine optimal temperature setpoints.
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.
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 at UC Berkeley. She received her BA in Architecture and Urban Planning from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 2007, and a green building specialization in sustainable buildings from Universidade Católica de Petrópolis, Brazil, in 2012. Prior to UC Berkeley, Gabriela worked as a sustainability consultant for DNV GL (formerly KEMA) in the Brazil and US offices. Her professional experience includes LEED certification, energy efficiency, energy modeling and sustainable operations. At UC Berkeley, Gabriela's research interests include passive systems and daylighting, occupant comfort and building 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 coupled heat pump systems, heat recovery, and advanced building ventilation strategies. Jonathan has developed new open source modeling tools for hybrid air conditioners, and holds the 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 design and control of ventilation systems, cooling plants, and heat recovery to optimize performance of radiant buildings.