In Alphabetical Order of Family Names

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Edward Arens

University of California, Berkeley

Edward Arens, Ph.D., is Professor of the Graduate School at UC Berkeley. He is Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research, the University’s research unit for building science and resource efficient urban design.  Professor Arens is also Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university cooperative research center focusing on commercial/institutional buildings.  

Prof. Arens started UC's Building Science Laboratory in 1980 after heading the Architectural Research Section at the National Bureau of Standards. 

He has been principal investigator for a large number of State, Federal, and industry grants addressing building energy performance, indoor environmental quality criteria, field monitoring procedures, and architectural aerodynamics.  Projects include developing wireless sensor systems for building control and electricity demand responsiveness, developing and testing new personal environmental control systems, human comfort testing and modeling, web-based surveying of occupant satisfaction in buildings, determining energy efficiency potential of thermally diversified environments, metrics for rating comfort and energy use in building perimeter zones, effects of humidity on comfort and health, and natural ventilative cooling.  He is active in technical and standards committees of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers), and co-founded SBSE (Society of Building Science Educators).  He has advised over 90 graduate students in the research track, and 18 Ph.D. students.



Joon-Ho Choi

University of Southern California

Joon-Ho Choi, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Building Science at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to taking the position, he worked as An assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University in the U.S.  His primary research interests are in the areas of advanced environmental controls for human-building integration, sustainable building design/performance, comprehensive post-occupancy evaluation, and indoor environmental quality.

At USC, he manages the Human-Building Integration Lab as the Director, and his research group focuses on the relationship between human factors and the ambient environmental quality (which includes (extreme) thermal, visual, and air quality conditions) in a building. He has also been involved in multiple building projects relevant to net-zero energy and energy efficiency/sustainable design. As an interdisciplinary researcher, he is currently working with faculty from multiple disciplines, such as Medicine, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, to develop a user-centered environmental control in the domain of sustainable building and smart control for enhancing an occupant’s productivity and health, as well as environmental sustainability.




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Caroline Karmann

University of California, Berkeley

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. 




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Hyojin Kim

Catholic University of America

Dr. Hyojin Kim is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the Catholic University of America (CUA). She received her Ph.D. degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University in 2012. Prior to joining CUA, she was a Research Engineering Associate at the Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL), Texas A&M University, where she was an essential part to the ESL modeling team and assisted in the legislative responsibilities under the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP).

Dr. Kim has extensive research experience in the fields of building efficiency and indoor environmental quality (IEQ), including building energy modeling, building energy, water, and IEQ performance measurement and assessment, energy codes and standards, measurement and verification (M&V), and thermal comfort. She has participated in multiple research projects funded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Army, Samsung Electronics, and Korean Ministry of Environment. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed papers and over 40 technical reports. She has won several awards from ASHRAE, Texas A&M University, and Korea Research Foundation (KRF). She is a member of ASHRAE, International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), and Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). 



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Stefano Schiavon

University of California, Berkeley

Stefano Schiavon, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Architecture (Sustainability, Energy and Environment) at UC Berkeley. Stefano research is focused on finding ways to reduce energy consumption in buildings and, at the same time, increase indoor environmental quality. Stefano worked on personal environmental control system, occupant satisfaction, underfloor air distribution (UFAD), radiant systems, building energy simulation, air movement, LEED, thermal comfort and statistical modeling. He has experience laboratory measurements, post occupancy evaluation and building performance simulation. Stefano is involved in the Center for the Built Environment and a PI in the SinBerBEST project.

At the University of Padova, Italy, he received a PhD in Energy Engineering (2008), and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (2005) with honor. He has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University and Technical University of Denmark. He received the 2010 REHVA Young Scientist Award and 2013 ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award. 




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Hui Zhang

University of California, Berkeley

Hui Zhang is a researcher at the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley.  Her work focuses on human thermophysiology and thermal comfort to support the development of energy-efficient and individually controlled heating and cooling systems for buildings.  Dr. Zhang has developed a body-part-specific model of human comfort for the evaluation of complex thermal environments and holds several patents for personal comfort systems. She has run many laboratory and field studies evaluating a wide range of topics ranging from fundamental physiology to the comfort and energy effectiveness of innovative building practices.  She has been actively involved in ASHRAE standard activities.

Dr. Zhang holds a PhD in building science from the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley (2003) and a M.S in Architecture (1986) and B.A. in Engineering (1983) from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  She received the ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award for her PhD dissertation study, "Local Thermal Comfort in Asymmetrical and Transient Environments."


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