CGBC Research Team

Researchers

Yujiao Chen, Research Associate »
Yujiao is currently working on projects ranging from building simulations to sustainable urban development. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant at the T.C Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, in addition to the Harvard Building Energy and Simulation Lab. She has also worked with the Harvard University Office for Sustainability as a Sustainable Community Leader. Yujiao received her Bachelor of Architecture in 2012 from Zhejiang University in China, her Masters in Environmental Building Design from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and her Masters in Design Studies with a concentration on Energy and Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2014.

Salmaan Craig, Eng.D., Research Associate »
Sal currently runs courses in materials science and energy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and conducts research on new types of ‘architecture-d materials’ for the thermoregulation of future buildings. Salmaan studied Product Design before undertaking an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) hosted by Brunel University and Buro Happold consulting engineers. During this time, he designed and tested a biologically inspired material for protecting buildings from solar and ambient heat, while allowing them to cool through radiation to the sky and outer space. After completing his doctorate, Salmaan continued at Buro Happold as a Facade Engineer, specializing in the design of material systems in extreme climates, such as the perforated, multilayer dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. He then moved to the Specialist Modeling Group at Foster + Partners, continuing to develop his research interests in the context of a number of high profile building projects, such as the Masdar Institute, Apple Campus, and Bloomberg Place.

Collin Gardner, Research Associate »
Collin's interests include architecture, philosophy, and architectural type. He also currently serves as a Research Associate at the GSD, coordinating the Harvard Symposium on Architecture lecture series and publications. Collin has worked extensively in architectural practices in Toronto, Calgary, London, New York, and Boston, in addition to working with Preston Scott Cohen Inc. for three years on museum projects in Israel and China, leading the Cambridge design team for the Taiyuan Museum of Art. Collin received an M-Arch degree with distinction from the GSD in 2014 and earned a Bachelors in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2008.

Wenbo Shi, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow »
Wenbo’s research interests primarily involve the smart grid area including algorithms and systems for managing smart homes, smart buildings, or microgrids with renewables, energy storage units, and various smart loads. His research has been published in top engineering journals and one of his papers is constantly ranked as one of the most popular articles online within IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Wenbo has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A.Sc. degree from the University British Columbia, and BS from Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Zheming (Jeremy) Tong, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Zheming’s research focuses on urban air pollution modeling and building energy simulation. His recent interest includes coupling indoor air quality simulation with outdoor microenvironment and quantifying the impact of vegetation on building energy consumption. Prior to joining the CGBC, he earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, where he wrote his dissertation on investigating the microenvironmental impact of roadways and distributed generation on local air quality. During his PhD study, Zheming developed CFD-based numerical models to predict the spatial and temporal variation of air pollutants in urban microenvironments. The model has been applied to identify many air quality problems in New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse. In addition to numerical modeling, he also conducted various field campaigns exploring the near-source air quality impact of roadside vegetation, urban vegetable farm, and biomass boiler. Most of his research has been published in top international journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Pollution, Atmospheric Environment, and Science of the Total Environment. Prior to graduate school, Zheming earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Andrew Wang, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate »
In addition to his position at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities where he conducts research on technology innovation and analysis of economic productivity, Andrew Wang is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, he was an Economist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, in the Advanced Technology Program, a public-private partnership supporting technology R&D and innovation in industry. He received a B.A. in History and Economics from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

Zheng Xu, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow »
Zheng’s research focuses on the impact of air pollution and air filtration on building occupants’ health, productivity and thermal comfort. His recent interests include estimating the impact of adoption of green inputs in production for exports on air quality, and testing the impact of information disclosure on households’ self-protective behaviors in response to pollution events. He is also conducting a field experiment in China to study the impact of air purifier on students’ grades in school and on worker’s productivity in factories. Zheng received a B.A. in Economics from Fudan University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

Bin Yan, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow »
Bin’s primary research areas are building simulation, HVAC system fault detection, and data analytics for buildings and systems. Her recent research projects include quantifying uncertainties in HVAC system operations, and developing data-oriented models to predict building energy demand and HVAC system performance for the purpose of decision-making. Bin received both her Bachelor and Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University. She received her PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducted a dissertation on “A Bayesian Approach for Predicting Building Cooling and Heating Consumption and Applications in Fault Detection."

Xuan Zhang, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow »
Xuan’s primary research focuses on the control and economic optimization for smart power networks, with applications in frequency and voltage regulation, demand response, congestion management, energy market modeling and smart building technology. He is also affiliated with the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Xuan received his Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the University of Oxford, UK, in 2015, where he conducted research on distributed control for large-scale network systems, and nonlinear dynamical systems analysis based on Lyapunov techniques. In 2011, he received his B.Eng. degree in Automatic Control from Tsinghua University.

 

Visting Researchers

Ying Liu, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow »
Ying Liu is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at the Harbin Institute of Technology, where she also received her MArch and PhD. Her area of study is human behavior in building energy conservation, touching upon building simulation, crowd behavior, occupant movement, passive design strategies, codes and regulations. Previously, she was affiliated with the T. C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies and the SIG Center for Computer Graphics, both at the University of Pennsylvania. During her time at the Harbin Institute of Technology, she received major state funding for simulation in design and education studies.