Schneider Fellowship

I received a Schneider Sustainable Energy Fellowship to work at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in Washington D.C during summer 2018. At USGBC, I led a project to compile an anthology of 100+ research articles describing the holistic health impacts of green buildings.

I also wrote a review for a guide developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) on a comprehensive approach to designing, building and operating high-performance buildings in developing nations. Additionally, I attended and wrote an article on the Healthy Buildings Roundtable Conference at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Later, I earned the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP BD+C credentials.

Summer 2018

USGBC

Urban Informatics

My team at the Urban Informatics Lab studied the user-experience of building energy management tools by industry professionals.

We tried to understand the factors impacting adoption of data analytics and simulation tools, the barriers to use and the criteria for improvement.

Insights can help improve the user experience and increase adoption of tools.

View the journal paper published by Building and Environment.

Advisors: Professor Rishee Jain, Dr. Zheng Yang

2017-18

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Social Network Analysis

I worked with the design development team at Google Real Estate to understand the project organization structure for their new Sunnyvale expansion. We conducted a social network analysis (SNA) to study relationships at the individual level within Google and at company level with partnering organizations.

We analyzed communication, hierarchy, advice and reliance networks to identify areas of miscommunication and misperceptions. Our insights from the analysis helped to improve workflow for the next design phase.

(The project is under NDA so network graphs are anonymized for privacy reasons).

Team members: Brandon Whitely

Winter 2018

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