Schneider Fellowship

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

Hybrid Physical + Digital Spaces

I am currently working as a research assistant for the Catalyst project Hybrid Physical and Digital Spaces at Stanford University. This is a multi-disciplinary initiative with experts from architecture, human-computer interaction, psychology, medicine, and law. We are trying to understand how building design and technology impact occupant wellbeing. We hope to design digital and physical adaptations that support occupant performance, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviors and can be easily employed in building design and management.

Urban Informatics

 

Course
Independent Research

Duration
1 year

Team
Dr. Rishee Jain, Dr. Zheng Yang

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

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.

2017-18

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Social Network Analysis

Course
Organization Design

Duration
10 weeks

Team
Brandon Whitely

My partner and I worked with the Design Development team at Google to understand the project organization for their new Sunnyvale expansion. We conducted a social network analysis to study relationships at the individual 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).

Winter 2018

 

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