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Farrokh Jazizadeh joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2009 to pursue his PhD degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction Engineering and Management. He earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, 2002 and his master's degree in Civil Engineering-Hydraulic Structures from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2004. He has diverse experience as an infrastructures' consultant since 2002. His research is now focused on developing a framework for energy efficiency improvement in buildings through user interaction.

Current Position : Assistant Professor in Virginia Tech
Website: http://www-scf.usc.edu/~jazizade/
Email: jazizade@usc.edu

Research Interests: application of machine learning in energy efficiency, infrastructure-oriented data sensing, building information modeling, innovative construction engineering education.

 

nanNan Li started his graduate studies at USC towards his PhD degree in Civil Engineering in fall 2009 as a Viterbi fellow. He earned his two bachelor's degrees in Civil Engineering and Economics in Tsinghua University, China. He is now working on real-time indoor localization for building emergency response operations, and building energy conservation using proactive and reactive controls of building systems. Due to his hard work and good number of publications, he was honored the Fiatech student scholarship of 2010 and the department Research Assistant Award of 2011.

Current Position: Assistant Professor in Tsinghua University
Website: http://www-scf.usc.edu/~nanl
Email: nanli@tsinghua.edu.cn

Research Interests: context awareness in built environments, building emergency response operations, building energy management, sensor networks and data mining in civil engineering

 

 

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Shabtai Isaac is an assistant professor of structural engineering at Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel. He holds a Ph.D. (2011) from the Department of Civil Engineering and a Bachelor (2000) from the Department of Architecture, both at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. He will be visiting USC for a year, starting August 2014. His primary research interests are in the application of Operations Research methods to support decisions in the management of construction projects.

Position : Visiting Scholar
Email: isaacsh@bgu.ac.il

Research Interests: 1) Design management; 2) Extreme events; 3) Construction safety.

 

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Eloisa Dezen-Kempter is Associate Professor of Urban Design and Computing for the Built Environment at Faculty of Technology, State University of Campinas, Brazil. She graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil with a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1986 and an M.S.in Urban Studies from Bauhaus University, Germany, in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. in Architectural History (Culture, City and Heritage) in 2011 from State University of Campinas, Brazil. She will be visiting the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for a year, starting August 2014.

Position : Visiting Scholar
Email: edk_482@usc.edu

Research Interests: application of new information and communication technologies and BIM – building information modeling – for renovation and restoration projects of historic buildings. Other interests include applications of sustainability indicators and information technology for construction design process and management.

 

gulbenDr. Gulben Calis's research interest focuses on the use of artificial intelligence techniques in construction tasks which are heavily subject to geometrical, topographical, environmental, technical, project-based, and time-dependent characteristics. She also works on implementation and assessment of indoor localization systems for context-aware applications in construction and facilities management. Dr. Calis received a post-doctoral research scholarship through Turkish Higher Education Council and has worked a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California from Aug 2010 to Aug 2012.

Email: gulben.calis@usc.edu

 


shuaiShuai Li joined USC's Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2010. Shuai comes from Beijing, China where he lived a life as an undergraduate student, swimming captain and local gourmet. In his spare time, Shuai likes cooking, reading, writing and traveling around the world! When he was studying in Tsinghua University, he was trained as a diver under supervision of Fen Yu, the former head coach in Chinese national diving team. Shuai has witnessed the dramatic change and speeding development in China. Last summer, Shuai interned with the contractor who built the Olympic stadium in Beijing. He once also worked at Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading real estate consulting company in the world. At USC, he has started a new page of life working as a scholar majoring in Civil Engineering.  

Degree Achieved: MS in Civil Engineering
Email: shuaili@usc.edu

Research Interests: grand challenges of civil engineering; indoor location sensing in built environments

 

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Chao Tang joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2013 to pursue his M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Safety Engineering in 2012 from Anhui University of Science and Technology, China. After graduation, he worked as an assistant engineer for a large construction design company where he realized the importance of using new technologies in construction industry.

Degree Achieved: M.Sc. in Civil Engineering
Email: chaotang@usc.edu

Research Interests: HVAC energy consumption, human building interaction for energy efficiency

 

 

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Geoffrey Leyian Kavulya joined the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in fall 2010 to pursue his PhD degree in Civil Engineering. Originally from Kenya, Geoffrey earned his B.Arch. degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya and the graduated with Architecture (Masters) from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA . He has worked for RATIO Architects, Inc in Indianapolis, Indiana for four years. As an architect and a LEED AP, his responsibilities involved design, LEED Project Administration and instruction. As a Sustainable Design Advocate, he is a member of mayor's Green CCB team (city of Indianapolis).

Degree Achieved: Engineering Degree
Email: kavulya@usc.edu

Research Interests: human building interactions, adjustable autonomy, energy consumption forecasting, sustainable energy use and efficiency of existing energy management systems

 

jeffLaura Klein graduated from the University of Southern California in Spring 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. She pursued a Master’s of Engineering in Structural Design. Laura is originally from Seattle, WA and now lives in Santa Monica, CA. Throughout her undergraduate career she was heavily involved in student organizations including ASCE, AGC, and Chi Epsilon Honor Society. She also studied abroad in Rome, Italy with the Viterbi School of Engineering and earned her LEED AP.

Degree Achieved: MS in Civil Engineering
Email: lauraakl@usc.edu

Research Interests: building visualization technology, university and facility management applications for BIM, measuring existing building performance, interoperability and IPD, structural/construction optimization methods, reality capture methods

 

francoFranco Moiso Marin joined the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in the 2012 with a special focus on Construction Engineering and Management. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with double major in Physics Engineering and Studio Art from Washington and Lee University, 2012. Noticing the need for energy conservation knowledge in his home country Costa Rica, he decided to pursue further studies in the US. He worked on human building interaction and feedback systems in energy conservation.

Email: moisomar@usc.edu

Research Interests: human-building interaction, specifically energy conservation feedback.


 

kasheAntonio Guevara is an interchange student from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Mexico. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in energy efficiency improvement & construction management. He will be visiting USC for 8 weeks, starting June 2015. Throughout his career he gained experience in consulting projects that involves energy saving as well as make more efficient and cheaper. He is joining i-LAB project of human building interaction for energy efficiency.

Degree Pursued: Visiting Student
Email: antonio.guevara 9010@gmail.com

Research Interests: human-building interaction, sustainable buildings, energy efficient and environmental building design, ergonomics (comfort)

 

kasheXuewen Quan joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2012 to pursue her M.Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Construction and Management. Xuewen earned her double bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Shandong Jianzhu University, China. She is involved in the Construction Management Association of American and the Laser Scanner Research under Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber.

Degree Pursued: M.Sc. in Civil Engineering
Email: xuewenqu@usc.edu

Research Interests: building energy management, building information modeling

 

 

kasheAlexander Coco joined the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2012 to pursue his BS degree in astronautical engineering. Alex is a member of USC's Rocket Propulsion Lab as a member of the recovery team and, over the past year, worked under Dr. Kunc on the structures team of Project LEAPFROG, an undergraduate research group hoping to build a prototype lunar lander. Now as a part of i-Lab, Alex hopes to combine his love for space with 3D modeling and virtual reality software to better the training and research sectors of the space industry.

Degree Pursued: BS in Astronautical Engineering
Email: acoco@usc.edu

Research Interests: rocket propulsion, rocket recovery systems, alternative energy technologies, virtual reality applications in training and research

 

 

kasheSamantha Kaplan is pursuing her BS in Mechanical Engineering through the Viterbi School of Engineering, and she is minoring in Cinematic Arts and Science Visualization, both a part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. On campus, she is involved as a Viterbi Student Ambassador, as a member of the executive board for Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, and as an active member of the professional cinema fraternity, Delta Kappa Alpha. Samantha is honored to be a Merit Research Scholar within Viterbi, and is happy to be working with such an exciting group.

Degree Pursued: BS in Mechanical Engineering
Email: slkaplan@usc.edu

Research Interests: interactive Environments, 3D Modeling

 

 

kasheAlexandre Muller is currently a undergraduate student in Civil Engineering from Brazilian Mobility Program. He started his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina - Brazil. Alexandre participated in some academic activities such as Civil Engineering Pilot Office and Choice Social Business Movement. In addition, he worked as a internship designer for UFSC Architectural Lab where he was involved in a college building project. Alexandre currently works as an undergraduate researcher in iLab as part of an RIEGL LiDAR research.

Degree Pursued: BS in Civil Engineering
Email: mullerfi@usc.edu

Research Interests: building information modeling

 

 

kasheNicole Ludena joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in the Fall 2012 to pursue her BS degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural. Nicole attended South High School in Torrance, CA. Nicole participated in several extra curricular activites in high school such as cross country, track and field, student council, and CSF. Nicole continues to pursue her leadership skills being in involved in the Torrance Youth Council, Alpha Omega Epsilon (Engineering Professional Sorority), and the Trojan Marching Band. Nicole has worked along side the Ph.D students and faculty in the Civil Engineering department since her participation in USC Center of Engineering Diversity Summer Institute conducting research on energy efficiency. Nicole currently works as an undergraduate researcher in iLab as part of an NSF REU program

Degree Pursued: BS in Civil Engineering (Structure)
Email: nludena@usc.edu

Research Interests: 3D visualization, energy efficiency

 

kasheMichelle Munoz joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in the Fall 2012 to pursue her BS degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural. Throughout high school , Michelle participated in various athletic and academic activities such as soccer, tennis, CSF, National Honor Society, and the Northrop Grumman WORTHY program. Michelle continues to be involved at USC through the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Alpha Omega Epsilon, and working for Viterbi Graduate Admissions. Furthermore, Michelle part took in the USC Center of Engineering Diversity Summer Institute where she researched energy efficiency for commercial buildings under Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber and lab mentor Farrokh Jazizadeh. Michelle currently works as an undergraduate researcher in iLab as part of an NSF REU program

Degree Pursued: BS in Civil Engineering (Structure)
Email: munozmf@usc.edu

Research Interests: energy efficient and environmental building design, human building interactions, and information visualization

 

 

simranGursimran Rooprai has joined the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in the fall 2009 to pursue his graduate studies in the Green Technology (GRNT). Originally from New Delhi, India, he earned his undergraduate degree in Electronics Instrumentation and Control engineering, from Thapar University, Patiala. Realizing the potential of renewable energy and growing problems related to climate change in his country, he planned to pursue his masters education at USC. Presently, he is working with the Environmental Health & Safety Dept., in building the campus Greenhouse Gas emission inventory. Simran enjoys cooking traditional Indian food, listening Sufi music, and playing squash during his free time.

Degree Achieved: MS in Green Technology (GRNT)
Email: rooprai@usc.edu

Research Topics: understanding sustainable practices; building sustainable and energy efficient buildings.

 

kentDavid Kent has been working in the construction industry for almost eight years.  Initially, it was his desire to study architecture and design, but while working for a contractor to put himself through school, he developed a greater interest in the hands-on execution of projects in the field.  He worked as a carpenter in the residential sector for about five years and upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, started working as a field engineer for a construction management firm in Los Angeles.  His industry experience has proved to be an invaluable asset as he pursued his graduate degree in construction management. He graduated in May 2009.

Degree Achieved: Master of Construction Management
Email: dkent@usc.edu

Research Topics: integrated project delivery (IPD) and its applications, acceptance and use in the construction industry

 

kimEdward Kim is a master’s candidate in Construction Management and went to USC during his undergraduate studies.  He is currently working in the construction field as a Project Engineer.  Some of the previous projects he has worked on were the following: a structural steel science lab, a mixed-use residential mid-rise LEED building, and a structural steel wax museum.  He was a member of the 2nd Place ASC Sparks Competition Graduate Team 2008.

Degree Achieved: Masters in Construction Management
Email: edwardkimjr@hotmail.com

Research Topics: analysis between sustainable building, sustainable design performance, and end user comfort levels.

 

samaraSamara Rice received a BA in Economics and a BA in Spanish Business from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and then went on to work in the jewelry field for five years. After experiencing the manufacturing side of the industry, she decided to move on to 'manufacturing' something more functional and conventionally applicable.

Degree Achieved: Masters of Construction Management
Email: samarari@usc.edu

Research Topics: The return on investment of building information modeling from the owner's perspective. Developing a methodology that will be widely applicable across the industry to a variety of projects.  This methodology defines where the major costs are expended and where and how the owner recoups the expenditures.

 

camillaCamilla Adams pursued a bachelor’s degree in the School of Policy, Planning and Development.  While pursuing her degree, Camilla has worked as a construction management intern since 2007 on new school construction for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Camilla passed the LEED AP exam in December 2008 and will continue to pursue sustainable construction projects.  She is an active member in Alpha Chi Omega and is originally from Camarillo, California.  Camilla enjoys swimming, playing tennis, and golfing. 

Degree Achieved: Bachelor’s Science Policy, Planning, and Development, Real Estate Development
Minor: Construction Planning and Management
Email: Camillaa@usc.edu

Research Topics: status of current BIM education in architecture, engineering, construction management programs

 

rezaReza Ghassemi studied civil engineering with an emphasis in construction management. He has been involved with American General Contractor (AGC) and served as a Board of member (VP of Finance) in USC Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). He was the recipient of McNair Scholar research program. His research interests included overcoming barriers when applying IPD, and collaborative use of building information modeling. He enjoys swimming, soccer, and traveling in his spare time.

Degree Achieved: Bachelor's Science Civil Engineering
Email: rghassemi@usc.edu

 

kasheEvan Rosca joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2012 to pursue his BS degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in environmental. Evan attended Moanalua High School in Honolulu, HI. During his high school career, Evan participated in student government, National Honor Society, and competed nationally in swimming. At USC, he is involved in Trojan Judo Club, USC Hawaii Club, and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). Evan is involved in building information visualization and organic geochemical research at USC.

Degree Pursued: BS in Civil Engineering (Environmental)
Email: erosca@usc.edu

Research Interests: information visualization, energy efficient and environmental building design, building sustainability

 

kasheTedman Tran joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2011 to pursue his BS in Civil Engineering. He attended Nogales High School in La Puente, CA. At USC, Tedman is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Nuclear Safety Research Team under Dr. Najmedin Meshkati. He earned his LEED AP BD+C credential in December 2012.

Degree Pursued: BS in Civil Engineering
Email: tedmantr@usc.edu

Research Interests: sustainable infrastructure, green building practices, construction management, human-building-technology interaction

 

 

kasheEstevan Rodriguez joined USC Viterbi School of Engineering in Fall 2010 to pursue his BS in Civil Engineering. He attended Whitney High School in Cerritos, CA. At USC, Estevan is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Degree Pursued: BS in Civil Engineering
Email: estevanr@usc.edu

Research Interests: building information modeling, 3D visualization, and project delivery methods.

Research Topics: Improving productivity through the application of lean production, information and automation technologies; Integration in construction, IPD, using BIM to support information for supply chain integration and automated prefabrication and fabrication systems.