The Big Picture:

My primary research goal is to create smart buildings that can be safer, more sustainable and reliable than existing buildings.  A smart building reacts to external and internal conditions to provide building functions efficiently.  Weather, energy crisis, earthquakes, and other natural/man-made concerns are dynamic events best addressed by adjustable solutions, especially during long building cycles.  Additionally, I am interested in studying civil infrastructure and its interdependence with buildings.  Buildings rely on the infrastructure system to provide power, water, transportation, etc. while being the biggest consumer of infrastructural resources (for instance, buildings consume 71% of electricity in the US).  Advancements in smart (reactive) technologies related to buildings and infrastructures will have a synergistic impact on their performance and sustainability.


Research projects include: