Research Projects

Current Research Projects

  • CAREER: CAS- Climate: Improving the Participation of Diverse Residential Buildings in Demand Side Management (Website; News Article)



  • Toolkit for Identification, Characterization and Energy Evaluation of Low-Efficiency Rural Housing (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Iowa Energy Center)


  • Field demonstration of integrating connected lighting, automated shades, and energy storage for flexible building loads (U.S Department of Energy)


  • Responding to the Housing Crisis in the Arctic: A transdisciplinary approach across physical, natural and social systems (National Science Foundation)


  • Adaptive, Multi-Layered Fenestration Elements for Optimum Building Energy Performance and Occupant Comfort (National Science Foundation # 1762592) (Summary)


  • Simulation, Challenge Testing & Validation of Occupancy Recognition & CO2 Technologies (ARPA-E SENSOR program) (Announcement; ISU CoE News; Project Website)


  • Designing and Assessing Curriculum to Address Professional ABET Learning Outcomes for Civil Engineering (National Science Foundation – IUSE)

Completed Research Projects

  • A Framework for Assessing the Impact of Extreme Heat and Drought Climate Scenarios on Urban Energy Production and Consumption (National Science Foundation #1662691) (Summary; ASME News; CCEE News; Ames Tribune)


  • Future growth of diverse demand response resources and their impact on transmission and distribution (Sloan Foundation)


  • Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry in Approaches for Solving Complex, Ill-Structured Problems (National Science Foundation #1712157) (Summary; Project Website)


  • Development of a Smartphone-Based Road Performance Data Collection (Iowa Highway Research Board)


  • Low Cost Rural Surface Alternatives, Phase IV (Iowa Department of Transportation)


  • Self-heating Electrically Conductive Concrete Demonstration (Iowa Department of Transportation)


  • Heated Airport Pavements Task 1-I: Updating FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-17, Airside Use of Heated Pavements (Federal Aviation Administration)


  • Data-driven Assessment of Energy Efficiency Investment Behaviors of Midwest Residential Homeowners (Poster)


  • Energy Efficiency in U.S. Rental Housing: Adoption Rates and Impact on Rent (internal-funding) (Poster)


  • Development of Advanced Construction Strategies for Improved Energy Efficiency of Buildings (Iowa Energy Center)


  • Full-Scale Demonstration of Heated Portland Cement Concrete Pavement System: Energy and Thermodynamic Modeling (Federal Aviation Administration) (Poster)

  • Big Data for Sustainable Cities Decision Making (Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research (PIIR)) (News Article; Website)


  • Full-Scale Testing of Heated Airport Pavements (Federal Aviation Administration)


  • Building Materials for Energy Efficiency: Adaptable Educational Modules (Iowa Energy Center) (Summary)


  • Impact of Using Electric Ground Power Systems on Airport Electricity Demand Profile (Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP))


  • Development of Agricultural-Based Phase Change Materials for Building Applications (Iowa Energy Center)


  • Guide to Life-Cycle Data and Information Sharing Workflow for Transportation Assets (Iowa Department of Transportation)


  • Effect of Dynamic Shading Devices on Daylighting and Energy Performance of Perimeter Zones (ASHRAE 1710-RP) (Poster)


  • Disaggregation and Future Prediction of Residential Building Energy Use through Data-Driven Modeling

Sustainability Analysis of Unpaved Road Construction with Recycled Materials in Council Bluffs, IA (U.S. EPA) (Summary)


  • Residential Building Energy Data Analysis and Modeling (Earth Networks Inc)


  • Appliance Daily Energy Use in Residential Buildings: Use Profiles and Model Development (NSF/Pecan Street Research Institute)


  • Residential HVAC Fault Detection Using Energy Consumption Data (NSF/IBM)


  • Low-Income Multi-Family Housing Energy Use & Feedback (Pecan Street Research Institute)


  • Thermal Comfort Evaluation Methodology for Residential Buildings (NSF)


  • Sea Level Rise – Quantifying Regional Risk Profiles (University of Maryland)