2016 Symposium Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Name: Michelle Addington

Title: Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design

Affiliation: Yale University

Bio: Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University School of Architecture, is educated as both an architect and engineer whose teaching and research explore energy systems, advanced materials and new technologies. Building on her dissertation research on the discrete control of boundary layer heat transfer using micro-machines, she has extended her work to defining the strategic relationships between the differing scales of energy phenomena and the possible actions from the domain of building construction. Her articles and chapters on energy, system design, HVAC, lighting and advanced materials have appeared in several journals, and books, and she co-authored “Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions,” and just recently published ”Emerging Technologies.” Her engineering background includes work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and she spent a decade at Dupont as a process design and power plant engineer.

Presentation Title: Technological pasts and futures

Abstract: The technological environment has evolved at an unprecedented rate since the turn of the 21st century, but the environmental technologies themselves have changed little since the turn of the 20th century. We have a stunning collection of tools and devices that have changed every aspect of our relationship with the things that surround us, but the relationship of our body with its surrounding environment remains unchanged. It is the very maintenance of that energy intensive surrounding environment that consumes the lion’s share of energy.

Why has architecture been on the leading edge of embracing advanced technologies for modeling, fabricating, and interfacing with our built environments but paid so little attention to the conception and creation of the human environment? Why are so many of our technologies constrained conceptually? What technologies would we develop if we could reimagine our environment?

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Name: Jennifer Gerbi

Title: Program Director

Affiliation: ARPA-E

Bio: Dr. Jennifer Gerbi currently serves as Program Director at ARPA-E, where her interests include improving energy efficiency and management via advanced sensing systems, localized heating and cooling, and renewable energy generation via photovoltaics. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Gerbi worked at Dow Corning and The Dow Chemical Company in multiple capacities. From 2007 to 2011, Gerbi served as a Senior Materials Scientist at Dow, developing CIGS photovoltaics for rooftop shingles. At Dow Corning, she was a Program Leader and Business Builder in the company’s Business and Technology Incubator for both photovoltaics and storage. In Gerbi’s most recent role at Dow Corning, she led an electronics application engineering and development team, working directly with large global customers to enable electronics solutions in consumer and crossover healthcare markets. Dr. Gerbi holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia.

Presentation Title: ARPA-E: Saving Energy Outside the Box

Abstract: ARPA-E is a high-risk, high-reward agency, which aims to develop programs in challenging areas where impact will be extremely significant. Here the DELTA program will be described, which aims to reduce energy usage by locally heating or cooling people vs buildings. This program includes multiple modalities to achieve this, including phase change material based cooling systems and smart fabrics. Finally, a discussion of the agency overall will be presented, plus additional potential program ideas.

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Name: Gurdip Singh

Title: Associate Dean for Research

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Dr. Gurdip Singh is the Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Previously, he was a Program Director in the Division of Computer and Network Systems in the CISE Directorate at National Science Foundation. His program management duties included the following programs: Cyber-Physical Systems, Computer Systems Research, Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes, Partnership for Innovation, and Research Coordination Networks. From 2009 and 2014, he was the Head of Computer Science Department at Kansas State University. His research interests include real-time embedded systems, sensor networks, network protocols and distributed computing. His research has been funded by NSF, ARO, DARPA, Lockheed Martin and other industrial partners. He has been involved in developing software tools to design large-scale, distributed safety critical systems.

Presentation Title: Perspectives on Smart and Connected Communities and Cyber-Physical Systems

Abstract: Development of Smart and Connected Communities (SCC) will require novel approaches to design efficient and adaptable infrastructure systems. In addition, to provide resilient services, the interactions and interdependence of infrastructure systems in different domains (e.g., energy, transportation, and public health) must be addressed. A number of programs at NSF such as the Cyber-Physical Systems program, the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes program, and the Partnership for Innovation: Broadening Innovation Capacity program are supporting the development of technologies to support SCC. In this presentation, we provide an overview of these programs, and focus on their multidisciplinary nature. We will discuss synergies between these programs and other emerging areas such as Internet of Things, and their focus on building partnerships between academia, industry and state/local government entities.

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Name: Skylar Tibbits

Title: Director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT

Affiliation: MIT

Bio: Skylar Tibbits, Director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, is a trained Architect, Designer, Computer Scientist and Artist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly and programmable material technologies for our built environment. Skylar is currently a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Architecture, teaching graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaching How to Make (Almost) Anything, a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab. Skylar was recently awarded a 2013 Architecture League Prize, TED Senior Fellowship and has been named a Revolutionary Mind in SEED Magazine’s 2008 Design Issue. Previously, he has worked at a number of renowned design offices including: Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture and Point b Design. He has designed and built large-scale installations around the world, including locations in New York, Philadelphia, Paris, Calgary, Berlin, Frankfurt, Long Beach, Edinburgh and Cambridge. He has also exhibited work at prestigious institutions, including; The Guggenheim Museum NY, the Beijing Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture and lectured at MoMA and SEED Media Group’s MIND08 Conference. He has been published extensively online and in print outlets such as the New York Times, Wired, Nature, Fast Company, various peer-reviewed journals and books including: Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture, Digital Architecture, Testing to Failure, Scripting Cultures and Form + Code. As a guest critic, Skylar has guest lectured at schools around the world including; The University of Pennsylvania, The Institute for Computational Design, The Architectural Association, Pratt Institute and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Skylar has a Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree and minor in experimental computation from Philadelphia University. Continuing his education at MIT, he received a Masters of Science in Design + Computation and a Masters of Science in Computer Science under the guidance of advisors; Patrick Winston, Neil Gershenfeld, Erik Demaine and Terry Knight.

Skylar is also the founder and principal of a multidisciplinary architecture, art and design practice, SJET LLC. Started in 2007 as platform for experimental computation and design, SJET has grown into a research-based practice crossing disciplines from architecture, design, sculpture, fabrication, computer science, toys to robotics.

Presentation Title: Self-Assembly & Programmable Materials

Abstract: 3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s. TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing: where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.

In this keynote, Tibbits explains how we are now able to program nearly everything-from bits of DNA, proteins, cells, and proto-cells; to products, architecture, and infrastructure. Programmability and computing are becoming ubiquitous across scales and disciplines. Tibbits shows us how soon these small-scale technologies will translate into solutions for large-scale self-assembly and new programmable products.

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Name: Fei Wang

Title: Assistant Professor / MS Program Coordinator

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Fei Wang is an architect, educator and critic. He is an assistant professor of architecture and Coordinator of M.S. Architecture Program at Syracuse University. He is a founder of Shanghai and Syracuse based interdisciplinary studio FWStudio. His design and research work has been recognized with numerous research and design awards, and have been exhibited worldwide, including Universität der Künste Berlin, Aedes Galerie in Berlin, Venice Biennale, McGill University, Shenzhen Biennale and Beijing Design Week. He has lectured at numerous design and art institutions, including Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, SALT Istanbul, National University of La Plata, Jerusalem Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Cincinnati Art Museum, Princeton University, University of Michigan, University of Hong Kong, South China University, Southeast University, and Tongji University. His writings appear in Time+Architecture, Domus, The Plan, Mark, Urban Flux, Urbanism Architecture, Thresholds, AREA, among others. He is a columnist and a guest editor of Time+Architecture. His co-edited book Inter-Views: Trends of Architectural and Urbanism Institutions in North America and Europe is published by China Building Press, and Poetics of Construction, The Discourse of Tectonics in Contemporary China, vol1, 2 is published by Tongji University Press.

Presentation Title: Design Energy Futures

Abstract: During the past three decades, China’s dramatic population growth and rapid urban development have resulted in extremely high carbon emission rates, which have caused great harm to the environment. Among the most promising strategies for dealing with these conditions has been the planning and development of more than 300 Low Carbon Cities across China. Shenzhen Low Carbon City has become one of the most important urban FUTURES in China and a living prototype and model for low carbon development of underdeveloped urban areas in China and in the world. This talk features nine architecture prototypes, nine architecture FUTURES proposed for Shenzhen Low Carbon City. These nine FUTURES are selected from research and design explorations conducted as a part of the Syracuse Architecture M.S. Postgraduate Program, DESIGN ENERGY FUTURES. These nine FUTURES are prototypes, real and imagined DESIGNS that pose questions and offer provisional ENERGY solutions for the Low Carbon City Shenzhen, among the most important urban FUTURES being developed in the world today.

Session Presenters

Name: City of Syracuse Innovation Team

Team Members: Varun Adibhatla, Sam Edelstein, Adria Finch, Andrew Maxwell, Jonnell Robinson

Title: Office of Innovation

Affiliation: City of Syracuse

Bio: In May 2015, the City of Syracuse formed an Innovation Team (i-team) funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, and worked to develop a series of initiatives to improve its infrastructure. The i-team adopted an advanced, nontraditional, and multidisciplinary approach to improve its systems. Singular focus and creativity allowed them to explore new ideas and imaginative models for advancing Syracuse’s infrastructure. One of the i-team’s initiatives involved partnering with ARGO Labs which started at NYU’s Center of Urban Science and Progress. Varun Adibhatla from Argo Labs will be joining the i-team in this presentation and has spent the past 12 years interpreting and implementing technology in various domains, from decision support systems for crisis response, to supporting high frequency & algorithmic trading at large banks.

Presentation Title: Innovation for Municipal Infrastructure

Abstract: The City of Syracuse has been suffering from infrastructure challenges for years. The Innovation Team (i-team) formed in May 2015 and immediately worked to develop initiatives that would positively impact Syracuse’s infrastructure. After progressing through a four step Innovation Delivery Approach, the i-team has developed a series of infrastructure initiatives that were recently rolled out. These initiatives were mostly low-cost, scalable solutions that could be replicated in other cities, and worked to address the City’s water mains, sewers, and roads. Several of the initaitives involved using data and technology in new ways.

One of the initiatives involved partnering with Argo Labs in New York City to deploy the Street Quality Identification Device (SQUID) in the spring of 2016. The SQUID is a low cost camera and accelerometer apparatus that was attached to a City vehicle which drove throughout Syracuse. The accelerometer measured the bumpiness of roads while the camera took a picture of the road every second. The data from SQUID was used to identify which roads were the roughest and which roads where the smoothest. Additionally the photos provided documentation of the ride, so that if any measurements or locations resulted in questions, the photos could be referenced to learn about what was happening in the road at specific locations. This data has already proven useful in identifying some of the roads with the best and worst ride, but eventually it will also be incorporated into an updated road rating system.

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Name: Amber Bartosh

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Amber Bartosh is a LEED-accredited architect and interior designer who has designed and managed award-winning in the United States, China, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Following her cum laude double major in Art and Architecture at Rice University she went on to graduate work in the M.Arch2 program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Amber is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture. She is a Syracuse Center of Excellence Faculty Fellow and a researcher in the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL). Her work focuses on the architectural application of emergent materials through physical prototyping and advanced visualization technologies including virtual reality simulation.

Presentation Title: Physical, Digital, and Virtual Prototyping of Emergent Materials for Building Envelopes

Abstract: Thermo-Chromic Valve wall integrates the design, simulation, and prototype testing of next-generation building envelope systems. Supported by the Syracuse Center of Excellence, this work builds on existing design research between the Syracuse School of Architecture and the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute for the transfer of shape memory polymers to architectural applications for variable thermal control and light transmittance at the building envelope. Performance is tested through physical prototypes and advanced digital modeling analysis. In collaboration with the CoE Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL) a full-scale virtual reality environment visually conveys a dynamic experiential condition of both the system and its energy implications.

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Name: David Blum

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Bio: David Blum is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on the development and implementation of next-generation computational tools for buildings operating in isolation or within broader energy networks. The majority of this work is applied to model predictive control (MPC), where a building performance model is used to coordinate occupant service and energy network interactions. David received his B.A.E degree from the Department of Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and his M.S. and PhD degrees in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and 2016 respectively. At MIT, his research focused on improving the use of commercial building HVAC systems to provide electric grid ancillary services. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Presentation Title: Demand Response with Next-Generation Building Modeling and Control

Abstract: Demand response is widely considered to play an important role in future electric grids and other district energy networks. Accordingly, over the last decade, it has expanded from its roots in peak load reduction to include load shifting, spinning reserve provision, frequency regulation, voltage control, and distributed energy management. In the U.S. and Europe, buildings account for approximately three-quarters of electricity consumption and can, therefore, be a significant source of demand response. Additionally, recent research and development of next-generation building modeling and control technologies look to greatly advance the automated control of building energy systems, including the service they provide to occupants and their responsiveness to district energy network operations. One such advancement is commonly called model predictive control (MPC). This presentation will discuss the role MPC can play in helping buildings provide demand response to electric grids, value to building owners, and service to building occupants.

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Name: Peter Cappers

Title: Research Scientist

Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Bio: Peter Cappers, a Research Scientist and Deputy Group Leader at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has conducted research for the past 15 years into demand response, utility business model, and renewable energy policy issues. At present, he is completing the analysis of eleven Smart Grid Investment Grant projects which agreed to undertake experimentally-designed consumer behavior studies of time-based rates in order to address a number of outstanding policy issue. Prior to joining LBNL, he worked for Neenan Associates where he helped to quantify customer price response to both dynamic retail rates and wholesale demand response programs, and their subsequent impact on wholesale market prices, price volatility, and service reliability. Mr. Cappers received a B.A. in 1997 from Syracuse University in Mathematics and Economics, and a M.S. in 2005 from Cornell University in Applied Economics.

Presentation Title: Experience with Residential TOU Retail Electric Rates

Abstract: Ninety-eight percent of residential customers in the U.S. take electricity service under flat or inclining block rates despite having been offered a time-based rate (e.g., time-of-use) on a voluntary opt-in basis. With increasingly broad penetration of interval meters as part of utility investments in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) over the past 15 years, time-based rates can now be considered as the default rate design. In order to inform the debate about the claimed benefits and risks of transitioning residential customers to a time-of-use (TOU) rate design as the default, this presentation will describe results emanating from an analysis of an electric utility pricing study which utilized a true experimental design and included residential customers who (1) volunteered for, or (2) were defaulted into, a TOU rate in order to quantify the differences between these two recruitment methods in terms of adoption, retention, and response to a TOU rate.

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Name: Steve J. Chapin

Title: Associate Professor

Affiliation: Department of EECS, Syracuse University

Bio: Steve Chapin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. His research interests encompass multiple areas within distributed computer systems and security, including building systems with formally verifiable security properties. He has published more than 70 refereed papers in computer systems and security. Prior to coming to SU, he served on the faculty at the University of Virginia. He received his MS and PhD in Computer Sciences from Purdue University, and dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Heidelberg University (nee Heidelberg College). He is building an EV in his garage.

Presentation Title: Security Implications of Distributed, Bidirectional Power Grids

Abstract: The electric grid is being transformed from a one-way channel delivering electricity from centralized power plants to customers at set prices, to a distributed grid with two-way flows of information and electricity. New, significant demands (such as electric vehicle charging) and sources of production (such as rooftop solar and small-scale wind farms) are leading to the formation of new markets to manage the emerging smart grid. This talk will explore the security requirements and implications of this evolving system.

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Name: Loic Chappoz

Title: Project Manager

Affiliation: NYSERDA

Bio: Loic Chappoz joined the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Multifamily team as a Project Manager in 2014. Loic focuses primarily on the development of market oriented strategies to help low-to-moderate income multifamily buildings become more energy efficient. Prior to his work with NYSERDA, Loic worked as an independent consultant on energy efficiency policies in France, as a fuel efficiency specialist in the airline industry, and as a commercial pilot for ten years. Loic Chappoz holds a Master of International Affairs in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, and was a visiting student at Columbia University in New York City.

Presentation Title: Leaping to net-zero energy futures for existing buildings

Abstract: A Dutch consortium of builders, suppliers, municipalities and financiers has demonstrated how existing residential buildings can be transformed to become net-zero energy via turn-key whole-building retrofits that are completed within a few days. Presentations in this session will describe the “Energiesprong (Energy Leap)” model, and explain how NYSERDA is using a similar approach to transform the multifamily housing sector across New York state.

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Name: Paul Chiarot

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: SUNY at Binghamton

Bio: Dr. Chiarot received the BASc, MASc, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. From 2008 to 2009, he was a post doctoral research associate at the University of Rochester. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2011. Dr. Chiarot has published over twenty papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and he has one issued US patent. Along with his collaborators, his research is supported by the NSF, ACS, NIH, and industry. Dr. Chiarot received the NSF CAREER Award in 2016.

Presentation Title: Synthetic Asymmetric Vesicles Built Using Continuous Microfluidic Technology

Abstract: Membrane vesicles are spherical structures comprised of a single lipid bilayer enclosing an aqueous cavity. In nature, vesicles carry out many important functions in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. Synthetic vesicles can serve as excellent model systems in membrane biology studies and as delivery vehicles for pharmaceuticals. However, when preparing vesicles artificially, it is difficult to simultaneously control membrane asymmetry, vesicle size, unilamellarity, throughput, and monodispersity. Membrane asymmetry is of particular importance as it is a feature of nearly all natural membranes. We created a microfluidic strategy to build asymmetric vesicles with customized membrane composition, size, and luminal content at high-throughput. Our method can yield membrane asymmetries as high as 95%, which is maintained at a high-degree for over 30 hours. In addition, over 80% of the vesicles remain stable for at least 6 weeks. The synthetic vesicles were used to discover the effects of lipid bilayer asymmetry on the mechanical properties of biological membranes. We found that the bending and area expansion moduli of the synthetic asymmetric bilayers were up to 50% larger than the values acquired for symmetric bilayers.

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Name: Junho Chun

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Junho Chun received a B.S in Architectural Engineering from Hanyang University, Korea, in 2006 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He joined the Chicago branch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), LLP, an architectural and engineering firm in 2007 and worked as a structural engineer for 3 years. He participated in projects around the world including 510-meter Busan Lotte Town Tower in Korea; 303-meter Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Jiangxi, China; 303-meter Ninth Avenue Tower in New York, USA as well as the international design competition for 640-meter Digital Media City Tower in Seoul, Korea. In 2010, he joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering in University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and received his Ph.D. in 2016. Dr. Chun’s research interests include structural design and topology optimization under natural hazards, random vibrations, systematic treatment of uncertainty, reliability & risk analysis, and resilient infrastructure design.

Presentation Title: Topology optimization frameworks for the design of structures subjected to random excitations

Abstract: Structural optimization aims to develop a design that provides the best performance while satisfying given design constraints. One of the most fundamental requirements on building structures is to withstand various uncertain loads such as earthquake ground motions, wind loads, and ocean waves. The design of structures, therefore, needs to ensure safe and reliable operations over a prolonged period of time considering randomness of excitations caused by hazardous events. Despite rapid technological advances, incorporating stochastic response of structures into structural design and topology optimization is considered a relatively new field of research mainly due to computational challenges. In order to overcome such technical challenges in this field, we introduce a new method for incorporating random vibration theories into optimization using a discrete representation method for stochastic processes. Furthermore, a novel formulation is developed for sensitivity analysis of dynamic responses in order to use gradient-based optimization algorithms for the proposed structural design and topology optimization employing the discrete representation method.

Name: Andrea Feldpausch-Parker

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: SUNY-ESF

Bio: My research is centered in communication and environmental decision-making. I am interested in natural resources and environmental conservation involving communication and cooperative learning among scientists, policy-makers, industry and impacted communities. My current focus is on energy as it relates to climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, though my interests extend out to related issues (e.g. natural resources management and policy and environmental social movements/campaigns).

Presentation Title: Smart Grid Electricity System Planning Post-Superstorm Sandy: Analysis of Climate and Energy Discourse

Abstract: Superstorm Sandy hit the northeastern United States in October 2012, knocking out power to 10 million people and highlighting energy and critical infrastructure system vulnerabilities in the face of climate change. The increased frequency and intensity of such disruptive events is changing priorities in electricity system planning and influencing how multiple stakeholders consider linkages between climate change and energy. This research assesses post-Sandy discourse to compare how electricity sector stakeholder groups in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont associate energy, smart grid, and climate change. We conducted 22 focus groups with organizations representing diverse aspects of the electricity system including utilities, regulatory authorities, research and development agencies, regional transmission organizations, academic research institutions, consumer advocacy and environmental organizations across the three states. We used these data to examine post-Sandy discourse about climate mitigation and climate adaptation, routine system management, and the potential value of “smart grid” for future energy system planning.

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Name: James T. Gallagher

Title: Executive Director

Affiliation: New York State Smart Grid Consortium

Bio: James T. Gallagher is the Executive Director of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium and has over 35 years of energy policy and industry experience. Gallagher oversees the Consortium and its members as they work toward broad statewide implementation of a safe, secure, and reliable smart grid to modernize New York’s energy infrastructure. Prior to joining the Consortium, Gallagher served as Senior Manager for Strategic Planning at the New York Independent System Operator and as Director of Energy Policy for the City of New York where he was the lead energy advisor to the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prior to joining the City, he was Director of the Office of Electricity and Environment for the New York Public Service Commission, where he enjoyed a 21 year career, and held senior energy policy positions at Northeast Utilities, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Energy Council, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Presentation Title: Grid Modernization in New York – Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: New York State has been making substantial progress in modernizing its power grid to incorporate advanced smart grid technologies, but much more needs to be done. The primary drivers of this progress include the need to replace aging infrastructure, the need to better engage customers, and the need to achieve the objectives of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision Proceeding, also known as REV. The presentation will focus on the overall objectives of the REV proceeding, and what the initiative means to utilities and their customers in terms of changing functions, capabilities and potential new services.

Name: Peter Huang

Title: Associate Professor

Affiliation: Binghamton University

Bio: Dr. Huang received his BA (2000) in physics from Cornell University, and his MS (2003) and PhD (2007) degrees in engineering from Brown University. He subsequently received postdoctoral research training in biomedical engineering at Tufts University. Dr. Huang has authored numerous research articles and book chapters on image-based velocimetry techniques and nanoscale transport phenomena. His current research interests encompass the field of micro- and nanofluidics, including optical sensing techniques, micro- and nanoscale mass transport, lab-on-a-chip systems for biomedical applications, and physiological transport phenomena. Dr. Huang is a member of the ASME, the APS and the ASEE, and was the topic organizer for the Microfluidics Forum at the ASME IMECE 2009-2011.

Presentation Title: Development and characterization of a 3D microfluidic device to study endothelial to mesenchymal transformation mechanobiology

Abstract: Endothelial cells line all blood-contacting surfaces of the circulatory system and are able to sense and respond to mechanical and biochemical signals in the blood, such as shear stress and inflammatory molecules, respectively. Endothelial to mesenchymal transformation (EndMT) begins when a subset of endothelial cells delaminate from the cell monolayer, lose cell-cell contact, and develop an invasive and migratory tendency. The transformed cells that result from EndMT are involved in embryonic tissue development, in adult tissue homeostasis such as wound healing, and in adult pathologies including cancer metastasis, cardiac fibrosis, and calcific aortic valve disease. We developed and characterized a three-dimensional microfluidic device to recreate physiological cell micro-environments in the extracellular matrix (ECM). Using this device, we studied the role of combined steady fluid shear stress magnitudes and transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) on EndMT. Our results show that both low shear stress and TGF-β1 induce EndMT, but this process can be prevented by exposure to physiologically relevant high shear stress.

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Name: Lydia Kallipolliti

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bio: Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and historian, currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research is presented in a variety of media including exhibitions, online digital platforms, lexicons, writing and experimental workshops, so as to reveal unknown histories of the intersection of cybernetic and ecological theories in the twentieth century to a wider audience.

Kallipoliti is the recipient of numerous awards most notably, a silver medal in the W3 awards for digital innovation in environmental awareness, an honor at the 14th Webby Awards, a Grant from the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council for the Arts, a prize from the Shenzhen Biennale, the Lawrence Anderson Award for the creative documentation of architectural history, and the High Meadows Sustainability Fund.

Her work has been published in magazines including Log, AD, Praxis, Domus, Future Anterior, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, Architecture Theory Review, Pidgin, The Journal of Architectural Education and several books. Kallipoliti is the founder of EcoRedux (www.ecoredux.com), an innovative online open–source educational resource documenting the history of ecological experimentation. She is also the curator of the homonymous exhibition, which has been traveled globally and the editor of a special issue of Architectural Design magazine. Her most recent project is “Closed Worlds”, an exhibition that opened at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in February 2016 and was reviewed by Wired magazine, Dissegno Daily, The Obsever, ViCE the Creator’s Project and the Architect’s Newspaper. Kallipoliti holds a SMArchS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University.

Presentation Title: Closed Worlds

Abstract:  What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each was conceived as a closed system: a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that does not allow for the transfer of matter or energy.

The history of twentieth-century architecture, design, and engineering has been strongly linked to the conceptualization and production of closed systems. As partial reconstructions of the world in time and in space, closed systems identify and secure the cycling of materials necessary for the sustenance of life. Contemporary discussions about global warming, recycling, and sustainability have emerged as direct conceptual constructs related to the study and analysis of closed systems.

From the space program to countercultural architectural groups experimenting with autonomous living, this lecture on Closed Worlds documents a disciplinary transformation and the rise of a new environmental consensus in the form of a synthetic naturalism, where the laws of nature and metabolism are displaced from the domain of wilderness to the domain of cities and buildings. While these ideas derive from a deeply rooted fantasy of architecture producing nature, Closed Worlds displays their integration into the very fabric of reality in our contemporary cities and buildings.

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Name: H. Ezzat Khalifa

Title: NYSTAR Distinguished Professor

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Dr. H. Ezzat Khalifa is NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, where he teaches topics in thermo-fluid dynamics and energy conversion, and conducts research on distributed environmental control, and high-efficiency power & cooling for data centers. He has 50 years of experience in R&D of energy conversion and environmental control systems. Before joining SU, he was the Director of the Carrier R&D Program at UTRC, where he was responsible for planning and executing a diversified portfolio of R&D in innovative environmental control and energy conversion technologies. Prior to this, Dr. Khalifa served as the Director of Engineering for the Carrier Carlyle Compressor Division where he oversaw all aspects of the development and reliability of vapor compressors. Dr. Khalifa holds 9 patents, is author/coauthor of over 125 papers and is co-author and co-editor of “Sourcebook on the Production of Electricity from Geothermal Energy”. Dr. Khalifa holds a Ph.D. in Thermodynamics & Fluid Dynamics from Brown University. He is Fellow of ASME, and ASHRAE, and member of AIAA, APS, and Sigma Xi.

Presentation Title: Micro Environmental Control Systems

Abstract: Buildings account for nearly 40% of the US annual energy consumption, much of which is for HVAC equipment. Research by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley indicates that over ~20% of the US energy used for HVAC could be saved if the thermostat set-point range is widened by ±4°F in the summer and winter respectively. However, doing so will result in increased thermal dissatisfaction among the building occupants and a possible loss of productivity. This energy savings can be realized if local thermal management systems (LTMS) are employed to provide a comfortable thermal conditions in the occupant’s personal micro environment. The US DOE ARPA-E estimates that if such LTMS are used widely across the US, nearly 15% of the energy used for building HVAC could be saved. This is equivalent to an annual savings of 1.8 quads (1015 Btu). In this presentation, we introduce a novel, micro environmental control systems (µX) that is designed to provide ~60W of cooling efficiently to a seated office occupant, and highlight its design and performance attributes.

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Name: Philseok Kim

Title: CTO 

Affiliation: SLIPS Technologies, Inc.

Bio: Dr. Philseok Kim, a co-inventor of the SLIPS technology and a co-founder and CTO of the company with the same name, has been a key contributor to the development of SLIPS through various collaborations with industrial partners and the government, and has been leading commercialization of SLIPS for energy-efficient cooling equipment, non-toxic biofouling-impeding marine paints, coatings for industrial release and containers, consumer products with enhanced lubricity, and medical devices. His experience includes 7 years of R&D in the petrochemical and polymer industry, 6 years of academic research in applied chemistry, applied physics, and materials science and engineering at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, and 2 years at his own startup company. Phil earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his undergraduate and master’s studies at Seoul National University, Korea.

Presentation Title: Commercialization of Academic Invention – Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS)

Abstract: Are you considering a start-up to commercialize your own invention? I would like to share some stories about ‘bridging the gap’ from academia-invented technology to a commercial product in the market. SLIPS Technologies, Inc. (STI) is a venture-funded startup based in Cambridge, MA USA, launched out of Harvard University commercializing SLIPS™, the world’s first and only fully-slippery coatings and materials. SLIPS products are unique because they present a 100% liquid interface to the outside world. SLIPS have a stable and immobilized liquid lubricant film overlayer. This “liquid surface” is cost-effective, easy to apply, robust, and highly repellent to virtually all liquids and biological fouling agents. SLIPS™ solves sticky surface problems in medical, industrial, and consumer applications – for example, barnacles sticking to marine vessels, bacteria sticking to medical devices, ice sticking to heat exchangers, and viscous fluids sticking inside containers.

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Name: Bess Krietemeyer

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Bess Krietemeyer is an architectural designer and researcher focused on the ways in which emerging material technologies, human interaction, and computational simulations influence the design of sustainable built environments. Prior to joining the faculty as Assistant Professor at the Syracuse School of Architecture, she received her Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE). She has practiced with Lubrano Ciavarra Architects and with SOM on the design of international projects that integrate next-generation building technologies. At Syracuse University, Krietemeyer leads the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL) at the Syracuse Center of Excellence, where she is developing hybrid-reality simulations for interactive design and energy performance testing at the building envelope and urban scales. Her research has been published in various books, journals, and conference proceedings, including Architectural Design (AD), SmartGeometry, Interiors, IJAC, and ACADIA, among others. She has contributed book chapters to Architecture in Formation: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture (2013), Inside Smartgeometry: Expanding the Architectural Possibilities of Computational Design (2013), and in Architecture and Interaction: Human-Computer Interaction in Space and Place (2016).

Presentation Title: Projective Empowerment: Co-Creative Sustainable Design Processes

Abstract: How can we perceive and experience our built environment in new ways to better understand the energetic relationships between our bodies, buildings and cities? How can design and visualization environments provide a wider audience with knowledge and opportunities for engagement in design decision-making processes?

The human body’s perception of ambient energy flows in the built environment is a complex yet important consideration in designing high performance architectural systems, buildings and cities. However, the complex exchange between the body and bioclimatic energy flows in the context of architectural and urban design has yet to be fully understood from the perspective of the end user. This research explores how hybrid-reality platforms for integrating energetic flows in architectural design can be utilized to incorporate intuitive user input into projective design processes, seeking to destabilize the seeming constancy of simulation data. The design techniques and environments developed in this ongoing research ultimately seek to cultivate and establish a co-creative sense of projective empowerment for users.

Name: Andrej Lenert

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: University of Michigan

Bio: Andrej Lenert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His interests lie at the intersection of heat and mass transfer, optics, and nanomaterials. He is focused on addressing global challenges at the energy-water nexus by bridging the gap between system level design and mesoscale materials science. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2014, under the supervision of Evelyn Wang. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, working with the Nanoscale Transport Lab (Pramod Reddy and Edgar Meyhofer) and the Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials. Andrej is a former fellow of the MIT Energy Initiative and the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability. In 2016, he was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Science.

Presentation Title: Shaping the spectrum of thermal radiation: Nanostructures for efficient solar power and buildings

Abstract: By manipulating the structure of materials at the nanoscale, we can tune the spectrum of thermal radiation. In doing so, we can selectively enhance or suppress certain modes linked to either desirable or undesirable properties. Such energy-selective transport holds promise for more efficient solar power generation and thermal management of buildings.

In this talk, I will discuss two energy-selective transport mechanisms and their applications. The first utilizes nanoporous materials, such as aerogels, where energy-selectivity is based on how far radiation penetrates into a material. By targeting low penetration depths at long wavelengths, I show how these materials can improve the efficiency of concentrated solar power and passive radiative cooling. The second utilizes high-temperature nanophotonic materials, where energy-selectivity is based on the interaction of thermal radiation with wavelength-scale structures. By suppressing radiative exchange at low energies, I demonstrate a solar thermal photovoltaic (STPV) device that is an order of magnitude more efficient than previous STPVs and has the potential to exceed the limit of single-junction solar cells. With integration of thermal storage, these technologies can become an important part of distributed energy systems and may lead to increased adoption of intermittent renewables.

Name: Fengqi Li

Title: Researcher 

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Fengqi Li is a designer whose interdisciplinary work explores interactive architectural environments in both physical and virtual settings. He is a distinguished M. Arch graduate of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University with a B.Eng. from East China Jiaotong University.  Awards include Citation for Excellence in Thesis Design and Jury Selected Project for ACADIA 2016 Conference for Wall Parley, an interactive installation investigating the potential of applied artificial intelligence integrated within fundamental architectural elements. Fengqi’s professional experience in research, education, architectural design and construction facilitates his cross-disciplinary approach to design. Fengqi’s current work expands on past projects incorporating promising materials and technologies into architectural speculations.

Presentation Title: Wall Parley—an exploration of future architecture embedded with artificial intelligence

Abstract: Architecture design explores the dynamic relationship between user and environment through innovative design solutions including Design with artificial intelligence(AI), Spatialization based on cognition and Interaction through human-centric conversation. This allows the design to be dynamically responsive to multiple information streams and conditions. Wall Parley is a series of prototypes which iteratively develop a cognitive system between humans and walls akin to the manner by which humans communicate with one another by receiving information, processing that information, and then responding.  This participatory engagement between two entities, human, and wall, creates a dialogue, an intentional reciprocal commitment for which the capacity of communication by and with the wall can be evaluated. It is envisioned as an exploration into the future architecture embedded with Artificial Intelligence—a limited investigation of the possible dialogue between human and intelligent environments.

Name: David Maack


Affiliation: Corning Incorporated Science & Technology


Presentation Title: Corning® Gorilla® Glass Speakers: Corning and the Pursuit of Innovation


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Name: Forrest Meggers

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Princeton University

Bio: Dr. Forrest Meggers is Assistant Professor at Princeton University jointly appointed in the School of Architecture and the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. At Princeton he started the CHAOS Lab (Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems) where he directs highly interdisciplinary research developing new technologies, methods and forms for energy systems in architecture. An expert in low exergy building systems, Meggers received his doctorate from the ETH Zurich D-Arch ITA Building Systems Group, and subsequently developed a low exergy cooling research lab in Singapore as part of the ETH Future Cities Lab. Meggers joined the Princeton faculty in 2013. He started a new PhD track in technology in architecture, and initiated cutting edge research on radiant energy exchange and sensing, the energy-water nexus, latent heat management and utilization, and as subtask leader in the IEA EBC Annex 64 he studies geothermal low exergy district systems.

Presentation Title: Science-inspired architecture: Sensing and deploying novel radiant reflections for advanced prototypes

Abstract: Radiant heat transfer can be leveraged by both engineers and architects to create more efficient, more comfortable, and even more beautiful buildings. We at the CHAOS lab have researched this potential developing experimental prototypes and sensing systems. The Thermoheliodome system uses indirect evaporative cooling distributed through a small set of pipes situated at the focal line of a series of 55 reflective cones, which subsequently reflect and expand the apparent view factor of the pipe surface by 600%. The radiant heat transfer is dependent on view factor, and is subsequently increased for the occupants. The outdoor pavilion thereby achieves a reduction of the mean radiant temperature to slightly above the wet bulb while minimizing any convective losses to the outdoor air from the pipes. For analysis an inexpensive scanning radiant temperature sensor was developed that has subsequently been expanded for full 3D characterization radiant surfaces, including occupant presence and conditions.

Name: Shikha Nangia


Affiliation: Syracuse University


Presentation Title: Breaking through the blood-brain barrier


Name: Temitope Olujobi

Title: Architect, Video Game Environment Artist

Affiliation: Syracuse University School of Architecture

Bio: Temitope is a trained architect and digital artist, specializing in 3D environments for video games and architectural visualizations. Her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and Journals including the New York City Storefront for Art and Architecture and most recently the Responsive Cities conference at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. She began her indulgence into all things 3D and digital art while in her undergrad at the Syracuse University School of Architecture where she received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture. During her time at Syracuse Temitope realized her strong interest in urban and community planning and decided to curiously explore that interest alongside her passion for video games and digital art with the project Unreal Urbanisms. She is extremely grateful the opportunity to share her research and would like to thank her family, Professor Amber Bartosh and the band Hiatus Kiayote for their continuous support.

Presentation Title: Unreal Urbanisms

Abstract: Creating and planning communities in the virtual environments of Massive Multiplayer Online games can reform the collaborative process of idea generating in community planning by facilitating player agency in its design. Player agency describes the ability of a player within a game to interact meaningfully with their existing game-world. More than simple action/feedback interactivity, agency refers to knowing actions taken by the player that result in significant changes within the world (Gibbs, 2011). In this practice, player agency establishes inquiry about control and maximum freedom within not only the game environment but in parallel to the process of collaborative community planning. As follows, two imperative questions to be answered in the investigation of Unreal Urbanisms: Can massive multiplayer online games serve as a tool to stimulate player agency and collaboration in the planning process? How can player agency result in a complex legible order, rather than descend into visual chaos?

Name: James Perkinson

Title: Manager, Advanced Grid Engineering

Affiliation: National Grid

Bio: Mr. Perkinson graduated from Northeastern University in 2005 with a MSEE, concentrated in controls and communications. He joined Satcon Technology in 2004, where he assisted in the development of several power electronic products; including shipboard frequency converters, electric motor controllers, and electronic minesweepers. The company refocused on PV solar power in 2008, and Jim was appointed manager of the software group for the solar product lines. While at Satcon, Jim also held the positions of Director of Applications Engineering and Senior Director of Product Management between 2008 and 2012. Jim joined the team at Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy in 2012, where he was the group leader for the Distributed Electrical Energy Systems team. While at Fraunhofer he helped develop a standard for plug and play residential PV through DOE Sunshot funding. In 2014, Jim joined National Grid as a Manager of the Advanced Grid Engineering Team in the utility of the Future organization. At National Grid, the AGE team is responsible for deploying, evaluating, and integrating smart grid technologies such as VVO/CVR, ADA/FLISR, and advanced sensors into the business.

Presentation Title: A Utility Experiance with Advanced Distribution Automation


Name: Joe Phillips


Affiliation: IBM Buildings Industry Solutions


Presentation Title: Analytics and Internet of Things:  Climate Change Mitigation at Meaningful Scale.


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Name: Steve W. Pullins

Title: Vice President

Affiliation: Hitachi Americas Ltd 

Bio: Mr. Pullins has more than 35 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, and renewables project development. He previously led the nation’s Modern Grid Strategy for DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. He has worked with more than 20 utilities in Smart Grid strategies, renewables strategies, power system optimization, and microgrids. He has designed more than 55 microgrids. Hitachi designs, builds, owns, and operates microgrids.

Mr. Pullins is the past Chair of the IEEE PES Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee, a member of the Transactive Energy Association, an Advisor to the Microgrid Institute, and a member of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy. He has advised several international utility and government organizations on Smart Grid technologies and operations, microgrid development, integrating intelligence, new power generation, and waste to energy issues. He holds a BS and MS in Engineering.

Presentation Title: Case Study: Syracuse Near Westside Community Microgrid

Abstract: As the energy industry transforms to a more distributed energy future, New York through its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative sees the opportunity to address economic, resilience, and emissions issues through the fostering of community microgrids. The NY Prize program is such an initiative. A team put together by SyracuseCOE proposed a feasibility assessment of the Near Westside community to the NY Prize program. The results of the feasibility assessment and implications for Syracuse will be discussed in this presentation.

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Name: Jeffrey Saltz 

Title: Professor

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: Since joining Syracuse University in 2014, Saltz’s research, teaching and consulting engagements have focused on helping organizations leverage data for competitive advantage. Saltz regularly publishes in leading conferences and journals. His consulting engagement, with clients ranging from McKinsey to an NFL football team, enables his research to stay connected with “the real world”.

Prior to becoming a professor, Saltz’s 20+ years of industry experience focused on leveraging emerging technologies and data analytics to deliver innovative business solutions. In his last corporate role, at JPMorgan Chase, he reported to the firm’s Chief Information Officer and drove technology innovation across the organization. Saltz also held several other key management positions at the company, including CTO and Chief Information Architect.

Saltz received his B.S. in computer science from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the NJIT.

Presentation Title: Data Science Organizational processes

Abstract: This talk will discuss some of the key challenges executing data science projects from an organizational / project management perspective. It will provide examples of these challenges via a case study of a team doing data science on smart grid data.

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Name: Scott N. Schiffres

Title: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Affiliation: SUNY Binghamton – Watson School

Bio: Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton University in January 2016, Scott was a Postdoctoral Associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on energy efficient adsorption refrigeration with Prof. Evelyn Wang, and heat transfer applications of nanomaterials and additive manufacturing with Prof. Anastasios John Hart. In 2014, Scott received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University working in the area of experimental nanoscale heat transfer with Prof. Jonathan A. Malen. In 2010, Scott was awarded a Steinbrenner Institute Research Fellowship. Scott spent the summer of 2012 as a visiting researcher at Professors Junichiro Shiomi and Shigeo Maruyama’s Laboratory at The University of Tokyo through a joint US-Japan East Asia Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship. Before returning to academia in the fall of 2009, he worked as a Flight and Controls Engineer at Boeing’s Satellite Development Center in Los Angeles. Scott graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a certificate in Robotics and Intelligent Systems, and from Cornell University with a MEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2007.

Presentation Title: Efficiency Through Adsorption

Abstract: Adsorption heat pumps can heat or cool using thermal energy harvested from renewable sources like the sun or waste heat from industrial processes. This presentation will explore how adsorption refrigeration works, and what currently limits the efficiency. Current adsorption materials will be compared to idealized adsorption behavior. Theoretical adsorption cooling coefficient of performance is analyzed as a function of number of stages and regeneration temperature, thereby creating a methodology of evaluating the intrinsic efficiency of materials from isotherm data. Recent advances in adsorption materials will be discussed.

Name: David Shanks

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: Syracuse University

Bio: David Shanks is an architect and educator working at the intersection of low-cost building and high-performance design. He has been a low-income housing advocate and case-worker, managing the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program for communities outside Boston, as well as a technical designer in the enclosures group at SOM, where he developed parametric optimization routines for custom curtain wall shading systems. He has also worked in the offices of Richard Gluckman, Preston Scott Cohen, and REX, and has been a resident fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the Cape Cod Modern House Trust. David is a registered architect in the State of New York.

Presentation Title: Physical, Digital, and Virtual Prototyping of Emergent Materials for Building Envelopes

Abstract: Thermo-Chromic Valve wall integrates the design, simulation, and prototype testing of next-generation building envelope systems. Supported by the Syracuse Center of Excellence, this work builds on existing design research between the Syracuse School of Architecture and the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute for the transfer of shape memory polymers to architectural applications for variable thermal control and light transmittance at the building envelope. Performance is tested through physical prototypes and advanced digital modeling analysis. In collaboration with the CoE Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL) a full-scale virtual reality environment visually conveys a dynamic experiential condition of both the system and its energy implications.

Name: Ian M. Shapiro


Affiliation: Taitem Engineering, PC

Bio: Ian founded Taitem Engineering in 1989. He has led several applied energy conservation research projects, as well as design and energy projects, and has delivered workshops in the area of energy and ventilation. He has also led the development of several computer programs which are used in the HVAC, energy, and indoor air quality fields, including TREAT (Targeted Residential Energy Analysis Tools), which was awarded the 2005 national R&D100 Award. He also developed an innovative desiccant cooling system, for which he holds a U.S. patent. Prior to starting Taitem Engineering, he worked for seven years at Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, where he designed heat pumps and air conditioning equipment, and holds eight patents from this work. He is the co-author of the books Green Building Illustrated (2014) and Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (2016), both published by Wiley. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University, and an M.S. from Columbia University, both in mechanical engineering.

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Name: Doris Sung

Title: Assistant Professor/Principle

Affiliation: USC/DOSU Studio Architecture 

Bio: After receiving degrees at Princeton and Columbia, Doris Sung practiced architecture in various cities across the U.S., while teaching at USC, SCI-Arc, University of Colorado and the Catholic University of America. In 1999, she opened her office, DOSU Studio Architecture, and soon received many awards for her work, including the prestigious accolades of AIA Young-Designer-of-the-Year, ACSA Faculty Design Awards, R+D Honorable Mention from Architect Magazine, Spark! Award, a World Technology Award and the [next idea] award from ARS Electronica. Currently, she is working on developing smart thermobimetals and other shape-memory alloys unfamiliar to architecture as potential “third” skins (the first is human flesh, the second clothing and the third architecture). Its ability to curl when heated allows the outer surface of the building envelope to biomimetically respond to the environment by sun-shading, self-ventilating, shape-changing and structure. Her TEDx talk on TED.com has now surpassed one million views.

Presentation Title: Architecture Unplugged:

Abstract: With the belief that buildings can be more sensitive to the changing environment like human skin, Doris Sung seeks ways to make the building skin dynamic and responsive. Through grant-funded research, Prof. Sung is developing smart materials, such as thermobimetals, to self-ventilate, sun-shade, self-structure and self-assembly in response to changes in temperatures–all with zero-energy and no controls. By the manipulation of geometry in conjunction with powerful computer programs, the behavior of materials can be controlled and building surfaces can have minds of their own. Prof. Sung will present several responsive building materials in development that has resemblance to biological organisms or systems.

Name: Leire Asensio Villoria


Affiliation: Harvard GSD

Bio: Leire Asensio Villoria is a registered architect in Spain and studied architecture at the ETSASS and the Architectural Association (AA). She received her diploma in architecture (with honors) from the AA in 2001. She has been a lecturer in architecture and landscape architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design since 2010. Asensio Villoria was a design studio instructor in the graduate design school at the AA from 2004 to 2007 and a Visiting Lecturer in Architecture at Cornell from 2006 to 2010. Leire is currently teaching at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Since 2002, Leire has been collaborating with David Syn Chee Mah as asensio_mah. Leire has worked at a number of international architectural practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, Torres Nadal Arquitectos as well as Allies and Morrison Architects/Arup.

Leire together with David Syn Chee Mah were design research coordinators for the prototypes design research team of Harvard University’s Health and Places Initiative (a collaboration between the Graduate school of Design and the TH Chan School of Public Health) from 2014 till 2016.

Her books include the “Lifestyled. Health and Places” (Mah/Asensio Villoria), Jovis 2015), and “Platform 7” (Asensio Villoria, Actar/ Harvard 2014).

Presentation Title: Ceramic Formations

Abstract: This lecture pursues research in architectural design placing technology as a driver in the creative processes. Ceramics serve as the framework for research, discussion and experimentation on digital design and fabrication technologies. While ceramics has one of the longest histories as a material in architecture, it is still one of the material families to offer the potential and mutability to generate a range of novel applications by engaging a variety of emerging digital fabrication processes. The Craft-based manufacturing and high-volume industrial production traditionally associated with clay-based ceramics is rethought through the lens of digital design and fabrication techniques. The extension of the capacity for the application of ceramics in architecture through an engagement with digital design and fabrication is discussed in this lecture

Name: Lei Wu

Title: Associate Professor

Affiliation: Clarkson University

Bio: Dr. Lei Wu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, in 2008. His primary research and teaching areas are focused on power and energy system optimization and control, with specific interests in the modeling of large-scale power systems with a high penetration of demand response and renewable energy. His educational and research activities are being supported by NSF, DOE, NYSERDA, other federal/state/local agencies, and the private industry. He has extensive experiences working with the industry including GE Energy, NYISO, MISO, and National Grid. He is the co-author of over 50 journal papers and the recipient of two Transactions Prize Paper Awards from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He is the receipt of NSF CAREER Award in 2013 and IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award in 2011. He serves as Editor or member of editorial boards of 4 internationally recognized journals.

Presentation Title: Developing Advanced Resilient Community Microgrid to Improve Disaster Response Capability

Abstract: This talk discusses the resilient community microgrid project in Potsdam, NY. One goal for a microgrid operation is to increase the reliability and resiliency of power supply by avoiding the high cost of system outages. Clarkson University, together with multiple industry partners, has been conducting design, development, and deployment of a resilient community microgrid in Potsdam in order to (1) ensure reliable power supply for essential services and allow Potsdam to act as a hub for emergency operations during North Country disaster conditions, (2) provide a cost-effective alternative to traditionally centralized generation and transmission systems, by optimizing the value of interconnected renewable resources, energy storage devices, and demand management systems, and (3) explore market-based optimal operation solutions for multi-party community microgrids and gain insights into the important issues related to the restructuring and marketing of the electricity distribution sector.

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Name: Jensen Zhang

Title: Professor and Director

Affiliation: Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University

Bio: Dr. Jianshun (Jensen) Zhang is Professor and Director, Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. His areas of expertise include: combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations (CHAMPS) in buildings; material emissions; air filtration/purification; ventilation; indoor air quality; and intelligent control of building environmental systems. He has authored/co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, and 2 ASTM and 1 ANSI/BIFMA standards. He is Associate Editor of Journal of Science and Technology for The Built Environment, and a current Member of the Editorial Board of “The International Journal of Ventilation”, “Building Simulations—an international Journal”, “International Journal of High-Rise Buildings”, and the International Journal of Architectural Frontiers. He chaired the ASHARE Environmental Health Committee and Technical Committee on Indoor Environmental Modeling. He is an elected Fellow of ASHRAE, an elected Member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Science, and a Board Member of the International Society of Building Physics.

Presentation Title: Solar chimney for ventilation: modeling, design, and demonstration

Abstract: Solar chimney has the potential to provide the needed driving force for natural or hybrid ventilation, and hence reduce building energy consumption. In this presentation, we will introduce the the principle of solar chimney for ventilation, a newly developed simplified mathematical model for solar chimney design, and the design of a three story building incorporating a solar chimney for hybrid ventilation.

Name: Quanyan Zhu

Title: Assistant Professor

Affiliation: New York University

Bio: Quanyan Zhu (S’04-M’12) received B. Eng. in Honors Electrical Engineering with distinction from McGill University in 2006, M.A.Sc. from University of Toronto in 2008, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013. After stints at Princeton University, he is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University. He spearheaded and chaired INFOCOM Workshop on Communications and Control on Smart Energy Systems (CCSES), Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory (WCGT), and 7th Game and Decision Theory for Cyber Security (GameSec). His current research interests include resilient and secure interdependent critical infrastructures, energy systems, cyber-physical systems, and smart cities. He is a recipient of best paper awards at 5th International Conference on Resilient Control Systems, 18th International Conference on Information Fusion, and 7th ACM CCS International Workshop on Managing Insider Security Threats (MIST).

Presentation title: Resilient Analysis and Design of Interdependent Critical Infrastructures: Concepts and Case Studies

Abstract: Electric power system is central to many critical infrastructures such as gas pipeline, water, and transportation. The goal of this presentation is to provide a forum to understand the interdependencies between electric power systems and other infrastructures. A single-point failure in electric power systems due to cyber attack can cascade to a large-scale one, disable other infrastructures, and in turn exacerbate the failures of power systems. Resilience is an essential system property to limit the scale of the failure and enable a fast recovery to operation. This presentation discusses the issue of interdependencies and the approaches to enhance the resiliency of modern power systems to anticipated and unanticipated events. This talk presents a timely research topic for academia and industry to share thoughts and find resilience solutions for electric power systems and interdependent critical infrastructures.