STUDENTS

Wei Chen is a PhD student working with Dr. Yuyu Zhou. She got her master’s degree in cartography and geography information system from Chinese Academy of Sciences. During her Ph.D. study, her main research activities have been concerned with the impact of urban climate on building energy use. For the Iowa UrbanFEWS project, she is currently working on the urban climate simulations using Weather Research & Forecasting Model (WRF).

 

Boshun Gao has a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, he is a PhD student under Dr. Baskar Ganapathysubramanian’s supervision from Iowa State University. His work involves developing a framework of immersed boundary method for finite element analysis to solve coupled Navier-Stokes and heat transfer for complex geometries.

Manon Geraudin, a 5th year student of civil engineering and urban planning at INSA (Institute National des Sciences Appliquees) Lyon, in France spent her internship October 2019 to March 2020 at ISU. Her research expertise in building and high environmental quality contributed to the team with urban energy simulations for a sensitivity study and she develop the summer 2020 planting experiment with the Mobile Diagnostics Lab (MDL).

Sedigheh Ghiasi graduated from the University of Tehran with a master's degree in architecture and energy. She is currently pursuing a second master's degree in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. She is a member of the Sustainable Cities Research Group conducting research under professor Passe's supervision.  She is currently working on finding an algorithm for tree growth patterns. The final product of her research will be a solar map for the Capitol East neighborhood in Des Moines. Her second focus is on data-driven applications in urban energy efficiency management.

Nilufer Oran Gibson is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. She obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey and M.S. in Engineering Management at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her current research focuses on agent-based modeling of the development and analysis of crowd-sourced solutions to address the needs of vulnerable populations, including volunteer-driven transportation networks for the older adults and urban food recovery networks for the homeless. She emprically develops agent characteristics and decision metrics based on the concept of personas and PAPRIKA methodology. She is a member of the human systems modeling team within the Iowa UrbanFEWS project, responsible to develop the personas of Iowa producers for the agent-based modeling of policy decisions to increase local food production and consumption. Her email address is nilufer.oran@mavs.uta.edu.

Emily is an undergraduate architecture student from Iowa State University minoring in sustainability. Ulrike Passe is her faculty advisor. For the Iowa Urban FEWS project, she is working as the website developer. The goal of this is to keep all Iowa Urban FEWS information regarding the research up to date.

Erin Huckins is an M.S. student in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Iowa State University, and is housed in the Department of Natural Resource and Ecology Management. Her research background includes urban agriculture and the influence of urban gardening on community. With the Iowa UrbanFEWS project, she is a member of the human systems modeling team where she will develop a social network analysis that will represent consumer decisions and interactions within local food systems throughout Des Moines.

Diba Malekpour Koupaei holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Environments from Iowa State University (2018) and received her bachelor’s degree from Art University of Isfahan in Architectural Engineering (2015). in recent years her main research activities have been concerned with energy efficiency in the built environment, specifically high-performance residential buildings in the urban landscape. In August 2018 she became an active member of the Sustainable Cities multidisciplinary research group, where she follows her passion for integrating the human dimension of energy consumption into the efficiency equation for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University.

Rushi Patel is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Ulrike Passe. He works on the project to assess the impact of vegetation on building cooling loads, Therefore he analyzes thermal data after collecting it from Mobile Diagnostics Lab (MDL) and the local weather station in Des Moines, Iowa. For the Iowa Urban FEWS project, he is working with other students to calibration an energy model for the MDL with the collected data to include vegetative coverings into the energy assessment process. Further goals are to keep the MDL and weather station sites up to date.

Tanya Sharma was an undergraduate architecture student from Iowa State University. Ulrike Passe was her faculty advisor. Her area of research interest includes energy efficiency in the built environment. For the Iowa Urban FEWS project, she was working as the website developer. The goal of this was to keep all Iowa Urban FEWS information regarding the research up to date.

Tiffanie Stone is a PhD student in the Environmental Science program at Iowa State University, and is housed in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Jan Thompson is her faculty advisor. Her research interests include sustainable urban food systems, food justice, agroecology, and the influence of policy on the environment. In the Iowa UrbanFEWS project she will develop Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) models for the food system in Des Moines.  These models integrate energy, water, and carbon dynamics associated with the food cycle. Her background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Applied Plant Science and a master’s degree in Agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Science. Prior to this project she worked as a Norwegian Peace Corps volunteer at an Agricultural Training Institute in Zanzibar, and as a County Extension Director for Purdue University in agriculture, natural resources, and 4-H youth development.

Yiming Wang has a master’s degree from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2018) and received his bachelor’s degree from China University of Geosciences in Beijing (2015). Currently, he is a Ph.D. student under Dr. Yuyu Zhou's supervision. His research interests include water use and hydrological models. In the Iowa Urban FEWS project, he will use Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for the watersheds within Des Moines.