Graduated Students

Anna Rowzee

Boshun Gao, PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering, Washington University, St Louis

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

Diba Malekpour Koupaei, Ph.D. Student in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University

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.

Elizabeth Hurley Blewett

Erin Huckins, M.S. student in Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Program, Natural Resource and Ecology Management, Iowa State University

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.

Jenna Peterson

Manon Geraudin, Research Intern, Insitut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France

Manon Geraudin, studied 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).

Megan M. Ruxton, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Social and Behavioral Research, University of Northern Iowa

Megan M. Ruxton is a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at the University of Northern Iowa and is serving as part of the evaluation team for the Iowa UrbanFEWS project. At CSBR, she collaborates on several surveys, evaluations, and other applied social science research projects in the areas of education, STEM, public health, and natural resources.

Pam Musoke

Rushi Patel

Rushi Patel graduated with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering in May 2023. He supported the team as an Undergraduate Research Assistant with the green wall data collection at the Mobile Diagnostics Lab (MDL). He also developed EnergyPlus Weather (EPW) files from collected weather data at the Mobile Weather Station in Des Moines. He was a co-author of the following paper: Passe, U., Fagubule, O., Patel, R., and Thompson, J. 2021. Utilizing a novel mobile diagnostics lab to validate the impact of vegetative wall coverings in building cooling load reduction. Proceedings of the 8th International Building Physics  Conference, August 25-27, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sudeep Menon

Sydney Collin

Sydney Collin participated in the UrbanFEWS team research as the first-ever remote research intern from INSA Lyon - Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon. She contributed significantly to the green wall Energyplus modeling effort and the probabilistic CFD data model. Her main contribution is this paper: Collin, S., and U. Passe, (2022). Building a workflow to model a green façade in a graphical user interface for EnergyPlus. Resilient City: Physical, Social and Economic Perspectives. Proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium and European Association for Architectural Education International Joint Conference.

Tanya Sharma, Undergraduate Student in Architecture at Iowa State University

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 worked as a website developer. 

Tiffanie F. Stone, Pa h.D. student in Environmental Science Graduate Program, Natural Resource Ecology, and Management, Iowa State University

Tiffanie Stone is a Ph.D. 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.

Wei Chen, Ph.D. Student in Geological and Atmospheric Science, Iowa State University

Wei Chen is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Yuyu Zhou. She got her master's degree in cartography and geography information systems from the 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).

Yiming Wang, Ph.D. Student in Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Iowa State University

Yiming Wang has a master’s degree from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2018) and received his bachelor’s degree from the 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.