Akram Ahmed

Akram recently completed a Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program Scholarship working in the Lab.   He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. In the Lab he participated in the NSF-funded CAREER project to understand, improve and predict the dynamics that occur in networks of building occupants.

Pauli Alin

Pauli recently finished one of several extended duration postdoctoral scholar visits to the Lab. Pauli completed his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Samantha Ainsley

Samantha recently completed her degree in Computer Science at Columbia.  In the Lab she was a member of the CyberGRID development team.

Everard Bellot

Everard majored in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Management at Columbia. He simultaneously completed a major in Applied Math at the University of the Virgin Islands.  Everard contributed to the NSF-funded “Inter-cultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Outsourcing” project.  His focus was on modeling differences in market economies.

Jiayu Chen

Jiayu received his PhD in December 2012 in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University. Jiayu’s PhD research developed new simulation techniques to understand how energy use decision-making impacts energy consumption in building occupant networks. He began a position as an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong in 2013.

Kenneth Cheng

Kenneth recently completed his degree in Computer Science at Columbia. In the Lab he was a member of the CyberGRID development team.

Semra Comu

Semra completed her PhD in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in December 2012. She was a Fulbright Scholar who worked on both the CII Globalization project and the NSF CyberGRID Networks project. In her PhD she examined the impact of virtualization of the engineering workforce on global project network performance. She accepted a faculty position as an Assistant Professor at Bogazici University in 2013.

Ricardo D’Alessandro

Ricardo Ricardo participated on the NSF CyberGRID project examining leadership behaviors in global virtual teams. He is now working for American Infrastructure.

Melissa Di Marco, PhD

Melissa completed her Ph.D. in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department of Columbia University. She worked on the “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” NSF-funded project where she observed cross-cultural global design teams and their organizational dynamics in order to derive an efficiency of knowledge transfer within the cross-cultural team. Melissa is now working at SNC-Lavalin in Montreal.

Marcel Dupuis

Marcel recently completed his MS degree in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. In the lab he examined and developed a case study on leadership in global virtual teams.

Travis Fu

Travis recently completed his Master’s degree in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department at Columbia. In the Lab he developed a multi-agent simulation of the absorptive capacity of project networks. Travis received his Bachelor’s degree at Tsinghua University.  He is currently working as an engineer at Morgan Stanley.

Ted Halley

Ted recently completed a dual degree including an MBA and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. In the Lab Ted developed an approach to assess technology venture business plans.

Kathryn Hart

Kathryn pursued dual majors in Building Construction and Psychology at Virginia Tech. In the Lab she helped develop a survey to examine why employees in building energy experiments are utilizing less energy.

Mike Hernandez

Mike recently completed his degree in Computer Science at Columbia.  In the Lab he was a member of the CyberGRID development team.

Olivia Herrera

Olivia recently completed her MS degree in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. In the lab she examined the potential for authentic visualization in the study of tropical cyclones.

Sara Horsey

Sara recently completed her dual MBA and master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. In the Lab she was a member of the Deploying Best Practices in Unfamiliar Countries project. She now works for Fluor.

Zulekha Inayat

Zulekha recently completed her Master’s degree in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia. Zulekha’s research focused on investigating the importance of an integrated design process in sustainable building practices and developing strategies to facilitate integrated design. She is currently an assistant project manager at Bovis.

Dr. Josh Iorio

Josh was a senior researcher in the Lab on the Cyber-enabled Global Research Infrastructure for Design NSF project. He is now an Adjunct Professor in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Rishee Jain

Rishee recently completed his PhD degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia. In the Lab he contributed to the NSF IGERT and CAREER projects examining eco-informatics in residential buildings. After finishing his PhD he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at NYU in the Center for Urban Science+Progress.

Seung Jeong

Seung recently completed his master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. In the Lab he conducted experiments on water-energy feedback and conservation.

Thomas Kaluzny

Thomas was a graduate research assistant on the “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” NSF-funded project.  He studied the role of knowledge system dynamics from the perspective of technology use in multicultural networks.  He is now working as an engineering officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Justyna Kosianka

Justina recently completed her degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia. In the Lab she was a member of the CyberGRID development team.

Daniel Lasry

Daniel recently completed his degree in Computer Science at Columbia.  In the Lab he was a member of the CyberGRID development team.

Haena Lee

Haena was an undergraduate research assistant on the “CyberGRID Networks” NSF-funded project.  She participated in data collection and analysis, as well as participating in the testing of pre-launch version so of the CyberGRID.

Ini Li

Ini conducted research with Professors John Taylor and Jeffrey Siegel on a Columbia University Earth Institute Grant, “Coupling Technology and Organizational Dynamics to Induce Energy Efficient Behavior.”  She is completing her undergraduate engineering studies in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University.

Henry Lin

Henry worked with Professor Taylor on the National Science Foundation “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Sourcing” project.  He is completing his undergraduate engineering studies in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University.

Zhenghang Lin

Zhenghang Lin was a visiting scholar who spent six months in the Lab. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Project Management and Construction Technology in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research interest concentrates on internationalization strategies of Chinese construction firms.

Muqing Liu

Muqing empirically examined bidding differences between Chinese and Americans to examine how the hold-up problem emerges differently in Chinese and American bidding interactions.

Heather Lockhart

Heather contributed to the “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” NSF-funded project.  She recently completed her studies at Columbia in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. She is now working for STV Inc. on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Ellie Ma

Ellie recently completed her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. In the Lab she conducted experiments on energy conservation in lab buildings. After leaving the Lab she took a position in the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, DC.

Ani Mittra

Ani is a recent graduate of The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech where he studied 3D modeling and digital media, with a focus on game development. He developed new avatar functionality for the CyberGRID during his time working in the Lab.

Ray Moran

Ray was a PhD student in the Lab examining how cultural boundary spanners impact global project execution.  He is currently an Assistant Vice President and Professional Associate at Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Construction Services Group.

Aruna Muthumanickam

Aruna recently completed her MS degree in civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. In the Lab she conducted research on ways to integrate energy consumption information into building information models (BIM). She is now working for a BIM startup in Silicon Valley, CA.

Nilesh Nayak

Nilesh contributed research on offshore outsourcing in global design networks.  Nilesh identified mechanisms by which companies translocate their engineering and design work to foreign countries. He completed his Master’s degree studies and is now employed at J. Ray McDermott, Inc.

Louise Niu

Louise Niu was an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering at Columbia University with a concentration in Construction Engineering and Management. She worked on the “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Sourcing” project. She previously worked as a research assistant for the Cold Atom Group at the University of Michigan Physics Department.

Ivan Panushev, PhD

Ivan contributed to the lab’s development of a design team collaborative work environment for global, cross-national design networks (the CyberGRID).  Ivan is now developing a startup to enable seamless exchange of BIM models across specialist organizations in project networks to integrate project delivery.

Gabriel Peschiera

Gabriel earned his MSc in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia.  He recently completed a 3-2 Combined Bachelor’s Degree Program in Architecture and Civil Engineering, both at Columbia University. Gabriel contributed to extending an eco-informatic system for network sharing of energy utilization and conducting experiments to understand and improve the sustainability of energy conservation in the built environment.

Anna Laura Pisello

Anna Laura was a visiting scholar in the Lab from the University of Perugia. She collaborated with members of the Lab to introduce the concept of the Inter-Building Effect and continued that collaboration across several research projects relating to the NSF CAREER project and resulted in several academic journal papers.

Conor Russomanno

Conor recently completed his degree in Computer Science at Columbia.  In the Lab he was a member of the CyberGRID development team.

Juan Santos

Juan participated in the NSF-funded CyberGRID Networks research project as an MS student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Desislava Shunturova

Desislava is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Columbia University. She is also completing her major in Environmental Studies with a focus in Economics at Middlebury College, VT. Desislava participated in the investigation of how energy efficiency practices diffuse in building occupant peer networks.

Hakan Unsal, PhD

Hakan received his PhD degree from Columbia University working with Professor Taylor in the Lab. His research focused on extending transaction cost economic theories of ‘hold-up’ to project networks.  Hakan received his MS in Engineering Management from Cornell University and BS in Civil Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey. He is currently working as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in Dubai.

Andrei Villarroel, PhD

Andrei received his MS degree from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) working with Professor Taylor and Professor Tucci (EPFL) as his PhD Co-Advisors.  His research focused on open source strategies and simulation modeling of organizational network performance.  Following his PhD, he completed a postdoc at MIT.

Morgan Whitcomb

Morgan was recipient of an Earth Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship to work with Professor Taylor on “Examining Social Structure and Energy Efficiency Dynamics in Dormitories.”  Morgan applied her understanding of musical orchestration to orchestrating energy efficiency behaviors among dormitory residents.  She now works at Sam Schwartz Engineering in NYC.

Kenny Wong

Kenny contributed research on global project network design and the role of boundary spanners in global project networks.  He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department of Columbia University. He is currently employed at Bovis Lend Lease.

Dr. Xiaoqi Xu

Xiaoqi recently completed her PhD degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia. In the Lab she contributed to the NSF IGERT and CAREER projects examining synergies at the intersection between human and engineered networks. After finishing her PhD she accepted the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program and the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Project at Harvard University.

Monica Yang

Monica recently completed her Master’s degree in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department at Columbia University during which she was a researcher on the “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” NSF-funded project. Prior to Columbia, Monica completed her undergraduate engineering studies at Vanderbilt University.

Haejung Yi

Haejung recently completed her Master’s degree in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department at Columbia University during which she was a researcher on the “Intercultural Knowledge System Dynamics in Complex Services Outsourcing” NSF-funded project focusing on the impact of ‘cosmopolitans’ on project network performance.

Karim Youannis

Karim recently completed his dual Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Business at Virginia Tech.  Karim developed cash flow and revenue projection models for civil engineering entrepreneurial ventures while working in the Lab.  He took a position as a consultant at Accenture after graduation.

Andres Zelkowicz

Andy completed a BS degree in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He contributed to the CyberGRID networks NSF research project focused specifically on the role of cultural boundary spanners. After completing his BS, Andres went to Stanford University for MS studies.

Josh Zilke

Josh completed an MS student in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He also received dual undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering from Virginia Tech. In his MS research, Josh investigated construction trends in global markets and the resulting impact on the US construction industry. Upon graduation, Josh accepted a position with MBP.