904_bess_krietemeyer_head_shotBess Krietemeyer, PhD (IDVL Founder)
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 at Syracuse, Bess was a HASS Fellow at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), where she received her Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences. She has practiced with Lubrano Ciavarra Architects and with Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM) on the design of international projects that integrate next-generation building technologies.


amber bartoshAmber Bartosh, RA
Amber Bartosh is an architect and interior designer who has designed and managed award-winning projects for competition, bid & design build processes in the United States, China, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Her interest in sustainability as a standard for all design led to her 2008 accreditation by LEED. She has completed both gold and silver level LEED projects and served as project manager for Emergent Tom Wiscombe LLC, an internationally recognized architectural practice focused on the integration of biology, computation, and contemporary design sensibilities.


Tarek Rakha, PhD
Dr. Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist, and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Georgia Tech and Faculty at the High Performance Building (HPB) Lab. His research aims to influence architecture, urban design, and planning practices through three areas of expertise: sustainable urban mobility and outdoor thermal comfort; daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings, and building envelope diagnostics using drones. Prior to joining Tech, Dr. Rakha taught at Syracuse University (SU), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and MIT. He completed his Ph.D. in building technology at MIT, where he was part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for umi, the urban modeling and simulation platform.


5382_david-shanks-preferred_headshotDavid Shanks, RA
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. David is a registered architect in the State of New York.



Jianshun Zhang, PhD
Professor Zhang’s research ranges multi-scale BES from nano/micro-scale in porous media to buildings and urban environment, and involves engineering, architectural design, human health and performance. He currently co-leads the SU-wide research cluster in Energy and Environment. With over 30 years research experience, Dr. Zhang is an expert in in building HVAC systems, building energy and IAQ analysis and building envelope performance testing and evaluation for integrative design and intelligent controls. He has authored/co-authored over 200 technical papers and 3 American national standards. He is an Associate Editor of Science and Technology for the Built Environment journal. He is Fellow of ISIAQ and ASHRAE, and current Chairman of the International Association of Building Physics.


Edward Bogucz, PhD
Dr. Bogucz’s research expertise includes innovative HVAC systems and green building design. He has extensive experience in university-industry collaborative projects and regional economic development initiatives. Dr. Bogucz served more than 8 years as Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at SU (1995-2003) and more than 15 years (2004-2019) as the founding Executive Director of Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE). SyracuseCoE has supported more than 200 projects that have assisted more than 70 companies, which report outcomes including creating or retaining more than 1,100 jobs.


Jason Dedrick, PhD
Jason Dedrick is Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He also is a Faculty Fellow at the Syracuse Center of Excellence. His research interests include the globalization of information technology, the economic and organizational impacts of IT, the offshoring of knowledge work, global value chains in the IT and wind energy industries, adoption of smart grid technologies by electric utility companies, and privacy issues related to smart meters.  He is Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Professor Dedrick holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of California, Irvine, and a Masters in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.


melissa_greenMelissa Green, PhD
Visualization Lab
Professor Green’s research interests include vortex-dominated wakes generated by swimming offlying of animals and the coherent structure composition of reacting and non-reacting turbulent flow fields. Increased understanding of how these flows are organized can lead to advances in basic research, model development for flow simulation, dynamics and control plus improvements in existing technology.



Dan Pacheco
Dan Pacheco holds the Peter A. Horvitz Chair of Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and is a pioneer in the use of virtual reality for journalism. In 2014 he started and co-produced The Des Moines Register’s Harvest of Change VR project for the Oculus Rift, the world’s first large-scale use of virtual reality by a commercial news organization. Harvest of Change earned an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2015 for its innovative use of 360-degree video for virtual reality.


Patrick Mather, PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering at Bucknell University

Patrick T. Mather holds his doctorate in materials engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He came to Bucknell from Syracuse University, where he led the creation of and served as the founding director of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, an interdisciplinary center with more than 20 faculty spanning three institutions and eight departments, including Syracuse’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science and its College of Arts & Sciences. He was also the Milton & Ann Stevenson Professor of Biomedical & Chemical Engineering and previously held the position of faculty chair of Syracuse’s engineering college. Mather has written more than 145 peer-reviewed papers, is an inventor on more than 35 patents, and is a Fellow of both the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Society of Plastics Engineering.




Lorne Covington, Principal at NOIRFLUX

Lorne Covington, Creative Director and Principal at NOIRFLUX, creates participatory environments that provide immersive exploration, education, advocacy, and improvisational expression. Lorne is fluent with visual and performing art, electronic hardware, embedded systems and all layers of software development, creates immersive responsive environments using cutting-edge sensing and software technologies. His work focuses on the intangible space between action and response, the moment-to-moment experience of involvement with a complex system that turns the act of viewing into one of exploration, creation and play. Recent projects include “Affectations” at the Kennedy Center, “Dancing Light Theater” and the JournoWall Participatory Media Environment in Syracuse.


Michele Knapp, Founder of cocoon construct, co.

Michele Knapp brings expertise in Integrated Project Delivery developed over 20 years as a hands-on owner of a full-service property development and design/build construction firm. Her firm focused on development and specification of design standards, building materials, systems, and assembly methods to provide higher quality construction with sharp decreases in material and labor waste. After acquiring patents on structural wall and roof panels, she developed a continuous insulation system for the 2017 DOE’s Building Envelope Innovation Challenge. She consults for builders and architects providing project feasibility studies, material specification, value-engineering and construction detailing services.


Thomas King, Founder of tkFabricate, LLC

Thomas King founded tkFabricate, LLC, which delivers integrated mechanical pod (IMSP) solutions to the US multifamily housing market. tkFabricate was formed from a RetrofitNY high performance solutions design award project located outside Syracuse, NY and developed designs along with the solution provider team for a semi-centralized integrated mechanical pod solution paired with a whole building retrofit. This all electric deep energy retrofit design achieved a modeled 42.7% energy savings prior to on site PV installation and a 93.7% savings over the baseline EUI with PV generation. The project is scheduled for construction in mid-year 2020. tkFabricate will serve as the IMSP supplier for the project team.


  • James Amicone (M.ARCH)
  • Akhil Arun (M.ARCH)
  • Paminder Chawla (M.S. iSchool)
  • Yisha Ding (M.ARCH)
  • Rawad El Kontar (M.S. ARCH)
  • Sou Fang (M.ARCH)
  • Justin Goehring (M.ARCH)
  • Stephanie Haller (M.ARCH)
  • Colin Hoover (M.ARCH)
  • Katharina Koerber (M.ARCH)
  • Ankit Kothari (M.S. iSchool)
  • Frank Li (M.ARCH)
  • Zhaozhou Meng (PhD, ECS)
  • Uche Okoye (M.ARCH)
  • Ehsan Sabaghian (PhD, iSchool)
  • Karan Sahai (M.S. iSchool)
  • Jialei Shen (PhD, ECS)
  • Xuhao Wu (M.S. ARCH)
  • Shihua Xuan (M.S. ARCH)
  • Jingshi Zhang (M.S. ARCH)
  • Tingjie Zhou (M.S. ARCH)
  • Camila Andino (B.ARCH)
  • Daniela Andino (B.ARCH)
  • Bryce Edwards (B.ARCH)
  • Jamison Getman (iSchool)
  • Shiori Green (B.ARCH)
  • Piotr Jankowski (B.ARCH)
  • Elena Echarri Myers (B.ARCH)
  • Raul Sadhwani (B.ARCH)
  • Beilei Ren (B.ARCH)
  • Sara Ritchy (B.ARCH)
  • Kurt Rogler (B.ARCH)
  • Mitchie Qiao (High School)