Smart Infrastructure Research Group at Iowa State University

Photo The Smart Infrastructure Research Group (SIRG) is led by Dr. Kristen Cetin, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University.  SIRG focuses on the investigation of the performance of buildings, building systems, and other infrastructure and the development of solutions to improve the energy performance, efficiency, and energy demand contributions of the built environment. This includes projects that combine the fields of building science and building technology with the use of smart grid connected technologies, with the goal of building, operating and maintaining buildings and communities that are smarter, more energy efficient, and that reduce the peak demands on the electric grid.

Prospective Graduate and Undergraduate Students:

Perspective graduate students interested in working with SIRG should have a interest in building systems and building and other types of infrastructure construction, HVAC systems, energy efficient design, data analysis. Strong writing and verbal communication skills, knowledge in building science, thermodynamics, energy markets, and sustainable building design methodologies, programming experience, and the ability to work independently and a member of a collaborative team are also highly desirable. A passion for understanding and improving the existing building infrastructure is also a plus.  A BS or MS in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering, or related field is preferred. We are always looking for interested and motivated undergraduate students from a variety of majors as well.

Interested undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Cetin directly ( by email with a copy of their current CV and a brief summary of their experience and interests. Additional information on applications to the CCEE program is available online.

Contact Information:

Kristen Cetin, PhD, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Iowa State University
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
428 Town Engineering
Ames, IA 50011
phone: +1 515.294.8180
twitter: @KrisCetin


Fall 2017: CoE News: Two CoE researchers receive funding to improve energy efficiency in buildings
Fall 2017: ASME News: Preparing the Grid to Deal with the Heat
Fall 2017: Looking forward to working with a great group of faculty on this new area of Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering
Fall 2017: ISU CCEE News: Iowa State researchers explore ways to better prepare students for industry
Summer 2017: ISU CCEE News: Iowa State researchers awarded National Science Foundation grant to assess impact of extreme weather on energy production.
Summer 2017: Congrats to Kalyan Prasad Vesta for graduating with his Masters this Summer, on the topic of “Evaluating the gap in actual and predicted energy performance of LEED buildings: A case study of the State Gym at Iowa State University”.
Spring 2017: Congrats to Kaanthi Sundaravadanam for graduating with her Masters this Spring, on the topic of “Sensitivity Analysis of Building Parameters on Inverse Change Point Models of Residential Building HVAC Systems”.
December 2016: Congrats Brandon Ophoff on winning several awards for his undergraduate research project!
June 2016: ASHRAE Summer 2016 Conference: Dr. Cetin chairs two ASHRAE sessions on Net Zero Energy Buildings and on Smart Home Technologies.
June 2016: Faculty Spotlight: Dr Cetin featured in the CCEE news discussing new faculty
May 2016: ASHRAE Research Project 1710 – Effects of Dynamic Shading Devices on Daylighting and Energy Performance of Perimeter Zones – awarded! We will begin this fall in partnership with Pella and the Iowa Energy Center!
May 2016: ISU Engineering News: Kristen Cetin: Utilizing Smart Technology to Understand Building Energy Use
January 2016: New Course! Modeling and Energy Performance of Buildings & Communities (CE 594P/ConE490)
January 2016: Two new publications on long-term thermal comfort evaluation methodologies
December 2015: Partnership with the City of West Union, IA and the Iowa Economic Development Authority on energy performance assessment and energy efficiency of buildings and the district geothermal heating and cooling system in West Union, IA.