Dr. Kristen Cetin, PhD, P.E., LEED AP

Dr. Cetin is an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Kristen researches building energy use and performance, including how to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use, and reduce peak electric grid load contributions, as well as building sustainability.  She is also interested in smart technologies, and how the use and integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) can enhance building performance, comfort, and real-time assessment of performance. Dr Cetin also has experience in the assessment of the thermal and hygrothermal performance of buildings, and development of inverse grey-box and black-box models for building energy performance. She teaches courses on building systems, energy performance, and thermodynamics-based modeling. Photo

Kristen has been a faculty member at Iowa State University since she received her PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2015. While at UT, she was an NSF IGERT Fellow, with a focus on Sustainable Grid Integration of Renewable and Distributed Resources.  Prior to her PhD studies, Dr Cetin worked in the commercial building consulting industry at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in the Building Technology division, where she also became a Professional Engineer and LEED AP for Building Design and Construction. Previously she also received an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2010 and 2009 at the University of Maryland.

She is an active member of ASHRAE, particularly in Technical Committee 7.5 – Smart Building Systems, and is a member of ASCE, and IAEE.


PhD Candidates

Huyen Do graduated Bachelor of Engineering in Construction Economics and Project Management at The University of Danang, University of Science and Technology (UD-UST), Vietnam in 2008. Then, she has been a lecturer at UD-UST from 2008 to present. She spent two years (2010-2012) at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea for the Master of Engineering in Construction Management program and focused on the green construction and sustainable development. Her research areas of interest are smart building system improving efficiency of building energy consumption and big data analysis. She is currently a PhD student in the CCEE department in Construction Engineering. Huyens-picture
Sajed Sadati earned his BSc and MSc degrees in the field of Structural Dynamics from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He worked on identification of dynamic parameters of nonlinear structures during his masters at AUT. Because of his interest in studies on sustainable development and renewable energy technologies, he pursued a second master in Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems program at Middle East Technical University (METU), Northern Cyprus Campus, starting from September 2013. His research at METU included investigation on applications of energy storage systems for deploying renewable energy units. During his studies on renewable energy technologies he had researches on the feasibility of installing renewable energy units based on the available meteorological data for any specific region. His research interests include sustainable constructions, integration of renewable energy technologies in building design, energy storage systems and modeling of nonlinear structures. He is currently a PhD student in the CCEE department in Construction Engineering. Sajeds-picture
Niraj Kunwar completed his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Durgapur, India in 2012. Then, he worked as a service engineer at Pooja International (Volkswagen Nepal) until 2015, where he learned about various engineering systems and innovative technology derived from such systems. His research area of interests are Simulation and Visualization, Control and Optimization of HVAC systems and Data analysis. He is currently a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department. nkunwar
Elham Jahani completed her BSc degree in Geomatics Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology. She has had four years of job experience in Iran in the field of Geomatics and Construction. She continued her masters studies in the field of Sustainable Environment and Energy Systems at Middle East Technical University (METU). Her masters thesis was on the application of sustainable practices for improving water management in urban areas. During her studies at METU, she also had conducted research on renewable energy resources and employing renewable hybrid energy systems for providing clean energy for communities located on islands based on meteorological data. Her research areas of interest include sustainable approaches to enable more resilient cities and communities with regards to water and energy issues. She is currently a PhD student at the CCEE department in Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering
Debrudra Mitra completed his Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters degree in Energy Science and Technology from Jadavpur University, India in 2014 and 2016 respectively. His master thesis focused on studying on different types of sustainable building envelopes. During his masters degree he also conducted research on sustainable building envelope materials and concentrated solar thermal applications. His research area of interest is on sustainable building energy systems. He is currently a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering Department.

Masters Students

Renee Fleming earned her BS in Construction Engineering with a minor in Psychology from Iowa State University in 2012. Following completion of her degree she worked for Mortenson Construction, Federal Contracting Group, in Jacksonville, NC from 2012 to Dec 2013. Renee then relocated to Hawaii to work for Kiewit Building Group from 2014 to 2016. She began work towards her MS in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction in the Fall of 2017. Currently she works full time at ISU’s Facilities, Planning and Management, and also works part-time on her MS, including an engineering education-focused project, involving the means and methods in which students, professors and industry personnel solve ill-structured problems.

Nancy Nicho is a masters student in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies. Her three focus areas are Civil Engineering, Architecture and Education. Nancy’s creative component project focuses on the development of educational modules for K-12 student on energy efficiency and building performance.

Kaanthi Sundaravadanam graduated from Iowa State University in Summer 2017 with her masters in in Construction Engineering and Management. Her masters work focused on Sensitivity Analysis of Building Parameters on Inverse Change Point Models of Residential Building HVAC Systems She currently works full-time at Nelson Engineering. She holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, India, 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she focused on the efficient design of the piping system for her college campus and also focused on the quality testing of the materials.

Kalyan Prasad Vesta graduated from Iowa State University in Spring 2017, majoring in Construction Engineering and Management. Kalyan’s research topic was on Evaluating the gap in actual and predicted energy performance of LEED buildings: A case study of the State Gym at Iowa State University. Currently he works as a Project Manager for Stueve Construction in Sioux Falls, SD. Prior to ISU, he graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, India with Bachelors in Civil Engineering in 2015. During study at VIT, he conducted research on the utilization of sustainable materials in concrete as a substitute of conventional materials. He also worked as an intern at a power plant construction as an undergraduate to gain practical experience.

Undergraduate Students

Nick Steinmetz is an undergraduate engineering student at Iowa State University. During Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, Nick is working on full-scale testing and data analysis of dynamic shading and lighting for ASHRAE Project RP-1710. He plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in general business in Spring 2019.

Paige Taylor is an undergraduate engineering student at Iowa State University. Her Fall 2017 project will focus on Bridging the gap between academia and industry in approaches for solving ill-structured problems. Paige plans to graduate in Spring 2018 with her Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering.

Anish Bhatt is an undergraduate engineering student at Iowa State University in Civil Engineering. His Spring 2017 honors project was on the topic of Hach Hall LEED Building Energy Analysis. He currently works on data analysis with Cedar Falls Utilities. He plans to graduate in Fall 2019.

Carter Miller is an undergraduate engineering student at Iowa State University. In Spring and Fall 2017 he worked on the assessment of the impact of energy efficient features on residential rental prices in multiple cities throughout the U.S.

Brendan Harms graduated in Spring 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, Brandon worked on the development of a simplified 1D thermodynamic model of electrically conductive concrete pavements in Spring 2017. Currently he works for Resource Consulting Engineers in Ames, IA.

Derek Lester is an undergraduate engineering student at Iowa State University. In Spring 2017 Derek worked on the full-scale testing of dynamic shading and lighting for ASHRAE Project RP-1710.

Trevor Andersen graduated in Spring 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. While at ISU Trevor contributed significantly to the development of modeling techniques and data analytics of utility and smart meter data for improved prediction of energy use.

Brandon Ophoff graduated in December 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Construction Engineering. He now works at the Baker Group in Des Moines, IA. His final honor project was titled University Campus LEED Building Energy Consumption Analysis: A Case Study in Predicted Versus Actual Energy Consumption
Jayde Lovejoy is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. In her undergraduate degree, she has focused her studies on sustainable energy and HVAC design.
Mary Anton is an undergraduate student at Iowa State University majoring in Mathematics and teaching licensure with a minor in Learning Technologies. She will graduate in the fall of 2019. She plans on being a high school math teacher after graduation. She has had two internships with John Deere in the accounting department and works as a math tutor through Iowa State University.