04/02/2019: Avery Layne, a CITY@UMD undergraduate researcher who has been working with the cluster since 2017, was honored as the Executeive Board Member of the Year (2018-2019) for Region II of the National Society Black of Engineers (NSBE) at their 45th Annual Convention. Here Avery (left) is seen with Region II Chairperson Obum Egolum.
03/13/2019: For their work on TerpFootprints, built in collaboration with UMD's Facilities Management Department, CITY@UMD was given an Innovation Award for Higher Ed Energy Data Management. The award was presented to Dr.Srebric, Director of CITY@UMD, and Chauncey Jenkins of UMD's FM at the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit in Houston, Texas.
11/16/2018: Daniel Dalgo, a member of the CITY@UMD research group since 2015 successfully defends his Dissertation "Data-driven Analysis of Individual Thermal Comfort with Personalized Cooling".
05/22/2016: During the 11th Annual Maker Fair, our robotic personalized conditioning device had its debut at the west coast. Two of these devices are going to be tested with the involvement of human subjects to validate our existing numerical evaluations.
05/20/2016: The first annual meeting of CITY@UMD took place on Friday, May 20, 2016 as a brainstorming session of the core research team (Left to Right: Heidarinejad, Negahban-Azar, Mattise, Srebric and Pavao-Zuckerman). The first joint project will include food production and term-fluid data collection at the South Dining Hall green roof during summer 2016.
05/18/2016: Dr. Andy Persily, Chief of Energy and Environment Division at the Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was a distinguished speaker at CITY@UMD on May 13, 2016. His talk highlighted opportunities for future development of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 “Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings”.
04/11/2016: Jelena Srebric presented on “Building Ventilation, Occupants, and Microbiome” at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) per invitation by the NAS Committee on Microbiomes of the Built Environment. As the committee focused on accelerating existing and new knowledge into application, Srebric suggested to consider influencing factors, such as dynamic ventilation rates and modes, to enable development of effective applications. For more details you could check
The Cluster for Sustainability in the Built Environment was granted funds by UMD's Office of Sustainability to design and build a rooftop garden on the South Campus Dining Hall.
The Cluster for Sustainability in the Built Environment was featured in the UMD Student Newspaper, The Diamondback, for their work creating UMD's latest and greatest utility monitoring dashboard.