New SURFers Chosen to Continue Developing Living Building Interactive Monitoring Systems

2019 SURF Group Photo

Group photo of the 2019 Sustainable Undergraduate Research Fellows. Back Row L to R: Leah Nofsinger, William Abdallah, Farouk Marhaba, Alexandra Shultz, Kathryn McCarthy, Ranal Tudawe, Shivan Mittal, Gigi Pavur, Leo Chen, Matthew Lim, Kyte Harvey, and Michael Chang.
Front Row L to R: Joey Buehler, Kat Matthews, Ashlyn Sasser, Micah Landwermeyer, Jeniveve Vaia, Elizabeth Krakovski, Anielle Duritza, Christi Nakajima, Conner Hawley, and Kian Halim.
Not Pictured: Chloe Kiernicki, and Olivia Wagner.

Twenty three Georgia Tech students have been selected for the second class of Sustainable Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF). Twenty are new to the position, and three are returning from the previous year of the program. The Fellows represent all six colleges at Georgia Tech and were selected from a highly qualified and competitive field of students. They are:

  • Leo Chen (returning), Computer Science
  • Kian Halim (returning), Computational Media
  • Gigi Pavur (returning), Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • William Abdallah, Industrial Engineering
  • Joseph Buehler, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Anielle Duritza, Environmental Engineering
  • Kyte Harvey, Mechanical Engineering
  • Connor Hawley, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Chloe Kiernicki, Architecture
  • Elizabeth Krakovski, Public Policy
  • Matthew Lim, Computer Engineering
  • Micah Landwermeyer, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Farouk Marhaba, Computer Science
  • Kat Matthews, Business
  • Kathryn McCarthy, Biology
  • Shivan Mittal, Physics
  • Christi Nakajima, Public Policy
  • Leah Claire Nofsinger, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ashlyn Sasser, Industrial Design
  • Alexandra Schultz, Chemical Engineering
  • Ranal Apeksha Tudawe, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeniveve Vaia, Material Science and Engineering
  • Eliya Olivia Wagner, Environmental Engineering

The paid research fellows are developing prototypes of interactive building monitoring systems that convey the unique elements, qualities, and performance of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design (under construction) and the behaviors that it engenders among its occupants and visitors. Through SURF, the students will learn about sustainability, systems thinking, and how to apply these principles to the Georgia Tech Living Building. Their work is facilitated by Dr. Michael Chang, Deputy Director of the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems.

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