This project brings together undergraduate AND GRADUATE students from UC Berkeley's Energy & Resources Group, College of Environmental Design, College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology Program, AND SCHOOL OF LAW.
THIMBY@Berkeley distinguishes itself by virtue of its explicit dedication to "tiny" construction.Further, the group's interdisciplinary nature spans policy, business, mechanical engineering, renewable energy, environmental design, among other applications-based academic areas, affording a singular opportunity for cross-disciplinary innovation.
WHO WE ARE
M.S./PH.D ENERGY & RESOURCES GROUP
Ian's work has involved applying mathematical modeling techniques to a variety of contexts, from interior convection in Venus to injury prevalence to sacrifice bunting in college baseball games. A graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and a focus in geophysics, he spent three years modeling health burden at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation before coming to UC Berkeley. He is excited to have a hand in all aspects of the THIMBY project and is particularly enthusiastic about implementing the results of energy modeling and design into real, physical systems.
B.A. ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
Website and Social Media COORDINATOR
Oriya is a third year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. As an environmental design student, he is interested in the intersection of sustainable design and economic empowerment in the urban setting. In the context of this project, Oriya is specifically interested in the potential scalability of tiny house communities as a sustainable solution for low income housing.
M.S./PH.D MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Zach’s research involves advanced manufacturing for energy, specifically printable batteries. He has experience building structures and rainwater catchment systems as a previous project manager for Engineers Without Borders.
B.A. URBAN STUDIES
AJ is a third year undergraduate at UC Berkeley. His past work in videography and digital media has involved nonfiction work with local community organizations including local access cable. AJ is excited to combine his skill-set in video production with his passion for learning new things and working with his hands. As an urban studies major, he is interested in the impact that tiny houses and tiny living have as alternatives to current land use patterns and as a potential opportunity for infill development.
PH.D APPLIED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
SponsorshipS Director, Electronics Lead
Kenny’s research focuses on electronic properties of exotic new materials. He has experience with electronic circuitry and recently built a boat in his backyard.
PH.D ARCHITECTURE / BUILDING SCIENCE
Caroline is a PhD Candidate in Building Science in Architecture. Her research focuses on indoor environmental quality for buildings using radiant systems. Before returning to graduate school, she has worked for 4 years at Transsolar Energietechnik where she specialized in daylight simulation and energy analysis. In the context of THIMBY project, Caroline is specifically interested in the design of indoor spaces and of the envelope.
B.S. CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
David’s prior work has given him experience with construction project management and electrical systems. In addition to his major, David is studying energy engineering and public policy. Within the THIMBY project, he is excited about creating environmentally sustainable buildings and the potential scalability of the tiny house to confront challenges of affordable housing.
B.S. ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY PUBLIC RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVE
Amaia is a fourth year student studying Environmental Economics and Policy. While at Berkeley, she has been involved with the Zero Waste Team, The Green Initiative Fund, and BEACN, a student environmental consulting organization. Through her involvement and passion for energy and the environment, she's excited to connect THIMBY to the sustainability community at Cal as the Public Relations Representatives.
M.B.A Haas School of Business
Sauming’s professional experience in consulting and project management has spanned a number of clients in the Fortune 500. As a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Accountancy, she is interested in design and sustainability initiatives and participates in Sustainability and Smart Building service business development through her current experience in management consulting. At THIMBY, Sauming is excited to learn more about design, materials, the building process, and the scalability of the project for impacts on the social space.
M.S./PH.D ENERGY & RESOURCES GROUP
Design Team Member, HVAC LEad
Imran has almost 10 years experience working in the energy efficiency space at Rocky Mountain Institute, Johnson Controls, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. This work has spanned residential energy efficiency, commercial building control systems, redesign of large industrial facilities, and engineering education for radical resource efficiency.
M.A. ENERGY & RESOURCES GROUP
Secretary, Agriculture Lead
Laney is an M.A. student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. She studied green urban design principles as an undergraduate at Tufts University, helped design a water storage system for an Engineers Without Borders project, and is an avid urban gardener interested in the use of plants and plant waste materials for energy provision.
J.D. SCHOOL OF LAW
communications + Policy director
Roopika's interests include healthy community planning, sustainable resource management, environmental justice, and energy law. Her work in California policy has spanned a variety of issues, including stormwater, climate adaptation, and energy efficiency. Roopika is currently a J.D. Candidate at Berkeley Law.
M.ARCHITECTURE/M.S. BUILDING SCIENCE
Design Team Member
Sara's interests include passive heating and cooling design and evaluation, energy efficiency, energy modeling tools for early design phases, and materials hazard assessment. Her current research is at the interface of architecture, public health, and chemistry, analyzing tools and metrics for characterizing hazard in building materials.
M.S./PH.D ENERGY & RESOURCES GROUP
operations director, Water/Waste Lead
A graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S in mechanical engineering. A selection of her work includes drilling water wells in Central America, designing solar systems for Yellowstone National Park, and water distribution systems in Cameroon. She began her work in fecal sludge as a research engineer for Georgia Tech Research Institute and created her own start-up company, Sanivation, to focus on solar treatment of human waste and conversion to charcoal in Kenya. She plans on using her time at ERG to research farther development of feces to energy.
M.S. BUILDING SCIENCE
Kit's research focuses on studying indoor environmental quality of buildings and methods of producing desirable indoor environments in an energy and resource efficient manner. In addition, Kit has researched the design and performance of passive cooling techniques and is interested in existing building commissioning. Before returning to graduate school, Kit worked as a sustainability consultant, providing design phase consulting for architectural design teams.
As a Master of Architecture student, Chris is interested in designing beautiful, functional structures that make the most of natural sources of light and heat. Previously Chris worked in the energy efficiency sector, where he built demonstration programs that showcase the capabilities of efficient lighting and lighting control technologies. At Berkeley, he plans to continue working with light (both natural and artificial) as a means of improving energy performance and aesthetic experience in buildings.