B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy
Shane is a 3rd year Environmental Economics and Policy major who has a huge passion for creating sustainable systems and serving underrepresented populations. Shane is extremely excited about creating a cost effective, scalable tiny house model that can be used as a remedy for both the housing and environmental crises. Shane quite literally lives, breaths and sleeps tiny houses. He and his girlfriend live in a tiny house they built out of a UHAUL truck, affectionately named "The Great White Bussalo". When Shane isn't building or studying, he is usually driving his tiny house up the coast looking for waves.
B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy
Abigail, standing 5’3”, truly understands that great things come in small packages. In her free time she loves to kayak, backpack, run – anything that gets her adrenaline flowing. But, spending time outdoors constantly reminds her that having a home to come back to should not be a luxury; it is a basic human right. She studies Environmental Economics and Policy, and is passionate about the environment and her community. This project helps facilitate the combination of her desire to make effective change and interest in sustainable development.
Ph.D Architecture and Building Science
Arfa is a PhD student and researcher in Architecture-Building Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include building performance simulations, climate change adaptability, data visualization, and machine learning. She leads the design team for THIMBY2 and is passionate about affordable housing and international development.
B.S. Media Studies
Director of Communications, Digital Marketing, and Photography
Sean is a Junior studying media and marketing to foster his growth in the digitalized industry of marketing and content branding. With strong skills already acquired from his work with a large-scale agency based out of Los Angeles, Sean is equipped with the necessary tools to drive THIMBY forward with a powerful social presence. When Sean isn’t studying or working, you can catch him surfing, skating, backpacking, camping, climbing, and snowboarding - all at once. Stay stoked and best vibes only!
B.S. Business Administration and Global Poverty & Practice Minor
Jeshua is a third year Business Administration major and Global Poverty & Practice minor, studying at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He cares deeply about human rights, poverty alleviation, and corporate social responsibility. For the THIMBY project, Jeshua will be working at the intersection of finance and social impact. When he is not in class or at work, you are most likely to find Jehsua traveling abroad or on a beach playing volleyball. Feel free to reach out to Jeshua at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any inquiries.
B.S. Environmental Sciences
Head of Contact
Lucas is a first year student at UC Berkeley studying Environmental Sciences. He is the acting Point of Contact for the THIMBY2.0 project and is excited to start applying his learnings to fostering positive changes within the local (and eventually global) communities. His role within the project is to establish consistent and effective communications between the THIMBY team and the City of Richmond in order to ensure that the project is well-aligned with everybody's goals.
B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy, B.A. Sustainable Environmental Design
Design Team and Environmental Impacts Analysis
Copeland loves adventure and the great outdoors! He is passionate about ensuring that future generations have the ability to enjoy our world’s resources and have access to the same quality of life (if not better!) that we have today. As the global population continues to rise, congregating in large cities he believes it is crucial to establish a sustainable affordable means of housing citizens. As this project seeks to address just that, he is thrilled to be a contributing member!
Masters of Architecture
Mauricio is an M. Arch student at UC Berkeley who has always been interested in tiny homes as a solution for secure housing and financial freedom. He knows first hand, that it is crucial for a smaller space to be multi-functional in order to accommodate the people living there as well as maximizing the potential of the space. He believes that Thimby 2.0 will have a positive impact on the community it is serving. In his spare time, you will find Mauricio playing basketball, cooking, making music, and everything in between.
B.S. Urban Studies
Gala is a fourth year Urban Studies major, who is interested in social and environmental justice. She loves Urban Studies because it allows her to explore the intersection of City Planning and Community Health, and thinks THIMBY 2.0 will enable her to do the same. Gala has worked and volunteered for various local non-profits centered around providing support for marginalized communities. She is no stranger to Richmond, as she teaches sex ed there to young women at a local middle school. In the few hours of free time she has, Gala loves to ride her bike, do arts and crafts, and be outside.
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.
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 worked for 4 years at Transsolar Energietechnik where she specialized in daylight simulation and energy analysis. In the context of the THIMBY project, Caroline is specifically interested in the design of indoor spaces and of the envelope.
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.
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./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.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.
B.A. ENGLISH / PUBLIC HEALTH
Sabrina is a fourth year at UC Berkeley studying english, public health, and public policy. She is particularly interested in the intersection of urban planning and public health, and is excited to be part of a team dedicated to contributing to the conversation about housing's role in creating healthy, sustainable communities.
M.P.P. Goldman School of Public Policy
Design Team Member, Construction Manager, Structural Lead
Brett is a MPP Candidate at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley. His focus is on energy and environmental policy, with specific interests in energy storage, buildings efficiency, and climate policy. Before coming to Berkeley, Brett spent 9 years teaching for the National Outdoor Leadership School, leading expeditions to remote, glaciated mountain ranges in Alaska and Chilean Patagonia. Between seasons, he worked as a carpenter and developed an interest in sustainable, efficient practices and design.
B.S. Energy Systems / Conservation Resource Studies
Electrical Systems Integration Engineer
Brooke is a third year Energy Systems Major with a Minor in the Energy & Resource Group. After doing various other research on campus and spending time working on renewable energy projects in rural Nicaragua, she is currently conducting research on decentralized renewables with the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory and Power For All, leads California Renewable and Adaptable Energy's research groups on microgrids in developing settings, is working as the Solar Energy Plan Developer for the City of Berkeley, serves as Co-President of BERC Undergrad, and as President of Cal Ski Team. Her love of renewable energy systems and preserving the climate make her extremely excited to work on THIMBY's electrical system — not to mention it's every skier's dream to get up close and personal with tiny houses! On weekends she can be found surfing or climbing around the bay.
M.P.P. Goldman School of Public Policy
Nancy is a first year master's student in public policy and recently completed a report for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office of Oregon examining the feasibility of tiny home villages as a cost effective way to house the homeless. She is interested in the policy implications of tiny homes as affordable housing and the possibility of scaling up THIMBY's tiny home model.
B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies
Construction Coordinator and Safety Officer
Gawain's honors work in the College of Natural Resources on heat transfer and 25 years as a Licensed General Contractor merged naturally with the inspiration of the THIMBY project. Born and raised in Berkeley with environmental action in his DNA, Gawain was inspired by THIMBY's goals of improving human impacts on the planet and as a living lab, demonstrating the potential of conservation and pollution reduction to improve the livability of our communities.
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.
J.D. SCHOOL OF LAW
Policy Research Director, Grant Coordinator
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.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.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.