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Comfort Driven Data | Carol Menassa

Carol Menassa is bringing new ways to keep people comfortable while making buildings more sustainable. Her lab concentrates on building wandering robotic sensors called “turtle-bots”, making new models that do not assume static occupancy throughout the day and developing phone applications that can collect and utilize human physiological data like heart rates, skin temperature and sleeping patterns.

About the Professor

Carol Menassa is a John L. Tishman CM Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Professor Menassa's research focuses on understanding and modeling the impact of occupants on energy use in buildings, and developing decision frameworks to sustainably retrofit existing buildings. She uses several tools such as energy simulation, complex adaptive systems modeling, high-level architecture and informatics. She has research projects focused on international construction, integrated project delivery and quantitative assessment of project manager competencies.

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About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of more than 75,000 spans the globe.