The Built Environment Research Group (BERG) is the research group of Dr. Brent Stephens in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. BERG is dedicated to investigating problems and solutions related to energy and air quality within the built environment. We work on projects ranging from measuring exposures to indoor air pollution to dynamic building energy modeling.

If you are interested in (1) working with, (2) sponsoring, or (3) learning more about the Built Environment Research Group, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always looking for motivated students interested in architectural engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or architecture to work in the group.

If you are new to grad school at IIT or are interested in learning more about how BERG operates, take a look at our compilation of information for new graduate students.

The Built Environment Research Group in the news

Our recent paper in Atmospheric Environment, “Ultrafine particle emissions from desktop 3D printers”, has been the subject of several recent news reports, including articles on, Gizmodo, IEEE Spectrum, Huffington Post, Fast Company Co.Exist, and internationally in The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, and Le Monde. It has also become the most downloaded paper in Atmospheric Environment in the last 90 days!

Dr. Stephens also recently gave a presentation for the AIA Housing Knowledge Community (HKC) webinar series called “Indoor Exposures to Outdoor Air Pollution.” Watch and listen to the whole presentation above. A similar updated presentation, presented via webinar for Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS), is also available here. Thanks to the Heinz Endowment and ROCIS team for putting this on.

Working with BERG

If you are interested in working with us as a graduate student, you should submit an application to the Graduate Admissions office at IIT with a note describing your intent to work with Dr. Stephens and the Built Environment Research Group. You may also contact Dr. Stephens directly with questions prior to submitting your application.