Dr. Brent Stephens

Dr. Brent Stephens is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2012 and his M.S.E. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering in 2009, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received his B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 2007. While at the University of Texas at Austin, Brent was a member of an interdisciplinary National Science Foundation IGERT program in Indoor Environmental Science and Engineering. He was also awarded a Continuing Fellowship from the Graduate School at UT-Austin in 2011. His research interests include energy, environmental, and sustainability issues within the built environment. Much of his work has focused on developing novel methods of measuring and analyzing energy use and air quality in buildings. He teaches classes in architectural and environmental engineering at IIT, including CAE 331/513 Building Science, CAE 463/524 Building Enclosure Design, and ENVE 576 Indoor Air Pollution.

Dr. Stephens is a member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), and the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA).

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Personnel

Postdoctoral Candidates

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Stephanie Kunkel

Ph.D. Candidate, Biology (expected 2014)
Postdoctoral Candidate, Environmental Engineering (starting August 2014)
Indoor bioaerosol fate, transport and control: Implications for infectious disease transmission

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) Fellowship winner, 2014-2016



  • Ph.D. Students

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    Parham Azimi

    Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering
    Indoor aerosols: Infectious aerosol risk modeling, transport, and control
    Ultrafine particle emissions from 3D printers




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    Tommy Zakrzewski

    Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Load projection modeling for district energy systems





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    Torkan Fazli

    Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering






    Master’s Students

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    Tiffanie Ramos

    M.S. Candidate, Environmental Engineering | Download thesis (pdf)
    Building science and occupancy factors impacting the microbial community inside a hospital for the Hospital Microbiome Project

  • Starr-Fieldhouse Fellowship winner, 2012-2013


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    Akram Ali

    MAS Candidate, Architectural Engineering
    The Open Source Building Science Sensors (OSBSS) project





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    Honnie Leinartas

    M.S. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Optimizing energy efficiency retrofits for existing housing in Chicago





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    Dan Zhao

    M.S. Candidate, Environmental Engineering
    Modeling the impact of residential HVAC filtration on indoor particle concentrations





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    Haoran Zhao

    MAS Candidate, Environmental Engineering
    Transport of outdoor pollutants into the indoor environment






    Undergraduate Students

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    Deion Debose

    B.S. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Open source building science sensor development
    Hot box thermal lab development




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    Boyang “Bobo” Dong

    B.S. Candidate, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Open source building science sensor development





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    Zack Zanzinger

    B.S. Candidate, Architectural Engineering
    Open source data collection systems





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    Jihad Zeid

    B.S. Candidate, Chemical Engineering
    Transport of outdoor pollutants into the indoor environment





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    Rou Yi Yeap

    B.S. Candidate, Chemical Engineering
    Modeling the impacts of filter fouling on energy consumption






    Research Associates

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    Edoarda Corradi

    MAS, Architectural Engineering, IIT, 2011
    Architectural design studio, building energy modeling, natural ventilation





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    Wen Yang

    MAS, Environmental Engineering, IIT, 2011
    Green buildings, air quality, consulting, and business development






    Former Members

    Former Ph.D. Students

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    Irina Susorova

    Ph.D., Architecture, Spring 2013 | Download dissertation (pdf)
    Evaluation of the effects of vegetated facades on thermal performance and building energy consumption





    Former Master’s Students

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    Zeineb El Orch

    M.S., Civil Engineering, Summer 2013 | Download thesis (pdf)
    Modeling indoor particles of outdoor origin across the U.S. residential building stock
    Life cycle costs of duct design in residences




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    Meng Ju (Mackenzie) Lin

    MAS Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
    Construction of a hot box thermal testing facility





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    Jun Lu

    MAS Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
    Development and validation of a hot box thermal resistance testing facility for building enclosure materials





    Former Undergraduate Students

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    Laurit Dide

    B.S. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Building science measurements for the Hospital Microbiome Project





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    Ben Wachholz

    B.S., Civil Engineering, Spring 2013






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    Hailey Kunkel

    B.S. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Modeling life cycle costs of duct designs in residences





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    Utsav Gandhi

    B.S. Candidate, Chemical Engineering
    Economic impacts of indoor air pollution in developing countries





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    Matthew Thomas

    B.S. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Designing a test duct for particle removal efficiency of HVAC filters





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    Sara Glade

    B.S. Candidate, Chemical Engineering
    Emissions and control of ultrafine particles from desktop 3D printers





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    Roxanne Myers

    B.S. Candidate, Civil Engineering
    Validation of a hot box thermal resistance testing facility for building enclosure materials





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    Nina Townley

    B.S. Candidate, Architectural Engineering
    Validation of a hot box thermal resistance testing facility for building enclosure materials






    Pets

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    Riley Stephens

    Ph.D. Candidate, Chasing Squirrels and Eating Bugs