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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Postdoctoral Candidates


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


    Parham Azimi

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


    Tommy Zakrzewski

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


    Torkan Fazli

    Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering

    Master’s Students


    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


    Honnie Leinartas

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


    Dan Zhao

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


    Haoran Zhao

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

    Undergraduate Students


    Deion Debose

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


    Boyang “Bobo” Dong

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


    Zack Zanzinger

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


    Jihad Zeid

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


    Rou Yi Yeap

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

    Research Associates


    Edoarda Corradi

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


    Wen Yang

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

    Former Members

    Former Ph.D. Students


    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


    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


    Meng Ju (Mackenzie) Lin

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


    Jun Lu

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

    Former Undergraduate Students


    Laurit Dide

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


    Ben Wachholz

    B.S., Civil Engineering, Spring 2013


    Hailey Kunkel

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


    Utsav Gandhi

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


    Matthew Thomas

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


    Sara Glade

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


    Roxanne Myers

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


    Nina Townley

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



    Riley Stephens

    Ph.D. Candidate, Chasing Squirrels and Eating Bugs