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Grant Projects

  • Principal Investigator, "The Effect of Smart Ambient Bright Light for Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's   Disease and Related Dementias", National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Aging (NIA), $667,410, 2022-2024.

  • Principal Investigator, "CAS-Climate: An Integrated Framework to Investigate Thermal Resilience of Sustainable Buildings and Living Environments for Greater Preparedness to Extreme Temperature Events", National Science Foundation, $615,774, 2022-2026.

  • Principal Investigator, "Collaborative Research: Solar Energy Harvesting, Photothermal-Photovoltaic Dual Modality Building Skins towards Energy Neutral Civil Structures", National Science Foundation, $250,004, 2020-2024.


  • Principal Investigator, "Spectrally‐Selective Solar Films for Operational Energy Conservation of Urban Greenhouses", United States Department of Agriculture, $589,709 ($299,538 Matching Fund), 2020-2023.

  • Principal Investigator, “CAREER: Thermal and Optical Behavior of the Near Infrared (NIR)-Selective Dynamic Glazing Structures for Buildings”, National Science Foundation, $555,000, 2019-2024.

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “The Effectiveness of Smart Lighting in Reducing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms for Residents with Dementia in Nursing Homes: A Pilot Programmatic Clinical Trial”, Brown University / National Institute on Aging (NIH) Impact Collaboratory, $150,000, 2020-2021 (Cancelled).

  • Principal Investigator, “Establishing Cross-disciplinary Architectural Lighting Education”, the Nuckolls Fund, $20,000, 2018-2021.

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Evaluate Opportunities to Provide Training Simulation for ODOT Snow and Ice Drivers”, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Phase I $39,750, 2018-2019 (Phase II $952,938 as Independent Consultant, 2019-2022). 

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Indoor Location Using LTE Direct Mode Operations via BIM”, the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), $398,869, 2017-2019.

  • Principal Investigator, “Sensible home: Micro-environmental Control through Wearable Personal Sensors”, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3 Grant Phase I and II, $120,000, 2016-2019.

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “The Photothermal Effects of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles on Energy Efficient Windows”, the National Science Foundation, $349,948, 2016-2020.

  • Principal Investigator, “Integrating BIM into Biomimicry for Sustainable Design” the Architecture Research Grant Program of Boston Society of Architects (BSA) / American Institute of Architects (AIA), $10,000 (12 months), 2010-2011.

  • Principal Investigator, “Study on Bioclimatic Features of Bio-inspired Kinetic Envelopes Based on Parametric Methods of BIM” the National Natural Science Foundation of China, ¥250,000, 2013-2016.

  • Principal Investigator, “Applicability of Kinetic Building Envelopes in Subtropical Climate Zone in China”, Chinese State Key Laboratory Foundation of Subtropical Building Science, ¥50,000, 2013-2014.

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Rural House Energy in the Hot-summer and Cold-winter Climate Zone” the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), ¥810, 000, 2013-2018.

Internal Projects

  • Principal Investigator, “Wearable Sensor Development for Individualized Indoor Comfort and Circadian Health Monitoring," $80,000, Penn State Center for Biodevices, 2023-2024.

  • Principal Investigator, “Design of wearable sensing and monitoring system on personalized indoor thermal comfort, $33,072, Penn State Center for Human Evolution and Diversity, 2022-2023.

  • Principal Investigator, “Building Energy Savings by Tuning Indoor Lighting, $30,000 plus GIA, PSU-IEE Seed Grant, 2020-2021.

  • Principal Investigator, “Tailored Building Energy Use Feedbacks to Facilitate Residential Energy Saving Behaviors”, UC-AHSS Grant, $36,000, 2017-2019. ​

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “Nano Harvesting of Waste Traffic Vibration Energy for Noise Reduction and Air Quality Role", UC-OoR Strategic Grant, $25,000, 2019-2020.

  • Co-Principal Investigator, “UC Paving the Way for Vehicle Highway Automation: An Integrated Simulation-Centered Testing Platform", UC-OoR Strategic Grant, $70,000, 2019-2020.

Consulting Projects

  • "Assess the Effectiveness of Type 2 and Type 3 Safety Vest for Day and Night Use", the Ohio Department of Transportation/ Federal Highway Administration, $403,326.37, 2019-2022

  • “Evaluate Opportunities to Provide Training Simulation for ODOT Snow and Ice Drivers”, the Ohio Department of Transportation, Phase II $952,938, 2019-2022. ​

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