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Meet the Team

Meet the SHaDE Research Lab team, from current members, to ASU alumni, and everything in-between.

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Ariane Middel

School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (AME) | School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE), Arizona State University

Ariane Middel’s research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of urban climate with focus on climate-sensitive urban form, design, landscapes, and infrastructure in the face of extreme heat and climatic uncertainty.

Ali Alyakoob

PhD Student in Sustainable Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University

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Ananth Udupa

Bachelor’s Student in Architecture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Ananth studies architecture in the Herberger School of Design and Arts with particular interest in the integration of multicultural architecture styles and green infrastructure in urban climates. Outside of academics, he is a classically trained Bharatanatyam dancer and participates in many cultural events and competitions.

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Deepti Paul

PhD Student in Sustainable Energy, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Deepti is a graduate Computer Software Engineering student at Arizona State University. Her interest lies in app development, data visualization, climate informatics, applying data science in advanced sustainability research and integrating computer science in solving major urban heat problems.

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Erin Epel

Bachelor's Student, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University

Erin is a second-year student at ASU Barrett studying Sustainability and Spanish. She is interested in studying sustainable agricultural practices as well as the impact of green infrastructure in urban areas. In her free time, she loves to hike, rock climb, and paint.

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Florian Schneider

PhD Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Florian Schneider is interested in climate change related research with a MS focus on Arctic climate change and a PhD focus on heat mitigation strategies. He is also passionate about science communication to better communicate scientific results to non-scientific audience.

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Garrett Storey

Bachelor's Student, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University

Garrett is a third-year student earning a Chemistry B.S. and Sustainability minor at ASU. He is interested in urban climate research, air & water pollution, and sustainable city systems. He's extremely passionate about the health and safety of Arizona's citizens and ecology. Outside of school, he is a published poet and coffee shop fanatic.

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Gisel Guzmán

PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Gisel Guzmán is a first-year geography Ph.D. student at the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is willing to the idea of conceiving cities for people's well-being, so always likes to involve people-space relationships in her work. Her research interest is focused on biometeorology (personal thermal exposure), urban climate, extreme-weather events meteorology, remote sensing, and GIS.

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Isaac Buo

Ph.D. Student, Department of Geography, University of Tartu, Estonia

Isaac is interested in studying the spatial variability and impacts of extreme climate events in urban areas with remote sensing technologies.

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Kayshavi Bakshi

Bachelor's student in Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, Matter, Transport & Energy & Barrett the Honors College

Kay is a student at ASU Barrett studying Mechanical Engineering and a minor Spanish. She is interested in studying heat mitigation techniques and urban climate research. In her free time, she loves to cook, paint, and play guitar.

Maddie Potts

Bachelor's Student, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University

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Biometeorological Instrument Platform, SHaDE Lab

MaRTy is interested in exploring how the thermal environment is experienced by pedestrians MaRTy is a tree hugger, shade hunter, heat walker, and thermal comfort expert.

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Matthew Huff

Master’s Student in Computer Science, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Matthew Huff is a Computer Science student at Arizona State University with an interest in climate modeling, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence.

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Zachary Van Tol

PhD Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Zach is a first-year doctoral student with an interest in reducing urban climate inequities. Passionate about reading and writing, he aspires to improve decision-making by advocating for more informed, science-driven public policy.

(Past) Visiting Scholars

Mansoureh Gholami

PhD Student, University of Bologna, Italy

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Saud AlKhaled

Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture, Kuwait University

Dr. AlKhaled’s research explores false interpretations of urban standards on the performance of the built environment and the nexus of design to address climate challenges, particularly in hot desert cities.

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Shreya Banerjee

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Architecture & Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India

Shreya is an urban planner-architect and a Doctoral Research Scholar in Urban Planning and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, India. Her research interest includes the application of statistical learning and computational techniques to solve real-world challenges in the domain of Sustainable Housing and Community Planning and International Development with a special emphasis on human bio-meteorology and climatology, urban informality, energy use and healthy community, real estate and urban economics.

Alumni

Abdullah Ali A Aldakheelallah

Master’s Student in Architecture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Nicole Burkard

Master’s Student in Computer Science, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Peter J. Crank

PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Brian Grant

PhD Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Eric Kinner

Bachelor’s Student in Computer Science, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Karthik Kashinath Kulkarni

Master's Student, Computer Engineering, Arizona State University

Jonas Lukasczyk

PhD Student, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany

Julia Marturano

Bachelor's Student, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Garrett Miller

Bachelor’s Student in Digital Culture, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Brian Rojas

PhD Student, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

Lei Zhang

Master’s Student in Software Engineering, Arizona State University

Yujia Zhang

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Bing-Bing Zhou

PhD Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

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