Faculty members

Dr. Harmohindar SinghDr. Harmohindar Singh, PE, CEM; CERT Director; Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.
BSME and MSME, Punjab University; MSME and PhD, Wayne State University

Dr. Singh is the director for the Center for Research and Technology. He is a mechanical engineer and has 37 years of teaching, research and development experience in building energy efficiency related to heating, ventilation and air conditioning and indoor air quality. Dr. Singh's research has included the effect of cold air distribution on the thermal comfort and  reduction of particular matter in the indoor environment.

Dr. Nabil NassifDr. Nabil Nassif, PE; Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.
BSME and MSME, Damascus University; PhD, Quebec University; postdoctoral positions at Concordia University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Dr. Nassif has extensive experience in building energy systems, commissioning and fault detection, control system optimization, and air duct leakage. He has performed continuous commissioning and optimization for more than 100 commercial buildings, contributing to annual savings of hundreds of millions kilowatt hours. Dr. Nassif served as a director of engineering at an energy consulting firm, and he is a qualified provider under PECI's retrocommissioning program. He is an associate member of ASHRAE. He has published over than 15 journal papers, 25 peer-reviewed proceeding papers, many research reports and education materials.

Dr. Shamsuddin IliasDr. Shamsuddin Ilias, PE, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Lucent Technology Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow.
BS, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka; MS, University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran; PhD, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.

Dr. Ilias’s current research includes separation and recovery of fuel cell grade hydrogen using a novel membrane-reactor, development of metal-ceramic composite membranes for high temperature gas separations, development of CO-tolerant electrocatalysts for PEM fuel cell electrodes, and recovery of supercritical CO2 from processing fluid without phase change using membrane-based separations. Dr. Ilias' research interests include: membrane separations and membrane reactors; metal-ceramic composite membrane and materials; diffusion in porous media and transport modeling; computational fluid dynamics; environmental engineering. Dr. Ilias has developed a well-funded research program in the area of membrane separations and membrane reactors and holds three U.S. patents.

Mr. Robert PowellMr. Robert Powell, RA, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.
BSAE, Stanford University; MS Arch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Powell has more than 20 years experience in building design, project management, and energy use analysis. His research includes analysis of energy use in manufactured housing, development and distribution of effective energy efficiency strategies for communities, and utilization of participatory design techniques. His work has included design and project management experience on commercial buildings in the $1 million to $5 million range for an architectural engineering firm; directing a nonprofit affordable-housing development corporation; construction and construction management; and several years as a consultant in renewable energy and energy efficiency. At the university, Mr. Powell teaches courses in basic engineering principles, building design, and construction documents.


Raymond C. TesieroRaymond C. Tesiero, CERT Research Coordinator and Engineer
BSME, Rochester Institute of Technology; MSCE, N.C. A&T

Mr. Tesiero has served in a variety of executive positions in the private sector, including president of a systems integration company and VP and general manager of a global foam manufacturing corporation.  He also has 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering and project engineering management. With CERT, he is responsible for energy audits, building thermal modeling, greenhouse gas analysis, and government grant proposals. He also provides technical training for facilities personnel, documents energy usage through metering, and provides input on academic curricula in HVAC and energy. Ray conducts training and outreach programs on reducing energy and water consumption, promoting sustainable design practices and energy use, conservation, and reduction measures.