Faculty members

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.