postdoc, Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences/ Research director, Urban Ecosystem Design


Applying thermodynamics of heat transfer to sustainably reject heat from urban infrastructures

The field of mechanical engineering, material science, and landscape ecology. Work integrate cooling function of wetlands together with heat transfer mechanisms to develop "green cooling tower" technology that will remove excess heat from buildings and create a cooling effect. It is a sustainable alternative to conventional "cooling towers". Cooling towers are large scale HVAC systems that remove heat from industrial or larger buildings. It is basically a bigger air conditioner. We hope this technology will help mitigate urban heat island effect. This means we will have "wetlands" working alongside cooling towers in the cities without taking up space. This can be configured architecturally unlike cooling towers to provide aesthetic green space while at the same time cooling the environment.