Ömer Tugrul Karagüzel

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Ömer T. Karagüzel

Assistant Teaching Professor

Ömer is an architect, building scientist and educator with a specialization in computational simulations to support performance-based design of energy-effective, environmentally responsive and occupationally desirable built environments.

Ömer’s research interests are centered on developing integrated computational frameworks (performance simulations + predictive data analytics) that lead to technologically-informed design decisions and intelligent system controls as far as occupational comfort and environmental adaptability are concerned. Ömer conducted research with focus on the improvement of whole-building energy performance through simulation-based and systematic analyses of passive heating and cooling strategies, daylight harvesting systems, high-performance facades, occupant’s thermal-visual comfort, unconventional mechanical and electrical systems, and advanced control strategies coupled on-site renewable energy technologies.

Ömer teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses and design studio consultation on the subjects of building physics, building performance modeling, building controls and diagnostics and parametric environmental modeling for architectural design. He also has industry experience as an energy modeling manager in a large size US-based engineering consultancy firm. He is the author of 19 scholarly papers and 20+ technical/scientific reports majority of which are submitted to the U.S. DOE. He worked as a scientific reviewer (at peer and merit level) for the U.S. DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s funding calls to national labs for the programs of Commercial Building Integration and Emerging Technologies (2015~2018). He participated as an energy modeling expert to a net zero-energy building design project competition awarded by ASHRAE. He is currently the Co-PI of collaborative research projects funded by the U.S. NSF – Research Coordination Network (RCN) and NSF- Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) programs.