Current students

Junghoon Woo

Ph.D. candidate, Construction Management Program Contact: jhoon3037@ufl.edu

Junghoon Woo is a Ph.D. candidate at M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management. He began to work as a research assistant at the Powell Center for Construction and Environment in Fall 2016. He has been teaching a “construction survey” for the undergraduates and “the building-integrated renewable energy system” for the graduates as a TA. His dissertation topic is “A New Blockchain Framework for Existing Building Energy Performance Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV): A Pathway for the Building Sector to Participate in the Carbon Credit Market.” And he also is interested in machine learning technologies to improve the productivity of the construction industry. Junghoon holds a Bachelor, and Master of Landscape architecture degree at the Seoul National University (SNU) and an MBA at the Korea University in South Korea. He has 13-years of work experience in the construction projects in Korea Racing Authority (horse racing authority), participating in Busankyeongnam racecourse construction and remodeling projects, Yeongcheon racecourse international design project, and Seoul racecourse maintenance projects.

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Ashish T. Asutosh

Ph.D. candidate, Construction Management Program Contact: asishasutosh@ufl.edu

Ashish Asutosh is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida and is working as a graduate research assistant at Powell Center for Construction & Environment since fall of 2017. He received his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering with a focus on geotechnical engineering from S’O’A University with 16 months of work experience on various scale of projects. He received a M.Sc. in Architectural studies concentrating on Sustainable Design from University of Florida. Since 2014, he has been devoting his time on sustainability in the built environment. His interests are in Net Zero Energy buildings, smart cities, and sustainable infrastructure & construction. He was recently starred in the DCP Newsletter in fall of 2017 and got LEED AP certification. He is also involved in community service organizations helping the people in need.

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Shirley N. Morque 

Ph.D. student, Construction Management Program Contact: nellymorque@ufl.edu

Shirley is a current Ph.D. student in M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management. She joined the Powell Center for Construction and Environment as a graduate assistant in 2014. Her interest includes Energy efficiency measures in buildings, High-performance buildings, Net zero and net-positive buildings and overall sustainable energy use in buildings. The current focus of her research is reducing energy consumption in historical buildings on campus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Shirley’s 4 years of professional construction experience includes work as a project designer and engineering supervisor for a Mining company. She is an active member of PMI.

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Mansour Sodagari

Ph.D student, Construction Management Program Contact: msodagari@ufl.edu

Mansour Sodagari is a PhD student majoring in Construction Management in M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.Sc. in Health, Safety, Environment from the University of Tehran, his Master’s dissertation was an in-depth analysis of the health impact assessment of an elevated expressway and investigated the health and environmental impacts of an 8-mile segmental bridge on citizens’ lives. Mansour joined Powell Center for Construction and Environment in Spring 2018 as a research assistant to develop his knowledge about sustainable construction, green buildings, and high performance facilities, with a focus on Life Cycle Cost Analysis in Healthcare sector. He practiced construction since 2013, working on bridge construction, residential building, highway, highway lighting, and excavation as a construction engineer, Q.A and subcontractor. In summer 2019, he worked on I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Florida.

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Samira Roostaie

Ph.D. student Architecture Program Contact: sroostaie@ufl.edu

Samira Roostaie is a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida. She is a LEED GA (soon to be LEED AP) and has been working as a teaching and research assistant for the UF since Fall 2015. In an attempt to develop a joint research agenda, Samira’s work represents a collaboration between the School of Architecture and the Rinker School of Construction Management. Her fascination with sustainable design coupled with her passion for building resilience to natural hazards has resulted in multiple journal publications. Her current research focuses on the resilience of healthcare facilities to natural hazards in the state of Florida.

Wolfgang Ryor D.

Ph.D. Student in Construction Management Contact: wdryor3871@ufl.edu

Wolfgang Ryor is a Ph.D. student at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management. He began work as a research assistant at the Powell Center for Construction and Environment in Fall 2019. Wolfgang is interested in application of actuarial techniques to quantify results of environmental initiatives. He also is studying means by which microinsurance principles can be translated into the US risk management market, with focus upon supply of efficient and attractive temporary shelters. The need for these strategies is pressing to adequately respond to disasters caused by climate change. Wolfgang holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida, in Construction Management. He has also been awarded two baccalaureate degrees, given by: The University of California at Davis (Studio Art-1987); Seminole State College of Florida (Engineering Technology-2015). In the intervening period, Wolfgang was employed as a construction insurance administrator for 15 years, and as a municipal employee for 8 years.

Jiaxuan Li



Ph.D. Student in Construction Management Contact: mtsdbd@ufl.edu

Jixuan is a Ph.D. student at M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management and is working as a graduate research assistant at Powell Center for Construction & Environment since 2015. She left in 2015 after completing her Master’s degree in Construction Management at Rinker to work as an Assistant Project Manager. She returned to Powell Center in 2018 while pursuing a Ph.D in Construction Management. She is currently working on a paper on Electromagnetic field and the HUD project. Her interests include Sustainable Construction, Modular Construction and BIM modeling.

Mahya Sam

Ph.D. Student in Construction Management Contact: msam@ufl.edu

Mahya is a Ph.D. student at M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management. She began to work as a research assistant at Powell Center for Construction & Environment in Fall 2019. She received her B.S. in Architectural Engineering with a focus on Healthcare Design. Also, she received a M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from Art University of Isfahan, Iran. Her interests are in Net Zero Energy buildings, Advanced Manufactured housing, and Sustainable and Energy-Efficient construction. Now, she is working on a project called “Advanced Manufactured Housing Design” as a research assistant.

Maryam Kouhirostami

Ph.D. Student in Construction Management Contact: mkouhirostami@ufl.edu

Maryam is a Ph.D. student at M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the College of Design, Construction and Planning. She started her job as a graduate assistant at Powell Center on Spring 2020. She received her undergraduate degree in architectural engineering. Her first master was in the same field with a concentration in educational and cultural design. She received a M.Sc. in digital design and fabrication from Texas Tech University. She has more than 6 years of experience in teaching as a lecturer, instructor, and teacher assistant. She also has experience working on health care projects during her internship practice. Other than that, she has also worked as a designer, drafter and planner for 3 different companies. Her interests includes high-performance buildings, sustainable houses, net-zero buildings, prefabricated construction, and overall sustainable energy.

Arnon Khantawang

Master Student, Sustainable Construction Program Contact: apcd0061@ufl.edu

Arnon is a Master student in the Sustainable construction Program in M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management. He joined the Powell Center in Summer of 2018. His interest includes Net – zero and net positive building, Building integrated Photovoltaic and Heavy highway construction. His current research is focusing on the feasibility and state of the art of Building integrated Photovoltaic. Arnon has graduated and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and Built Environment from University of Florida. As of summer of 2019, he has worked as a field engineer with Granite Construction, in the railroad project from US-1 in Cocoa, FL to Orlando Airport.

Victoria Zoloedova

Master Student, M.E Rinker Sr, School of Construction Management Contact: v.zoloedova@ufl.edu

She joined the Powell Center for Construction & Environment in May 2017. Victoria received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow, Russia. With over 7 years of professional experience in the business side of Automotive industry, she is pursuing her new career in Construction management. She served as a Research Assistant to Dr. Sullivan on Construction Workforce Taskforce project; as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Kibert in developing Manufactured Construction Processes course. Victoria is currently a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Sullivan for graduate/undergraduate BCN3224C Construction Techniques and BCN4709C/5705C Construction Project Management courses. Victoria has been participating in the college-wide activities and served as a Vice President and a President of USGBC Rinker Student Chapter in 2017, 2018 and also as a President of Graduate Student Association of College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida in 2018-2019. Her Master’s Thesis is focused on the Feasibility analysis of DC powered homes in Florida.

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Christine Nina Cuales

Bachelor’s in Science of Sustainability and Built Environment Contact: christine0997@ufl.edu

Christine is currently a 4th year Sustainability and the Built Environment (SBE) undergraduate student at the College of Design, Construction and Planning. She joined the Powell Center for Construction and Environment as a research intern in Fall 2019, where she will be assisting and participating in research projects and papers. She will also be working on a call of action regarding climate change and how the University of Florida can do more work regarding this as part of the Powell Center’s initiatives. In Spring 2020, she also adapted the role of the Powell Center administrative assistant whilst continuing her research. She is currently working on her capstone project on Sustainable/Green Historic Buildings and BIPV poster. Her interests include Historic preservation, Green Buildings, Renewable Energy, BIPV, and Economic and Social Impact of Climate Change.