Past Students


Marion Fauvel

Intern Summer 2016 – Energetic Performance Program

Marion was an undergraduate student in Energetic Performance Program in the INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in France, in which she studied energy performance and management in construction, urban planning and the industry industry. She joined the Powell Center For Construction and Environment in Summer 2016 for an 3-months internship. During her stay, she researched two main subjects:

  1. Manufactured Construction in Europe
  2. Net-Zero Energy in France.

She also created a worksheet to automate the calculation of heating loads from the “Solar Heating Design” book (written by William A. Beckman, Sanford A.Klein and John A.Duffie) in 1977. She had the opportunity to take two courses allowed her to learn EQuest software.



Victoria Reszetar

Undegraduate student, Construction Management Program

Victoria is currently an undergraduate student at M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management. She joined the Powell Center for Construction and Environment as a professorial assistant in 2014, where she assisted Dr. Kibert in publishing the 4th Edition to his book, Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and Delivery. Currently she is an intern for Skanska USA Building working on the UF Health Shands New CV/NS Hospital in Gainesville, FL. She also participates on the Construction Management Competition Team and the LEED/Sustainable Building Competition Team.




Master Students


Yash Garg

Graduate Student, Construction Management Program

Yash is current graduate student at M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Construction Management. He joined Powell center for construction and development in spring 2016 working as a graduate assistant for Dr. Charles J. Kibert. He has a keen interest in sustainable construction and development and currently pursuing his Master of Science in Construction. He is working on several research projects under Dr. Kibert but has a focused participation in developing course manual for TRAMCON. His interest in manufactured construction, motivated him to work on his these “Tracking technologies in Manufactured Construction” which focuses on making the process of building manufacturing, a hassle free and technology integrated process. He holds his undergraduate degree as Bachelor of Architecture with a concentration in sustainable design. He is also developing his knowledge in building certification programs such as; LEED and Green Globes. His work experience includes a summer internship in 2015 with Dade Service Corporation and year and half of working experience on different residential, commercial and K-12 projects. Please feel free touch base with him if you have questions regarding our club or sustainability in general.

 PhD Students

Picture of Lantz Holtzhower

D. Lantz Holzhower

Lantz Holtzhower is currently a Ph.D. student and instructor in the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. His interests include water conservation, rainwater harvesting, stormwater recycling, and overall sustainable water use within buildings. The current focus of his research is the implementation effects of low impact developments such as green roofs and constructed wetlands into the built environment. He holds a Master’s degree in Building Construction and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, both from the University of Florida. Lantz’s 9 years of professional construction experience includes work as project manager for construction managers, an electrical contractor and a fire protection contractor. The wide variety of projects includes a flagship institutional project, several municipal projects, K12 projects, office buildings, residential amenities and agricultural storage warehouses. He is a licensed Certified Building Contractor in the State of Florida and a member of the USGBC. Lantz lives in Northwest Gainesville with his wife, Maia, and their two daughters.


 Maryam MirhadiPicture of Maryam Mirhadi Fard, PMP®

M. Sc. Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2005; B.Sc. Industrial Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2003

2012 AACE (The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) International Scholarship; 2012 AACE International Scholarship- North Florida Section; 2011 BCN Abdol Chini Scholarship; 2011 Dr. Harold Kerzner Scholarships, sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI); 2011 AACE (The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering) International Scholarship; 2011 AACE International Scholarship- North Florida Section PUBLICATIONS: The author or co-author of several peer-reviewed journal papers MEMBER: PMI, AACE, SLX, ACI, PCI, ASCE

Picture of Deny DwiantoroDeny Dwiantoro

Deny Dwiantoro is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Construction Management at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. He joined the Powell Center for Construction and Environment in the spring of 2011. He just finished a research project for Building America focusing on tankless water heater retrofit funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. His current research is in total energy measurement supported by Dr. Charles J. Kibert. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and MBA degree in Management of Technology, both from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Indonesia. He began his professional career as an engineer in training for a power plant equipment manufacturer and contractor in 2003, and continued to work as a project leader in a commercial contracting firm.  In addition, he has worked as a piping construction engineer and lead piping engineer in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects; the projects developed oil treatment facilities and liquefied petroleum gas facilities as well as modified existing offshore platforms. Deny is a licensed mechanical engineer and a member of Indonesian Professional Engineer Association (PIPI). His interests are in construction management and sustainable energy alternatives.

Picture of James J. McCarthyJames J. McCarthy

Jim McCarthy is currently an interdisciplinary PhD ABD/Instructor concentrating on the international built environment at The Powell Center for Construction and Environment under Dr. Charles Kibert.  He teaches BCN1582/International Sustainable Development. His interests include sustainable technologies, renewable energy, net-zero energy, sustainable leadership and corporate sustainability as applied to the international built environment. Jim has a BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from Vanderbilt University and an MSRE from The University of Florida. Jim has held positions in New York City, London, Denver and Los Angeles, working in internet technology marketing, venture capital, and finance. He is also graduate of Fort Benning’s Infantry Training School and of The Hill School. Jim is an avid tennis player and was an All-State lacrosse player in high school.

Visiting Scholars

The Powell Center for Construction and Environment also hosts visiting scholars from all over the world, helping in the propagation of sustainability principles worldwide.

Rogerio Amoeda

Porto , Portugal

Bachelor Architecture, Faculty of Architecture – University of Porto (1991)
Master in Science Civil Engineering, School of Engineering – University of Minho(2004)
Ph.D. Student Architecture, Department of Architecture – University of Minho

Rogerio is a fulltime Ph.D. Student, working under a research fellowship from the Portuguese government. His primary research interest is in the field of building deconstruction and is developing a model to evaluate deconstruction potential at the design stage, based on energy systems dynamics.

He is also a professional architect since 1992 and partner architect since 1994, developing work on building design and urban planning for public and private clients.