Jianshun “Jensen” Zhang

Executive Director, SyracuseCoE

Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Dr. Zhang has more than 30 years of research experience in built environmental systems  (BES) and is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering & Computer Science at Syracuse University. He is one of three co-leaders of the University’s Energy and Environment research cluster and is its Heathy and Intelligent Built Environments subcluster lead. Zhang also serves as the program director in the Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory at Syracuse University. Currently he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of building energy and environmental systems and fundamental heat and mass transfer.

Professor Zhang’s research ranges multi-scale BES from nano/micro-scale in porous media to buildings and urban environment and involves engineering, architectural design, human health, and performance. His research interests include air purification and ventilation, indoor air quality, building energy and environmental systems, and intelligent buildings. He also leads an international group in developing methods and tools for combined heat, air, moisture and pollutant simulations (CHAMPS) for building systems. Zhang led the International Association of Building Physics from 2015-2018 and was Chair of the International Building Physics Conference, held in Syracuse in 2018.

Professor Zhang received B.S. and M.S. degrees from China Agriculture Engineering University in Beijing and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored/co-authored over one hundred peer-reviewed journal papers and refereed conference papers, one book, 2 ASTM and 1 ANSI/BIFMA Standards. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals: “Energy and Buildings,” HVAC&R Research,” “Ventilation,” “Building Simulations,” “High-Rise Buildings,” and “Frontiers of Architectural Research.”

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Scott MacBain

Chair, SyracuseCoE Industry Partners Council
Director, Global Compression & Motors/Aero-Acoustics & Vibration Engineering, Carrier, Syracuse

Scott MacBain is responsible for the development of compression, air management, and sound & vibration technologies for Carrier products worldwide. He has over 28 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Bing Dong

Associate Director of Grid-Interactive Buildings, SyracuseCoE

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Bing Dong has research interests in quantum computing in building operation, machine learning for building science, modeling occupant behavior in buildings and cities, occupant-centric building operation, buildings-to-grid integration, grid-interactive efficient buildings, urban scale energy system modeling and control and more. Dong has led 31 research projects funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy (DOE), ARPA-E, NYSERDA, Honeywell, Carrier, and many other industry partners. He has over 100 journal and conference papers published, including two best paper awards from Journal of Building and Environment and Building Simulation, respectively. Dong is the recipient of the 2018 IBPSA-USA Emerging Contributor Award, the 2019 NSF CAREER Award, 2023 ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and 2023 IBPSA World Fellow. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Building Simulation and Journal of Ventilation. He serves as research subcommittee chair for ASHRAE TC 7.10 Occupant behavior in buildings, as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Building Physics. Dong joined Syracuse University in 2019.

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Ian M. Shapiro

Associate Director of Building Science and Community Programs, SyracuseCoE

Professor of Practice, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University

Ian M. Shapiro is an expert of building science, green building design and retrofits, affordability in approaches to reduced carbon emissions, and more. Shapiro holds both an undergraduate degree and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and Columbia University, respectively. He is the founder of Taitem Engineering and 2016 recipient of the New York State Green Building Conference’s ‘Green Building Advocate of the Year‘ award. Shapiro has also authored two building energy-focused publications, Energy Audits and Improvements in Commercial Buildings (2016) and Green Building Illustrated, 2nd edition (2020). He brings over 35 years of industry experience to Syracuse as a SU professor of practice and SyracuseCoE Associate Director of Building Science and Community Programs.

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Tamara Rosanio

Associate Director of Partner Programs, SyracuseCoE

Tamara Rosanio is SyracuseCoE’s Associate Director of Partner Programs. She directs the programming and activities of SyracuseCoE’s Partner Programs, and also manages the execution of multiple sponsored projects, including those funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and NYSERDA. Tammy also has more than 20 years of experience in directing legislative and constituency operations for federal and state legislators, and she holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.