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Future Seminars

Please check back in the Spring of 2021 for Future Industry and Guest Lectures

If you would like to attend a lecture you may contact us at

Past Seminars

Mr. Jay Egg

Who: Is the president of Egg Geothermal Systems ( and has agreed to give a lecture on behalf of the American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers ( to the 2020 student cohort. In addition to his industrial experience, he is an Author/Expert Consultant/Speaker in the area of sustainable building technology and geothermal applications (

Topic: Geothermal HVAC Systems Primer

Outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the changing seasons but underground temperatures don’t change as dramatically, thanks to the insulating properties of the earth. Four to six feet below ground, temperatures remain relatively constant year-round. A geothermal system, which typically consists of an indoor handling unit and a buried system of pipes, called an earth loop, and/or a pump to reinjection well, capitalizes on these constant temperatures to provide “free” energy. Today's master designed communities are using thermal energy storage and water-conserving technologies to enhance this.

In our homes, offices and buildings, we are paying to simultaneously heat and cool different areas and systems. Beyond our buildings, infrastructure processes are going on outside of the building that could easily be put to use as part of the diversified thermal loads on a geothermal district system.   



Dr. Michael Kane 

Who: Michael Kane is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University where his research and teaching focus on human-in-the-loop control of civil infrastructure.

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Dr. Yimin Zhu 

Who: Dr. Yimin Zhu is a professor at Louisiana State University and is a Holder of the Pulte Homes Endowed Professorship in Construction Management.

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Dr. Geoffrey Shen 

Who: Geoffrey is a Chair Professor of Construction Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has a proven track record of accomplishment of academic leadership in construction management with a special interest in sustainable construction supported by information and communication technologies. 

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Topic: Ensuring value for money in large complex construction projects 


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Ms. Liz McCormick 

Who: Liz McCormick is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her work strives to enhance architectural innovation and construction technologies in tropical regions.

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Topic: Architecture and the Environment 


Dr. Jiang Bin

Who: Dr. Bin JIANG is an assistant professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Jiang’s research focuses on investigating impacts of built environment on public health and wellbeing, social justice, sustainable urbanism, and environmental crisis. 

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Topic: Environmental research of human behavior and psychology to create healthy cities


Dr. Tsou Jin Yeu

Who: Prof. Tsou is a Professor of the School of Architecture; the Director of the Center for Housing Innovations, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Topic: Performance-based design and planning for sustainable urbanism



Dr. Chu Hung-Lam 

Who: Dr. Hung-Lam is currently Chair Professor of the Department of Chinese Culture and Chairman of the Council of PolyU’s Confucius Institute of Hong Kong. He is a scholar of the history and culture of late imperial China, his research includes the intellectual, social and political history of that period, particularly of the Ming (14-17th centuries), Neo-Confucian classics, and literary collections by Ming authors. 

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Topic: Some Chinese Cultural Concepts for Built Environment Consideration 

Dr. Lu Wilson 

Who: Wilson Lu is Professor in the Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong (HKU). His research interests focus on Construction Management with three clear directions: international construction, construction informatics, and construction waste management. 

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Topic: Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, BIM, and blockchain technologies for cross-border construction logistics and supply chain management: A Hong Kong Study 

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