Meet Our Team

Fitsum Tariku, director of the bcit building science centre of excellenceFitsum Tariku, Ph.D.
Bachelor’s Degree (Mechanical Engineering)
Master’s Degree (Mechanical Engineering)
Ph.D. (Building Engineering)
Director
Canada Research Chair in Whole-Building Performance

Dr. Tariku is a Director of Building Science Centre of Excellence, the founder and Director of the Building Science Graduate program at BCIT, an adjunct professor at Western, and a Canada Research Chair in Whole-Building Performance. Dr. Tariku’s research interests include advanced and sustainable building materials, high-performance building envelope systems, whole-building performance optimization and decision-making, building integrated solar technology, net-zero building design and operation. Dr. Tariku’s research program goal is to develop frameworks for designing of buildings that are energy efficient, durable, economical, environmentally friendly, and provides comfortable and healthy indoor air quality to occupants. Dr. Tariku has published over 100 scientific publications in the building science field, and he has developed various computer simulation tools and state-of-the art research facilities at BCIT. Dr. Tariku had contributed to two IEA/EBC sponsored international research projects, namely Annex 41 and Annex 55 and has been serving as editorial board member, guest editor and member of board of directors in local and international associations. Dr. Tariku is an active participant in three ASHRAE and two ASTM Technical Committees and currently, he is a co-subtask leader of “Field measurements and case studies” in the Annex 68 international project.

Selected publications

 

Rodrigo Mora, faculty member in building science at the bcit building science graduate program Rodrigo Mora, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Bachelor’s Degree (Civil Engineering)
Master’s Degree (Building Engineering)
Ph.D. (Building Engineering)
Faculty

 

Throughout his professional and academic career Dr. Mora’s work has focused on investigating methods to improve the integration of building systems to optimize performance. His work leverages on the inherently integrative nature of building science to help design environment responsive buildings. In particular, he is investigating occupant-responsive indoor environmental systems that operate in harmony with the outdoor environment. His research methods include modeling heat and mass transfer in buildings, coupled with methods of systems engineering, and investigations on occupants’ behaviours. 

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Bo Li, faculty member, BCIT Building Science Graduate program Bo Li, M.A.Sc., P.Eng, BESATM, CEM®
Bachelor’s Degree (Power Engineering)
Master’s Degree (Mechanical)
Ph.D. Candidate (Mechanical Engineering)
Faculty

 

Bo has a strong academic background and industry experience. Before he joined the BCIT Building Science Graduate Program as a faculty member, he worked as a senior mechanical system designer and building performance analyst. During his 16 years of professional experience in industry in China and Canada, Bo developed expertise in the design of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and the analysis of building energy performance for high-rise mixed use buildings. Bo is planning to engage in the study of high performance high-rise residential building design strategies and other applied building science research topics that would ultimately provide solutions to the practical engineering problems in the industry. Bo Li is an active professional engineer registered in British Columbia. He is an AEE Certified Building Energy Simulation Analyst (BESATM) and an AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM®). He is also a BC Hydro certified building energy modeler.

 

Emishaw Iffa, Post doctoral researcher in building science at the bcit building science centre of excellence Emishaw Iffa, Ph.D.
Bachelor’s Degree (Mechanical Engineering)
Master’s Degree (Mechanical Engineering)
Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering)
Post-Doctoral Researcher

 

Dr. Emishaw Iffa’s research background comprises computational fluid dynamics (CFD), numerical methods and experimental investigation of thermal and fluid dynamics for several mechanical and building systems. Dr. Iffa, in collaboration with Dr. Tariku, is involved in developing modelling and experimental tools to thoroughly understand the thermal, airflow and moisture distributions in various types of building envelope systems. His current research interests include, but are not limited to, studies of attic ventilation for energy efficiency and durability, performance of insulation materials and thermal imaging.

 

Wendy Ying Simpson, research analyst in building science at the bcit building science centre of excellence Wendy Ying Simpson, M.A.Sc.
Diploma (Architectural and Building Technology)
Bachelor’s Degree (Urban Planning)
Master’s Degree (Building Engineering)
Research Analyst

 

Wendy’s diverse background of urban planning, experimental research of building science and experience in construction industry developed her wide building science interests. These interests lead to designs for durable, healthy, energy efficient, and sustainable buildings in an extensive range of considering from macro scale (influence of weather, neighbourhood plan and orientation of buildings) to micro scale (conceptual and integrated building design, building envelope details and indoor climate conditions). Currently, she is involved in hygrothermal property measurements, field experimental study of building envelope component performances and indoor environmental condition monitoring in a residential apartment building.

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Doug Horn, research analyst in building science at the bcit building science centre of excellence Doug Horn, AScT, SEMAC
Research Analyst

 

 

 

Doug transitioned from a career in Information Technology to Building Science, as it provided opportunities for him to pursue work that aligned with his passion for energy conservation, sustainability, and a low carbon lifestyle. Working on projects that advance the building construction industry’s ability to build more durable, efficient, and healthier buildings fulfills Doug’s strong environmental ethic. He has worked on a number of green building projects, focusing on building energy management. This direction has enhanced his analytical skills, which are crucial for successfully completing projects at the Building Science Centre of Excellence. Currently he is involved in research projects involving high performance wall systems, moisture buffering, and rain penetration.

 

Ellen Scobie, BFA
Bachelor’s Degree (Fine Arts)
Graduate Program Assistant

 

 

Ellen is responsible for administrative and operational activities that support the Building Science Graduate Program and the Building Science Centre of Excellence. Working with the director, faculty and students, she is a resource for program administration, recruitment, admissions and advising. Ellen acts as the liaison between students, instructors, faculty and BCIT departments, providing course and program information to students.