Environmental Engineering

Shichao Liu, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the Ralph G. Nevins Physiology & Human Environment Award by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The award recognizes investigators under the age of 40 for accomplishments in the study of bioenvironmental engineering and its effect on human comfort and health. Liu researches how building environments impact occupants. He is leading a three-year study of how classroom environments impact college student learning, and he was recently awarded a Rapid Response Research grant from the National Science Foundation to study how the novel coronavirus global pandemic is related to stress in college students and their ability to learn in remote settings. ASHRAE has more than 57,000 members in more than 132 countries worldwide. Liu is a member of the Boston chapter.