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Affiliated Department or Office
Postdoc University of California, Berkeley 2017
PhD The University of Texas at Austin 2014
BS&MS Tianjin University, China 2009

Prof. Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). His research focuses on built and urban environment, occupant-building-environment interaction, and integrated design for sustainable and healthy buildings. Prof. Liu envisions his research promoting built sustainability and occupant well-being through the interface among building science, information science, public health, and social science.

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being

SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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Scholarly Work

Professional Highlights & Honors
Ralph G. Nevins Physiology & Human Environment Award,

Chapter Scholarship (Golden Gate ASHRAE),

Best paper in Building and Environment,


Worcester Business Journal
Central Mass. architects adapt to address the causes of and results of climate change

“When engineering meets art, there are a lot of interesting ideas.” Civil, environmental & architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu detailed how faculty at the university are teaching the skills needed to build for climate change. In this Worcester Business Journal article, he also outlined how buildings are being designed with decarbonization and resiliency in mind.
Worcester parents demand air conditioning in school buildings

A hot week forced schools to make changes. How does a hot classroom affect learning? Research from Shichao Liu, professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, shows an impact when the room temperature hits a certain point. He provided comments and expertise for this story in the Telegram & Gazette.