Esber Andiroglu

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Esber Andiroglu

Associate Professor in Practice | College of Engineering | Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department
Work Phone: (305) 284-2587

Research Interests

Development of virtual fan/pump flow meters and their application to hydronic HVAc systems for achieving optimized performance efficiency, engineered solutions related to smart water-energy infrastructures in response to climate change challenges in urban community settings.

Areas of Interests and Professional Activities

Intelligent building design with integration of smart building systems comprehensively on site renewal energy options for existing and new buildings in urban settings.

 

Higher Education

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. (1983)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. (1985)
  • PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University-Specialization in heat transfer, combustion and rocket propulsion (1985 -1986)
  • PhD in Civil and Architectural Engineering University of Miami, FL.-Development of Virtual Air / Water Flow Meters Using Fan / Pump Head and Motor Power (2015)

 Professional Registrations/Certifications

  • Professional Engineer, Registered in States of Florida, Georgia, New Mexico and Ohio
  • Registered with NCEES
  • USGBC accredited as LEED AP

 

Experience

  • Lecturer at Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at University of Miami (2009 – present)
  • Lecturer at School of Architecture at University of Miami (2014 – present)
  • Faculty Member at Sustainable Building Systems Laboratory, University of Miami, with focus on research and application engineering
  • Founding Principal at Energy Sciences, Inc. (1989 – present) – Consulting Engineering firm offering services in mechanical, electrical and life safety system designs as well as sustainability and energy management strategies for commercial, residential and institutional buildings.
  • Design Engineer at TCA Consulting Engineering, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. (1985-1986)
  • Applications Engineer at Facility Masters, Inc., Facility Management and Energy Controls (1986-1989)
  • Graduate Research Assistant at High Pressure Combustion Lab, Penn. State University (1983-1985)

 

Publications

  1. Andiroglu, E. Wang, G., Song, L. Kiamehr, K. 2015. Development of a Virtual Pump Water Flow Meter Using Power Derived from Comprehensive Energy Loss Analysis. Science and Technology for the Built Environment section at ASHRAE (submitted on April 2015).
  2. Andiroglu, E., Wang, G., Song, L. 2013. Development of a Virtual Water flow Meter using Pump Head and Motor Power. Zero Energy Mass Customization Housing (ZEMCH2013) International Conference, October 30-Nov 1, 2013, Miami, FL.
  3. Wang, G., Andiroglu, E., Sprinkle, J. E. 2015. Experimental Investigation of Energy Performance of a Variable-Frequency Drive on a Drive-Motor-Pump System. Submitted for presentation at the ASHRAE Annual Conference in Atlanta. ASHRAE Transactions, Volume 121, Part 2.
  4. Wang, G., Andiroglu, E, ZHENG, X. 201. Energy and Control Performance Investigation of Air Handling Units with Return Air Bypass, accepted for publication at TRNS-00277-2016 ASHRAE
  5. Wang, G., Song, L., Andiroglu, E., Shim, G. 2014. Investigations on a virtual airflow meter using projected motor and fan efficiencies. HVAC&R Research. 20(2):1-10.
  6. Scientific Commons – Recovery of Damaged Solid Propellants by Interrupting Burning and Crack Propagation Processes, (1985); Mantzaras, J., Andiroglu, E.,  K. K. Kuo.
  7. Recession Behavior of Graphitic Nozzles in Simulated Rocket Motors – JANNAF S.T. Keswani,  Andiroglu, E., J.D. Campbell, and K. K. Kuo. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, 1985

Technical Manuscript Reviews

  • Experimental Study on Variable Frequency Speed Control-based Power Characteristics of Water Pumps in Open-type High-level Water Tank Systems; ASHRAE

 

Professional

Professional Society Memberships/Activities

  • ASHRAE – Chapter meetings, conference participations, technical committees, student engagement
  • USGBC  – Local events and webinar participation
  • NFPA  – Webinar participation

Research Projects at University of Miami

  • Development methods for utilization of Virtual fan / pump flow meters in hydronic systems
  • Development of virtual calibration methods of fans and pumps for optimized efficiency
  • Operational optimization of central station air handling units in existing buildings as a result of reduced internal heat gains
  • Wagner Creek “ Resilient Solutions: Putting the “Health” into Miami’s Health District in order to improve water quality and other storm water attributes ”. Funded by the Miami Foundation, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, University of Miami College of Engineering and School of Architecture, City of Miami, Miami-Dade County and AECOM.
  •  Smart Infrastructure in response to sea level rise challenges in collaboration with City of Miami Beach Sustainability and Resiliency Committees.

Future Research Projects at University of Miami

  1. Hydronic system performance optimization when coupled with pump-motor-vfd systems demonstrated in application examples in partnership with Taco Comfort Solutions, an industry research and applications engineering partner.
  2. Water-Energy Nexus in a Non-Potable Water Distribution Network to Empower Local Communities: An Innovative Approach to Challenges Related to Water Quality, Access to Water and Energy Demand through use of Smart Sensing Technology and Citizen Collaborations in Response to Sea Level Rise (NSF proposal currently under review).

Professional Activities in Academic Development

  • Program advisor for interdisciplinary MS Degree in Construction Management
  •  Committee member for the development of the new Interdisciplinary MS program with concentration in construction management
  • Developed MS Degree Program options for School of Architecture based on guidelines provided by the Graduate Program Director
  • Participated in the review of the Miami Institute of Urban Resilience Solutions (MIURS) proposal developed by Dean J. P. Bardet
  • Initiated the integration of local industry partnership as client source for Senior Design Capstone course projects on an annual basis for the past four years
  • Proposed development of “Environmental Systems Laboratory” as a joint facility between College of Engineering and School of Architecture, sponsored by industry partners

 

Teaching

  • Active participant of the Flipped Learning Program and training workshops.
  • Teaching Specialization in areas of Sustainability and Building Environmental Systems consisting of the following courses:
  • Lighting and Electrical Design (CAE 380, Spring 2017); proposed for Flipped Learning format effective Spring 2018 semester. Lighting design and building electrical power distribution design, including life safety, building automation and controls, and low voltage distribution systems are discussed at basic introductory level.
  • Plumbing and Fire Protection (CAE 480, Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); proposed for Flipped Learning format effective Fall 2017 semester. Design of building environmental systems, including domestic cold and hot water systems, sanitary, storm and special waste systems, fuel gas systems, building life safety and fire protection systems, impact of building air pressure on life safety systems and architectural acoustics
  • Building Environmental Systems (ARC 362 / 662, Summer 2016, Fall 2016); An overview of building environmental systems consisting of active / passive thermal systems, moist air properties, system sizing methods, building plumbing and life safety systems and building electrical systems.
  • Mechanical Systems for Buildings (CAE 381/481, Spring 2010, Spring 2011); Principles for design of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings. Topics include laws of thermodynamics, psychrometric charts, moist air properties and conditioning processes, conductive, convective and radiant heat transfer. Heat gain / loss calculations, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, air distribution and diffusion, HVAC systems and component selection.
  • Special Topics – Technical elective (CAE 395 / 595); Independent study course tailored to match area of interest of individual student with direct emphasis placed on industry applications.
  •  Senior Design (CAE 403 / 404, Fall/Spring 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2016/2017-Flipped Learning format); Two-semester comprehensive design project based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier coursework, incorporating engineering standards and realistic constraints. The faculty coordinator and several practicing engineers/architects provide consultation, guidance, and recommendations on aspects such as problem definition, evaluation of design approaches, design development, and the preparation of construction documents.
  •  Sustainable Construction (CAE 560, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012); Drivers and foundations of sustainable construction. Principles of sustainable construction: integrated planning and design, life-cycle view of projects, resource selection and optimization, protection of the natural environment, toxics and pollutants elimination, durability and quality. Green building assessment initiatives, green building policies, and code impacts. Evaluation of the environmental impacts of construction operations.
  •  Energy Efficient Building Design (CAE 581, Spring 2014); Concepts and methods of energy-efficient building design. Topics include understanding ASHRAE 90.1 design criteria, sustainable design strategies, building envelopes, climate, passive and active solar designs, day lighting and computer simulation of energy flow and annual energy cost evaluation in buildings. A quantitative understanding of energy fundamentals, examples from practice and design exercises involving multi-disciplinary applications are emphasized.
  •  Special Problems (CAE 690/790); Research based independent study course on special interest topics.
  • Sustainable Design in Context (ARC 685, Spring 2017); Principles of green building initiatives, rating systems (LEED, BREAM, Living Building Challenge, Estidama Pearl).  A comprehensive investigation of ecological, environmental and economic factors coupled with natural resources, building environmental systems, building material resources and public health are analyzed in a seminar format and demonstrated through literature review of case studies.
  • ARC 306 – Undergraduate Comprehensive Studio (Spring 2016, 2017); Instructor for environmental systems and sustainability four hours per week for the full semester
  • ARC 362 / 662 – Building Environmental Systems I (Summer 2016, Fall 2017, Summer 2017, Fall 2017); Introduction to Sustainable Design; understanding building envelope thermal properties and energy use; modes of heat transfer; moist air properties and Pyschrometrics; indoor air quality and thermal comfort; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems; Water and Waste Water Conveyance systems and sizing; Life Safety and Fire Protection systems; introduction to Architectural Acoustics.
  • ARC 663 – Building Environmental Systems II (Fall 2017); Lighting and power systems for built environment, including lighting design, photometric analysis, power distribution grids and electrical load distribution.
  • ARC 607 – Graduate Comprehensive Studio (Fall 2016); Instructor for environmental systems and sustainability, four hours per week for the full semester

Master Students (Non-Thesis) Supervised

  • Muniphe Green – MS Architectural Engineering, Spring 2017
  • Crystal Leon – MS Architectural Engineering, Spring 2017
  • Ezgi Ozcoban – MS Architectural Engineering, Spring 2017
  • Ali Alnajdi – MS Architectural Engineering, Fall 2016
  • Ghala Al hunaidi – MS Architectural Engineering, Spring 2016
  • Alexander Briel – MS Architectural Engineering, Spring 2018

Master Students – Thesis Advisor

  •  Shruti Khandelwal – MS Architecture, Summer 2017
  • Marwa Mohamed Fadl Osman – MS Architecture, Summer 2017

 

Service

U-Green Revolving Reserve Program:

U-Green Committee Member (2017) – Acting in capacity of faculty liaison between the U-Green Revolving Reserve program and the cross departmental colleges across the overall university community. Organized three charrette sessions during Fall 2016 semester, in an effort to provide awareness about the program, develop new project ideas and encourage faculty, staff and students to get engaged in projects. To date, developed total of 23 campus wide project ideas, with teams consisting of faculty, staff and students assigned for each project.

Active project proposals:
  1. Wellness Center Lighting and Energy Improvements project in collaboration with Dr. Juhong Park, faculty member from School of Architecture, Muniphe Green, a MS student in Architectural Engineering and Lacroux Streeb, a lighting design firm as an industry partner.
  2. Voltage Optimization at utility plant #1, Coral Gables campus, in collaboration with Facilities Management Department and E3 Technologies as an industry partner.
  3. Ferre Building – LEED Lab – building energy efficiency improvements.
  4. Convert utility plant water treatment program to non-chemical treatment
  5. Initiation of partnership between College of Engineering, School of Architecture and City of Miami Beach for academic and research collaboration in areas of climate change, sea level rise, sustainability and resilient design practices.
  6. Participation in Stamp/Singer Scholarship interviews as faculty member for Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Department for College of Engineering (Spring 2017).
  7. Participation in development, programing and marketing of Senior Design Expo scheduled for May 1st, 2017.
  8. Collaboration with Assistant Dean of Advancements for College of Engineering for the development of a new program for active parent participation in sponsorship and growth of advancement projects.
  9. Participated in the MRED+U Capstone Charrette – May, 2016.
  10. Participated in SoA Design Charrette for re-planning of SoA buildings – December, 2016.
  11. Serving on SoA faculty search committee for two new tenure track faculty positions.
  12. Industry outreach activities for introduction of MS in Construction Management program offered by College of Engineering to industry professionals.

 

 

 

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