Farrokh Karimi, Viterbi School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2015 Recipients of the PhD Achievement Award

Farrokh Karimi, Viterbi School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Burcin Becerik-Gerber

Farrokh’s academic vision is to move towards the realization of sustainable
infrastructure in smart cities, where there is a bi-directional flow of information
among facilities, users, and regional infrastructure to achieve cyber-physical
systems to enhance urban resiliency. To make this vision a reality, Farrokh’s
research has included optimal sensing and actuation techniques, formalizing
infrastructures’ operational data management and performance evaluations,
quantifying the dynamics of the built environment, and devising effective mechanisms
that improve the operations from both energy conservation and operational
constraints perspectives at different scales from building/facilities to
regional/urban levels. His research has resulted in the publication of eleven peer
reviewed journal articles in high impact journals, and thirteen peer reviewed
conference publications. Starting in fall 2015, Farrokh will join the Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech as an assistant professor.