Mario A. Medina, Ph.D., P.E.







Amy Stadler

I was a graduate student in architectural engineering studying building mechanical systems.  I received my undergraduate degree in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas in 2001. I have a degree studying applied courses in mechanical systems design and topics in engineering management.

Dandan Zhu 

I am from Shenyang, China.  I have a bachelor of science degree in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning engineering from Shenyang Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute.  I also have my masters of science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas this spring.  The title of my thesis was "A Comparative Heat Transfer Examination of Structural Insulated Panels with and without Phase Change Materials Using a Dynamic Wall Simulator." 

Jennifer King

I started my college education as a mechanical engineering student at Florida Atlantic University.  I later transferred to the University of Kansas where I earned a B.S. in architectural engineering in 2002.  I graduated in the summer of 2004 with a M.S. in architectural engineering.  The title of my thesis was "Preliminary Evaluation of the Thermal Performance of Phase Change Material - Structural Insulated Panels (PCM-SIPs)."  I am a member of ASHRAE and the Architectural Engineering Institute. I currently work in San Antonio, TX as a Mechanical E.I.T. at Goetting & Associates. 


Lindsay Marion

I studied architectural engineering with an emphasis in building mechanical systems.  Though St. Louis is my original home, I enjoy living in Kansas and love to travel. My research involves the analysis of key parameters that affect the performance of thermally enhanced walls using encapsulated phase change materials.


Meng Zhang

I am from Beijing, China.  I hold bachelor of science and bachelor of economics degrees from Beijing Polytechnic University and a master's of science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Kansas.  The title of my master's thesis was "Performance Evaluation of a Phase Change Frame Wall."  Before joining the University of Kansas' graduate program I worked for Deloitte & Touche in China. I now live in Schofield, Wisconsin, where I work as a Senior International Application Engineer for Greenheck Fan Corporation

Michael Frempong

Michael Frempong was a graduate student from the Republic of Ghana. He joined the architectural engineering program in August 1999. He graduated in 2001.  The title of his thesis was "Influence of Climate on the Performance of Attic Radiant Barriers in the Continental United States."  He left in 2001 to work for BRPH in Florida.

Mike Brunin

I chose to major in architectural engineering, which is fit for me because of my interest in building design and construction. Together with Ryan Stewart we developed a dynamic wall simulator, which is used for testing the thermal performance of structural insulated panels.  We are in the process of fine-tuning the PCFW technology so that it can become a more practical application in home building construction.


Riaan Myburgh

I am a South African graduate student at the University of Kansas.  I completed my undergraduate B. Eng. (Mech) and graduate B. Hons. Eng (Mech) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  Upon completion of my studies, I worked for several years as an aeronautical engineer at the CSIR, South Africa, dealing mainly with technical and project management aspects related to experimental aerodynamics in subsonic, trans-sonic and supersonic wind tunnels. I have also spent time at ABB in Switzerland, working on the application of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) to gas turbines

Ryan Stewart

I decided to major in architectural engineering to get a good background in both design and engineering. Mike Brunin and I designed and developed a dynamic wall simulator, which is being successfully used to test structural insulated panels.  In addition, I am involved in the fine-tuning of the PCFW technology and its transfer from the lab to the construction site. I am currently commissioned as a Naval officer and will be attending Naval Nuclear Power Training.

Silvia Bianchi

I am Italian and a professional aeronautical engineer.  I obtained my engineering degree at the University of Pisa, Italy. After graduation, I was employed by Ferrari where I worked on road and F1 cars. I have also spent some time in South Africa, working as consultant on military aircraft systems. I finished my masters in Aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas.

Yoko Matsuyama

I am from Japan. Right after graduating from high school, I traveled to Canada to get ready to attend college in North America.  I started at a university of Minnesota where I studied Chemistry and Biology.  For the two years, I was undecided as to what I wanted to study.  I finally decided to change my major to architectural engineering and transferred to the University of Kansas.  I have a pretty high passion to explore deep inside this field of study and research. My research deals with the development of thermally enhanced insulation by using phase change materials. 



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