Our lab is comprised of a scholars from a diverse array of interests and backgrounds. We strive to foster an open collaborative environment and to have fun while doing some incredible scholarly work.
Interested in joining? Check out our Opportunities page.
Rishee Jain, Director
Rishee is the Director of the Stanford Urban Informatics Lab (UIL) and an Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. For his research, Rishee was awarded the Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) fellow award from the National Science Foundation and previously held the Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship at NYU's Center for Urban Science + Progress. He earned his PhD and MS from Columbia University where he was an IGERT Fellow in the Solving Urbanization Challenges by Design program, a joint program between engineering and urban planning. He also holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside the lab, Rishee is an avid Bollywood film buff and he can usually be found watching (and analyzing) the latest release with his wife (especially if it's a Shah Rukh Khan film).
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Marco Miotti, Postdoctoral Fellow
Marco Miotti is a TomKat / SNSF Mobility Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford Urban Informatics Lab. His research focuses on modeling the impact of urban form and land use policies on city energy consumption across both the buildings and the transportation sectors. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from ETH Zurich, and his PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT. He also developed Carboncounter.com, a tool that lets consumers explore the emissions and costs of different car models and compare them against climate targets. Outside the lab, Marco plays hockey, enjoys photography, and likes to cook (and, more importantly, eat).
Abigail Andrews, PhD Candidate
Abigail is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab pursuing a PhD in the Sustainable Design & Construction and a Certificate in Policy Analysis. Her research focuses on extending benchmarking models to Grid Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBs). She received a BA in Environmental Policy from Barnard College of Columbia University. Outside the lab, Abigail enjoys drinking coffee, reading the New Yorker, and seeing live music.
Devan Addison-Turner, MS-PhD student
Devan is a National GEM Consortium Fellow / Teaching Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab, pursuing a PhD in Sustainable Design & Construction at Stanford University. The Racial Equity in Energy course at Stanford that he works to support, examines the imprint of systemic racial inequity in the U.S. that has produced a clean energy divide as well as a heritage of environmental injustice. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Devan loves exploring new cities, listening to music, watching movies, and playing video games.
Rohan Aras, PhD Candidate
Rohan is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab. His research focuses on identifying the natural scales at which urban dynamics change and applying these findings to better plan infrastructure. He received a BS in Informatics and a BA in Mathematics and Urban Planning from the University of Washington. Rohan enjoys exploring cities, traveling, hiking, cooking/eating, and is an avid fan of his home team Sounders.
Thomas Dougherty, PhD Candidate
Thomas Dougherty works as a graduate research assistant for the Urban Informatics Lab at Stanford University. His research interests lie at the intersection of machine learning and urban decarbonization, with a focus on increased access to high quality tools for cities. He earned his B.S. at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 in Mechanical Engineering, and still carries a love of mechatronics from his time there. In his free time, he loves biking, coffee, and museums. Thomas also loves learning languages and traveling. He speaks Spanish and Chinese, and is always looking for a language partner to brush up.
Lauren Excell, MS-PhD student
Lauren is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab. Her research interests include energy efficiency of buildings and public infrastructure, and the equity and accessibility of new research and technology. She received a B.S. of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also minored in Technology and Management. Outside the lab, Lauren enjoys traveling to new cities, trying out new recipes, and restoring antiques.
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Jill Grey Ferguson, PhD Student
Jill Grey Ferguson is pursuing a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Jill is also the co-founder of LibertyHomes, a nonprofit dedicated to scaling inclusive utility investment systems with robust consumer protections that make home energy upgrades accessible to all people without credit checks, upfront cost, or debt. Prior to starting LibertyHomes, Jill was a Truman-Albright Fellow at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy where she led the Rural Research Initiative. She has worked at the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as a solar technology fellow and as a photovoltaic cell researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jill earned a bachelor of science in material science engineering from the University of Virginia.
Eleanor Ho, MS-PhD student
Eleanor is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab. Her research focuses on using urban big data to design/build/operate sustainable infrastructures and to improve quality of life. She is also interested in infographics to assist data visualization. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai. Outside the lab, Eleanor enjoys adventurous trips, stand-up comedy and eating.
Dinesh Moorjani, PhD student
Dinesh is a member of the Urban Informatics Labs pursuing a PhD at Stanford University. His research interests include investments and incentives advancing climate science and frontier tech. Dinesh earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Dinesh enjoys discovering new restaurants & coffee shops, traveling, playing tennis, and tech investing.
Kopal Nihar, MS-PhD student
Kopal works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab. Her research interests lie at the intersection of data science, building energy simulation and analysis of thermal comfort of occupants, particularly in mixed-mode buildings. She received a dual degree of B.Tech in Civil Engineering and Master in Building Science by Research from International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad. In her free time outside the lab, Kopal enjoys watching cricket/tennis and is a huge fan of Bollywood music and movies.
Ranjitha Shivaram, PhD Candidate
Ranjitha is a member of the Urban Informatics Lab pursuing a PhD in Stanford's E-IPER program. Ranjitha is interested in improving urban energy systems to support more efficient and equitable energy use, reduce environmental impact, and enhance resilience to climate change. She holds dual Masters degrees in Engineering Systems and Urban Planning from MIT, and an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where she minored in Civil Engineering. She is also passionate about using graphic design to effectively communicate complex environmental concepts. In her spare time, Ranjitha likes to bike, dance, and drink lots of coffee.
Juliet Ume-Ezeoke, MS-PhD student
Juliet is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Urban Informatics Lab. Her research interests surround using climate and material performance data to optimize building designs for energy efficiency and affordability. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a secondary concentration in Computer Science from Harvard University. Outside the lab, Juliet enjoys listening to music, trying to recreate family recipes, and traveling to cities with nice beaches.
Zheng Yang, Affiliate Researcher
Zheng is an affiliate staff researcher in the Stanford Urban Informatics Lab. His research focuses on urban system dynamics, urban level energy awareness, energy efficiency policy recommendations, building energy analytics, and human-building interactions. He earned his PhD in Civil Engineering with the specialization on Informatics for Intelligent Built Environment from University of Southern California and was a Viterbi Fellow in the School of Engineering. He received his MS in Civil Engineering from University of Southern California and two BS in Mechanical Engineering and Construction Management from Tianjin University. Zheng is a fan of travelling. Discovering the world has always been and continues to be part of his lifestyle.
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