Prof. Marianne Touchie, Ph.D., P.Eng.,
Assistant Professor

Cross-appointed in Civil Engineering and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Phone: 416-978-5919
Office location: GB314B

PhD Students

helen-headshot2 Helen Stopps (CIV)

Helen Stopps graduated from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto in 2015.  After graduating, she worked at the Independent Electricity System Operator supporting electricity generation and demand management programs.  Prior to graduation, Helen worked in a variety of industries including oil and gas, cellular communications, and automotive manufacturing.

Helen is assessing the potential impact of smart thermostat use on energy use and GHG emissions in the multi-unit residential building sector.

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MASc Students


Wei-Chih (Jeff) Huang (CIV)

Jeff Huang received his B.A.Sc. degree at the University of Toronto in 2015. For a brief period in 2014, Jeff interned at Howarm Construction Inc. in Taiwan gaining experience with regards to construction and project management. After conducting a research project on cooling spaces in Central Vietnam for an Appropriate Technology and Design for Global Development course, Jeff has developed a strong interest in passive cooling technologies.

He has transferred into the BEIE Research Group after a year in the M.Eng. program here at the University of Toronto. Currently in his final year of his M.A.Sc. studies, he is conducting research on methods and solutions to passively cool new high-rise buildings in Mumbai.

 jay-headshot Jason Gray (CIV)

Jason received his B.Eng from Ryerson University in Civil Engineering in 2014.  Starting in 2014, he worked in general contracting for EllisDon in the sustainability and building automation groups where he received first-hand experience in the design and innovation that goes into construction, as well as the challenges that face buildings post-occupancy.

His research interests include the energy consequences from occupancy interaction with building systems, passive design, as well as the effect heat-recovery ventilation has on indoor air quality.

 headshot Marina VeraZambrano (CIV)

Marina VeraZambrano graduated in 2004 from the Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil in Ecuador with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering, and obtained a Masters degree in Urban and International Development from the University of Toronto in 2012.  For two years, she traveled around the world with an organization that works on local development projects in different countries.  Marina also gained experience as a designer of water supply, sewage, and rainwater collection systems, mainly in overlooked sectors.

She is currently in her first year of her M.A.Sc. working on the development of a low-cost diagnostic tool to assess the effectiveness of food drying processes in developing countries.


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Undergraduate Students



MEng Students

head shot 2 Chia Wei (Derek) Chang (MIE)

Derek Chang graduated from the University of Toronto in 2016 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering.  During his undergraduate years, he focused his studies on energy and power generation, and worked on a combined cycle power plan construction project for 14 months after third year.  During this time, he discovered his interest in energy issues in the built environment, and began exploring this area as a future career option.

Currently Derek is pursuing an MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering.  For his thesis, he is analyzing retrofit options for several post-war multi-unit residential buildings through monitoring, surveys and energy models.










Cara Lozinsky M.A.Sc. (CIV), 2017  Project Manager, Sense Engineering Ltd.
Matt Carlsson M.A.Sc., 2017 (Ryerson) Building Science Consultant, Morrison Hershfield
Christina Ismailos B.A.Sc. (CIV), 2017 Building Science Engineer (EIT), RDH Building Science Inc.
 Kunyuan (Claire) Zhang B.A.Sc. (CIV), 2017  MEngCEM Candidate, University of Toronto