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L. James Lo

L. James Lo, PhD

Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering

College of Engineering



Lo is an expert in the design and study of ventilation and its effect on indoor air quality. His research in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, focuses on monitoring and modeling natural and mechanical ventilation and large-scale air movement in the urban built environment. 


Lo’s background is in computational fluid dynamics, which he uses to study building air flow. As head of the Building Autonomy Simulation Lab, Lo is leading the development of technology for collecting data that can improve the performance and efficiency of building heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. This includes creating autonomous robots and microdrones to monitor building systems and study occupant behavior. Lo has provided insight on stories related to indoor air quality and the importance of ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, he can provide expert input related to building operation strategies and autonomous and sensing robotics.

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