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GEOTECH/STRUCT/MAT/CONSTR Seminar: Hongyu (Nick) Zhou

Title: "Bioinspired Design of Energy Efficient Building Envelope"

Hongyu (Nick) Zhou is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Buildings are responsible for 40% of primary energy consumption worldwide and 24% of greenhouse-gas emissions. Biomimicry, which is defined as an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, has been actively used by architects and engineers in their attempts to reduce buildings' carbon footprint and energy use. In this talk, general concept of biomimicry design and its applications in buildings will be introduced, along with a few recent developments from Zhou’s group. In particular, computational techniques such as Voronoi tessellation and venation are employed to design building envelope systems that are energy-efficient and environmentally adaptive.

Zhou joined CEE as an Assistant Professor in August 2019 after five years’ serving on the faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research focuses on smart and energy-efficient building systems and built environment, with an emphasis on using innovative materials, designs, and cyber-physical technologies to improve the life-cycle performance of buildings and infrastructures.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 3:40pm to 4:55pm

John D. Tickle Engineering Building, 405
851 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


CEE Seminar, CEE Fall 2019


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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