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Dr. Yashkumar Shukla, Executive Director

Dr. Yashkumar Shukla is Executive Director at the Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). He has more than seventeen years of research and consulting experience in high-performance buildings. He has led several ground-breaking research projects including low energy cooling and ventilation system in Indian residences, evaluation of innovative cooling technologies, and benchmarking of Indian buildings. He is also associated with the Master of Technology in Building Energy Performance (MBEP) program at the Faculty of Technology, CEPT University where he offers several courses and guides capstone projects.

Dr. Shukla's current research includes calibration of simulation models, smart grids, low cooling energy systems, performance characterization of the novel envelope and air conditioning systems, and development of the next-generation control algorithms. He is presently the team lead on the technical assistance program by Asian Development Bank on building disease resilient, smart, energy-efficient air conditioning systems in developing member countries.

Dr. Shukla possesses several professional certifications including certified measurements and verification professional (CMVP), Home energy rating system (HERS), GRIHA Trainer, and ECBC Master Trainer. He is an active member of the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating Air conditioning Engineer (ISHRAE), the American Society of Heating Refrigerating Air conditioning Engineer (ASHRAE) and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) societies. He also holds several leadership positions in these societies and chairs technical committees at national and international forums.

Dr. Shukla joined CARBSE in July 2011 after working for seven years in building energy efficiency domain the USA and worked as the technical director at the centre till April 2021. His prior work experience also includes the execution of sophisticated building automation systems, conducting building energy audits, and providing technical support on demand-side management (DSM) programs for electric utilities throughout the USA. He has completed a Doctor of Philosophy from CEPT University, Ahmedabad; Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M University, College Station; and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Nirma Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad.

He can be reached at: yash.shukla@cept.ac.in

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3313-3080

ResearchGate ID: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yash_Shukla

Prof. Rajan Rawal, Senior Advisor and CRDF Professor

Rajan Rawal is an architect. He is a senior advisor at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) and a CRDF Professor at CEPT University. He was Executive Director of CARBSE between 2006 and 2021. He worked with Vastu Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design before joining the Faculty of Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He taught design and construction courses as part of the undergraduate program. He teaches & energy efficient built environment, energy policy, energy modelling and simulations at the postgraduate level.

His work emphasis is on ‘energy performance of buildings and cities’ and ‘architectural science education. He is a member of various technical core committees of Bureau of Energy Efficiency – Ministry of Power, NITI Aayog, National Building, GRIHA Council, Green Building Certification Institute and India Green Building Council. Prof. Rawal represents India at International Energy Agency EBC Annex. 69 on low energy building and thermal comfort, Mission Innovation Challenge 7 on affordable heating and cooling. And Global Building Performance Network (GBPN). He was an organising council member of the Global Cooling Prize.

He is the founder member secretary of the India chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) and also serves at IBPSA world as Chair Education. He serves Alliance for Energy-Efficient Economy (AEEE), Development Alternatives (DA), Journal of Building Research and Information (BRI), Dept. of Architecture, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Mysore and Institute of Environmental Design managed by Parisar Trust, Vallabh Vidyanagar, as an honorary member of various boards and committees. He has a number of research publication and research projects to his credits. Prof. Rajan Rawal has been honoured with Fellow status by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2020, the first Indian architect to receive such an honour. He was recognised as ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer in 2021.

He can be reached at: rajanrawal@cept.ac.in

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7914-6069

ResearchGate ID: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rajan_Rawal

Asha B. Joshi, Administrative Manager

Asha B. Joshi serves as Administrative Manager at CARBSE. She holds a Masters degree in Law with specialization in Environmental Law and International Legal Order from Gujarat University. She was awarded gold medal for her performance during her graduation from Saurashtra University. With working experience of 11 years in area of administration, publications and human resource management, she joined CARBSE in 2009. She worked with Icfai Business School, Research Centre, Ahmedabad before joining current position; she was associated with International Development Enterprises (India).

She can be reached at: ashajoshi@cept.ac.in

Mona Galsar, Visual communication Expert

Mona Galsar works as a Visual Communication Expert at Center for Advance Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE), CEPT University. She has done Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from Gujarat University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Gujarat University. She also holds diploma in Architectural Assi. From Girls Polytechnic Ahmedabad. She has done certificate course in multimedia. She has joined CARBSE as Visual Communication Expert in May 2011. She has more than 10 years' experience in Architecture & Graphic Design field. She is able to work with various visual media & multimedia related software. Prior to joining CARBSE she has worked as a web Designer in CMMI level 5 Company. Her area of interest includes using graphic design technology and computer software to produce designs and layouts for print & digital media.

She can be reached at: monagalsar@cept.ac.in

Jayamin Patel, Assistant Laboratory Manager

Jayamin D.Patel holds M.Sc. degree in Physics from Saurashtra University. He joined Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy as Laboratory Technician in October 2015. Prior to joining CARBSE he was working as a Technical Officer (R&D) in Sahajanand Laser Technology Limited, Gandhinagar. Before this he worked as Laboratory Technician in Building Energy Performance Limited, CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Prior to this he was working as a Technical Assistant at Physical Testing Division of Ahmedabad Textile Industries Research Association (A.T.I.R.A.) Ahmedabad. His areas of interest are Atmospheric Science, Fluid Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Material Science, Thermodynamics, Optics, Programmable Logic Controller and Computational Methods.

Manish Salvi, Admin and Account Executive

Manish Salvi is working as an Admin and Account Executive at CARBSE. He looks after accounts, administration and facility management related works at CARBSE. He is a commerce graduate from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.Before joining CARBSE he has worked for 2 years as Account Assistant with Liverpool Retail India Ltd, Ahmedabad and one-year as Admin and Account Assistant at Kampus Landing Abroad Education, Ahmedabad.

He can be reached at:manish.salvi@cept.ac.in

Himani Pandya, Senior Research Associate

Himani Pandya is a Senior Research Associate at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE), CEPT University. She has completed her Masters in Habitat Management from CEPT University. She holds a Master's degree in Information Technology from K. S. School of Business Management, Gujarat University. She has two years of work experience in operations and research areas across branding and advertising field. Prior to joining CARBSE, she has worked as an Academic Associate at CEPT University. Her areas of interest are research and development leading to sustainable solutions in built environment.

She can be reached at: himani.pandya@cept.ac.in

Arjun Desai, Research Associate

Arjun is a Research Associate at Centre for Advanced Research Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) CEPT University. He has completed his M.Tech in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University and holds Bachelor of engineering degree in Civil from GTU. He aspires to focus on improving the Energy Efficiency in buildings through research and their application. As a part of his research thesis, He has developed a tool which shows the effectiveness of passive strategies in reducing the cooling energy required by buildings in 59 Indian cities. He also also has extensive building physics knowledge and learned building energy simulation software, lighting and daylighting simulation software.

He can be reached at: arjun.desai@cept.ac.in

Kartikay Sharma, Research Associate

Kartikay Sharma is a Research Associate at Centre for Advanced Research Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) CEPT University. He completed his Post Graduation in M. Tech in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University and holds Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil from GTU, Gujarat.His over-all goal is to become key individual to promote and execute energy efficiency drivers for the nation. As part of the studies he conducted a research on "India's Path to low carbon building stock: Estimating energy savings potential for commercial building stock". During his masters he has also extensively learned Building energy simulation software, building physics, macro-level energy efficiency and extensive data-analysis. His current area of interests includes macro-level Energy policy, building energy stock modelling, optimization of energy simulation work-flow using different simulation software, developing excel/macro based tools for energy analysis, data visualization, Passive design optimization, whole building design, affordable energy conservation measures for mass housing, Demand-response for peak load management and smart-metering.

He can be reached at: kartikay.sharma.mtech15@cept.ac.in

Vishnu Vardhan, Research Associate

Vishnu Vardhan is a Research Associate at Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE), CEPT University. He holds a graduate degree (B.E.) in Mechanical with specialisation in Energy Engineering from VIT University, Vellore. During undergraduate studies, he worked on multiple research-based projects relevant to the themes of climate and building sustainability. His research primarily included the analysis of particulate matter deposition on heritage facades through experimental and computational methods, the estimation of thermal properties of organic facades in an urban context, etc. The results of these projects were published internationally. After completing his degree, he joined the Centre for Scientific Research/Studio Naqshbandi at Auroville, where he worked as a Building Energy Analyst on the U.S.-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research & Development (CBERD) project. His responsibilities included technical documentation and data analysis of the passive design strategies across seven naturally ventilated buildings in the warm-humid climate. He also conducted component level thermal monitoring in a building as a part of an independent study which focussed on highlighting the performance of sustainable building fabrics.

At CARBSE, his responsibilities entail the study of globally developed personal comfort systems, the documentation of appropriate material selection and design strategies for climate responsive buildings in the warm-humid tropics, and more. His career objective is to develop scientific yet lucid communication methods in the field of building sustainability by inter twining the disciplines of engineering, architecture, and economics.

He can be reached at: vishnu.vardhan@cept.ac.in

Palak Patel, Research Associate

Palak Patel is a Research Associate at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). She is pursuing masters in Urban Infrastructure planning and holds bachelors degree in Architecture from G.C.P.I.A, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, with one and half years of on-field experience. As a part of her Post Graduation thesis, she has worked on Directed Research Project of “Assessing the building level energy consumption for the water services” as a part of iNumber project. The project is based on the city of Ahmedabad and focused on measuring the electricity consumption for water supply of residential typologies, further assessing it with various urban parameters. Her area of interest includes research on sustainable and climate responsive solutions.

She can be reached at: patel.palak@cept.ac.in

Sammit Pancholi, Research Associate

Sammit Pancholi has completed his M.Tech in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering from Nirma University, Gujarat. He is interested in contributing to improving the overall energy efficiency scenario. As a part of his research thesis, he worked on analyzing the operational performance, climate, and economic impact of split air-conditioning systems at CEPT University, analyzing the operational performance, climate, and economic impact while comparing them to an alternate super-efficient system and thereby quantitively outlining the benefits of using super-efficient air-conditioners. He is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) CEPT University.

He can be reached at: sammit.pancholi@cept.ac.in

Het Modi, Research Associate

Het Modi is a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE), CEPT University. He holds a postgraduate degree in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University and a graduate degree (B.E.) in Civil Engineering from L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad. He aims to be a key contributor in the field of energy efficiency and conservation. As a part of his postgraduation thesis, he worked on ‘Performance Evaluation of the Radiant system using different sizing methods. A competitive person by character, Het has participated in and won various competitions (nationally and internationally) during his college years, including his first position in Net-zero building design, IBPSA US and runner up in Solar Decathlon India. His current areas of interest are energy modelling and analysis of low energy cooling systems.

He can be reached at: het.modi@cept.ac.in

Srushti Thakur, Research Associate

Srushti Thakur is working as Research Associate at Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE), Ahmedabad with two years of work experience in the environmental consultancy field. She has pursued Master of Planning (Urban Infrastructure) from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai. During post graduation she worked on assessing the relationship between urban form parameters and energy consumption at sewage pumping stations in Ahmedabad so as to give inputs to city planners in creating energy efficient spatial plans as a part of iNumber project. She is exhilarated to help cities in reducing the energy demand and improving the services provided by urban local bodies.

Tej Chavda, Research Associate

Tej Chavda is Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). He completed his M. Tech in Geomatics program at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He holds Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Charusat University. His first-semester project in the studio was Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan in Jodhpur ward, Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation highly appreciated his findings and inferences and the project was selected for the final round of the ESRI Young India Scholarship. Along with this, He was awarded the second position in URISA (Urban and Regional Information System Association’s University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition–2020). His areas of concern while working on this project were the social and behavioral aspects, awareness, and respective responsibilities of the residents towards a successful implementation of the Abhiyan, a nationwide mission. His area of interest are GIS for decision support systems, Spatial Statistics, Digital Image Processing, Web-GIS, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Spatial Analysis, Programming, Interpolation, and Big data Analysis.

He can be reached at: tej.chavda@cept.ac.in

Pankaj Kumbhar, Research Associate
Pankaj

Pankaj S. Kumbhar holds ITI in HVAC from Government College karad Maharashtra. He joined Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) as Research Associate in July 2020. He has more than 10 years of experience in HVAC project and services. Prior to joining CARBSE, he was working as a Service supervisor in cosmic refrigeration pvt ltd pune. His areas of interest are HVAC Research and development.

He can be reached at: pankaj.kumbhar@cept.ac.in

Bhavya Pathak, Research Associate

Bhavya Pathak is a Research Associate at Center for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). She holds an M.Arch. degree from The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City University of New York (CUNY). Her masters course was focused on aspects of energy efficiency in buildings such as building envelop, performance and materials. Additionally, she worked as a graduate research assistant on a project aimed at Indoor Air Quality improvement through phytoremediation. Her areas of interest include optimization of energy and environmental impacts of buildings.

She can be reached at: bhavya.pathak@cept.ac.in

Sneha Asrani, Research Assistant

Sneha is a Research Assistant at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Construction Technology from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. As part of her final year thesis she worked on the Indoor Environment Quality of municipal schools in Ahmedabad. She has a keen interest in environmental conservation and energy efficiency.

She can be reached at: sneha.asrani@cept.ac.in

Nikhil Bhesaniya, Laboratory Technician

Nikhil Bhesaniya works as a laboratory technician at Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) CEPT University. He holds B.Sc. degree in Physics from Saurashtra University and pursuing M.Sc. degree in Condensed Matter Physics from S.P. University at Vallabh Vidyanagar. His area of interest includes solid state physics, material science and thermodynamics.

He can be reached at: nikhil.bhesaniya@cept.ac.in

Harshil Patel, Laboratory Technician

Harshil S Patel holds Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from GTU. During his bachelors he did project on Genuino based data logger for power substation with PVI measurement is concept of analog to digital system transformation. He joined Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy (CARBSE) as Laboratory Technician in January 2020.

His areas of interest are Power electronics, HVAC System, Programmable Logic Controller and Computational Methods.

He can be reached at:Harshil.patel@cept.ac.in

Anmol Mathur, Research Intern

Anmol Mathur is a research intern at CARBSE, CEPT University. He is currently pursuing MTech in Building Energy Performance from CEPT University. He has graduated as an architect from USAP Delhi. His past experience at Ashok.B.Lall Architects includes Project management for a LEED Platinum Warehousing and storage facility for Gainwell Commosales, a unit of Caterpillar Inc. He has also worked on LEED & WELL certification projects at Environmental Design Solutions (EDS Global). Anmol is currently researching on Urban Energy Modelling (UEM) and is working to evaluate the relationship between UEM's Level of Detail and accuracy for a suitable model development framework for Indian cities.

He can be reached at: anmol.mathur@cept.ac.in

  • Prof. Rajan Rawal
  • Yashkumar Shukla
  • Asha Joshi
  • Prof. Rajan Rawal
  • Yashkumar Shukla
  • Asha Joshi

Former Mentors, Advisers and Directors

Dr N.K. Bansal
SINTEX chair professor, CEPT University
Dr. Vinod Patel
Technical Director
Former Senior Research Associates

Deepta Mishra
Sr. Research Associate
Agam Shah
Sr. Research Associate
Sanyogita Manu
Sr. Research Associate
Former Research Associates and Assistants

Aniket Deore
Research Associate
Samarjeet Salunke
Research Associate
Priyanka Bhanushali
Research Assistant
Nidhi Rai Jain
Research Associate
Purnima Verma
Research Associate
Niveditha P
Research Associate
Sachin S.
Research Associate
Shubham Solanki
Research Associate
Saranya A
Research Assistant
Umang Patel
Research Assistant
Priya Raval
Laboratory Technician
Jigar B. Patel
Laboratory Supervisor
Tithi Soladhara
Research Assistant
Greesha Gowri
Research Assistant
Parth Raval
Research Assistant
Amiya Ranjan Behera
Research Assistant
Krati Airan
Research Assistant
Shruti saraf
Research Assistant
Devna Vyas
Research Assistant
Devarsh Kumar
Research Assistant
Naddunuri Kumar
Research Assistant
Mitul Jani
Research Assistant
Chinmay Patel
Research Assistant
Saranya S.Nair
Research Assistant
Sean Murphy
Research Assistant
Meenakshi Sharma
Research Assistant
Roma Almeida
Research Assistant
Md. Asif Raza
Research Assistant
Deepjyoti Barman
Research Assistant
Malini Roy
Research Assistant
Ruchi Shah
Research Assistant
Mithi Dave
Research Assistant
Mohini Singh
Research Assistant
Krishna Shah
Research Assistant
Divya Batra
Research Assistant
Padmini R.
Research Assistant
Purvi R. Panchal
Research Assistant
Pritisha Modi
Research Assistant
Nimesh Prajapati
Research Assistant
Kabir Dave
Research Assistant
Pranav Kishore
Research Assistant
Mihir Vakharia
Research Assistant
Srijan Didwania
Research Assistant
Former Research Interns

Mahesh Jayachander
Research Intern
Garima Kamra
Research Intern
Shoumik Desai
Research Intern
Sanjeev Kumar
Research Intern
Maaz Dixit
Research Intern
Shailee Goswami
Research Intern
Dharini Sridharan
Research Intern
Tanushree Charan
Research Intern
Pooja Chavan
Research Intern
Cynthia Alex
Research Intern
Ankita Bokhad
Research Intern
Hema Mulchandani
Research Intern
Surbhi Pandit
Research Intern
Ankit Bhalla
Research Intern
Chinta Shree Sowmya
Research Intern
Krutika Ghawghawe
Research Intern
Jalpa Gandhi
Research Intern
Nirav Sonagara
Research Intern
Ashima Charnalia
Research Intern
Chaitali Trivedi
Research Intern
Rachit kumar
Research Intern
Rohini Singh
Research Intern
Supported by:

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Govt. of India, Gujarat Energy Development Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development iNDEXTb (Industrial Extension Bureau) Govt. of Gujarat, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi