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Civil & Construction Engineering
Assistant Professor
Culbertson Faculty Scholar


Research Interests:

Dr. Pierson’s research interests revolve around lighting and daylighting of buildings, and lie at the interface between science, engineering and architectural design. Specifically, she investigates the impact of daylight on building occupants’ health and well-being and the related implications on building energy consumption. Her research aims to translate fundamental knowledge about human responses to daylight and the need to reduce energy consumption into strategies for the development of a more sustainable and healthy built environment and into innovative (day)lighting solutions for future urban contexts. Dr. Pierson’s research focus requires bringing together insights from engineering, chronobiology, neuroscience, computer graphics and simulations, architecture, or again psychophysics. Her research interests are implemented through experimental testing in both laboratory and field studies as well as numerical modeling approaches. She is a member of a number of committees including several technical committees of the International Commission on Illumination.

Teaching Interests:

Dr. Pierson’s teaching interests include courses on lighting and daylighting design, building physics and building energy modeling, as well as human health in the built environment. She is also interested in teaching more advanced courses on research methods and statistics.


Ph.D., Engineering Sciences and Technology, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), 2019

M.S., Architectural Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), 2014

B.S., Architectural Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), 2012

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