Meet The Experts

The EVOLV and REVOLV studies were both led by experienced researchers devoted to helping us gain a better understanding of the impact of our built environments on health. Learn more about the careers and specializations of our experts below.

Mariana Figueiro, PhD

Mariana Figueiro, PhD

Director of the Light and Health Research Center
Professor of Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Mariana Figueiro is the Director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Professor of Population Health Science and Policy at Mount Sinai. Her research pertains to the effects of light on health, circadian rhythms and lighting for the elderly. She has written numerous scientific articles and has given a TED talk outlining her groundbreaking work. She works closely with leading healthcare institutions and businesses to ensure that the light interventions reflect the biophysical properties for circadian entrainment.

Mohamed Boubekri, PhD

Mohamed Boubekri, PhD

Professor at the University of Illinois School of Architecture
Chair of the PhD Program in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Dr. Mohamed Boubekri is a Professor at the University of Illinois School of Architecture at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Boubekri’s work focuses on sustainable architecture and the intersection of the built environment and human health. In numerous publications and two recently published books, he explores the impact of the daylight inside buildings on people’s health, behavior and overall well-being. His work has been covered extensively in the popular media, including the Wall Street Journal, BBC and CNN, among others. More generally, his work also examines the relationship between architectural design, sustainable technologies and building energy/environmental performance.

Usha Satish, PhD

Usha Satish, PhD

Faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Usha Satish is a Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY; Professor at Jonkoping Academy, Jonkoping, Sweden, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California. She is widely recognized for her innovative work on simulation and education and the use of novel technologies to evaluate and train decision makers in corporate, defense and healthcare institutions. Her pioneering work with healthcare professionals in the “how” of decision making using simulated technology has won her several accolades and her work is published in several peer-reviewed journals. Satish, a frequently invited speaker at scientific conferences, is considered an international thought leader in the field of decision-making analysis and leadership. Her current efforts include understanding the impact of various environmental variables on thinking processes.

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