Dr. Umberto Berardi

Current Academic Appointment (since July 2014)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Research Interests (Building Science/Physics)

  • new materials: organic and inorganic Phase Change Materials, aerogel-enhanced products
  • energy efficiency: integration of energy saving technologies (green roofs, double skin facades) in buildings
  • acoustics: both architectural acoustics (sound propagation, energy decay, shape optimization) and building acoustics (noise insulation, new natural materials)
  • lighting: daylight, glare metrics, shading systems, building simulation
  • sustainability: sustainability assessment at building, community and city level, diffusion of green technologies, smart city

Previous Academic Appointment (July 2012-June 2014)

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (also affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA

Group Leader of Building Science

Visiting Research Experience

  • 2010, Visiting researcher Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, LCs Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University, USA
  • 2011, Visiting researcher International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS) - United Nations University of Maastricht, NL
  • 2014-2015, Visiting faculty Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA
  • 2017, Visiting researcher, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Department of Civil and Transport Engineering, Trondheim, Norway


2010-2011 High Specialization Degree - Scuola Interpolitecnica, Politecnico di Bari-Torino-Milano, I

2009-2011 PhD in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, I

2008-2009 Master of Science in Sound and Vibration - Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, UK

2004-2008 Degree (5-years Laurea) in Architectural Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, I (100/100 cum laude, and plause of the commission: average grade 29.86/30 among 33 exams, 23 exams cum laude)

1998-2006 Piano Degree (Diploma), Conservatorio di Foggia "U. Giordano"