Rawand Rasheed earns inaugural IBUILD Graduate Fellowship

Preston lab PhD student's research focuses on reducing energy use in buildings.

Rawand Rasheed

Rawand Rasheed, a second-year doctoral student in mechanical engineering (MECH) at Rice, has received one of the inaugural IBUILD (Innovation in Buildings) Graduate Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office.

At Rice, Rasheed works in the Preston Innovation Laboratory of Daniel Preston, assistant professor of MECH. The research enabled by the fellowship focuses on reducing energy use in buildings by using additively manufactured inertial separation filters in a newly designed dehumidification cycle.

Rasheed earned his B.S. and M.S. in MECH from Portland State University in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Since 2019, Rasheed has worked as a life-support systems engineer in NASA’s Crew and Thermal Systems Division at the Johnson Space Center.

The IBUILD Graduate Research Fellowship is a new program managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Its aim is to support research-intensive building technologies in fields with relevance to energy efficiency.