Fields of expertise
Human Comfort and Health in Buildings
Marilyne Andersen owns a Master of Science in Physics and specialized in daylighting through her PhD in Building Physics at EPFL in the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO) and as a Visiting Scholar in the Building Technologies Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
Her research focuses on building performance in the architectural context in general, and the use and optimization of daylight in buildings in particular. Specific topics she has been working on include: visual and thermal comfort; daylight perception indoors; decision support in early stages of design; performance visualization; non-visual effects of light, such as related to circadian photoreception and chronobiology, as they pertain to health and well-being in the built environment; advanced glazing and shading systems. She is co-founder of the startup OCULIGHT dynamics, which offers specialized consulting services on daylight performance and its psycho-physiological effects on building occupants.
She is the author of more than 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and the recipient of several grants and awards including: the Daylight Award for Research (2016), seven publication awards and distinctions (2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019), the Taylor Technical Talent Award granted by the Illuminating Engineering Society (2009), the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant (2009), the Mitsui Career Development Professorship at MIT (2008) and the EPFL prize of the Chorafas Foundation awarded to her PhD thesis in Sustainability (2005). Her research or teaching has been supported by professional, institutional and industrial organizations such as: the Swiss and the U.S. National Science Foundations, the Velux Foundation, the European Horizon 2020 program, the Boston Society of Architects, the MIT Energy Initiative and InnoSuisse.
She was the leader and faculty advisor of the Swiss Team and its NeighborHub project, who won the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2017 competition with 8 podiums out of 10 contests. She co-leads the Student Kreativity and Innovation Laboratory (SKIL) at ENAC.
She is a member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Head of its Academic Committee, Expert to the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse and Founding member as well as Board member of the Foundation Culture du Bâti (CUB). She is also founding member of the Daylight Academy and is an active member of several Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and International Commission on Illumination (CIE) committees. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Building and Environment by Elsevier, and of the journals LEUKOS (of the Illuminating Engineering Society) and Buildings and Cities, by Taylor and Francis.
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