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Esther Obonyo

Associate Professor
Director, Global Building Network

Affiliation(s):

  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design
  • Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Law, Policy, and Engineering

213 Hammond Building

eao4@psu.edu

814-865-2952

Research Website

Google Scholar Profile

Research Areas:

Building Construction; Engineering Design; LPE Academic Working Group; LPE Research Working Group

 
 

 

Education

  • BA, Building Economics, University of Nairobi, 1998
  • MA, Architectural Technology, University of Nottingham, 2000
  • Ph D, Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, 2004

Publications

Books

  • Srinath Perera, Bingunath Ingirige, Kirti Ruikar and Esther A. Obonyo, 2017, Advances in Construction ICT and e-Business 1st Edition, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK

Journal Articles

  • Elizabeth Lyons, Karen Lips and Esther A. Obonyo, 2021, "Catalyzing U.S. Higher Education to Build a Better post-Pandemic Future through Science Diplomacy", Science Diplomacy, 48, (COVID Special Issue)
  • Modeste Kameni Nematchoua, Jose A. Orosa, Cinzia Buratti, Esther A. Obonyo, Donghyun Rim, Paola Ricciardi and Sigrid Reiter, 2020, "Comparative analysis of bioclimatic zones, energy consumption, CO2 emission and life cycle cost of residential and commercial buildings located in a tropical region: A case study of the big island of Madagascar", Energy, 202, pp. 117754
  • Shayrar Habibi, Esther A. Obonyo and Ali M Memari, 2019, "Design and Development of Energy Efficient Re-roofing Solutions", Renewable Energy, 151, pp. 10
  • Shayrar Habibi, Esther A. Obonyo and Ali M Memari, 2019, "A New Concept for the Integration of Bamboo in Contemporary and Vernacular Architecture, Housing in the Third Millennium between Tradition, and Innovation", Proceedings of the 43rd IAHS (International Association for the Science of Housing) World Congress on Housing
  • Donkor and Obonyo Esther, 2016, "Compressed Soil Blocks: Influence of Fibers on Flexural Properties and Failure Mechanism", Construction & Building Materials, 121, pp. 8
  • Peter Donkor and Esther A. Obonyo, 2015, "Earthen construction materials: Assessing the feasibility of improving strength and deformability of compressed earth blocks using polypropylene fibers", Materials & Design, 83, pp. 813-819
  • Esther A. Obonyo, Elie Kamseu, Patrick N Lemougna, Arlin B Tchamba, Uphie Mel and, Cristina Leonelli , 2014, "A Sustainable Approach for the Geopolymerization of Natural Iron-Rich Aluminosilicate Materials", Sustainability, 6, (9), pp. 5535-5553
  • Elie Kamseu, Maria Cannio, Esther A. Obonyo, Fey Tobias, Maria C Bignozz, Vincenzo M Sglavoe and Cristina Leonelli, 2014, "Metakaolin-based inorganic polymer composite: Effects of fine aggregate composition and structure on porosity evolution, microstructure and mechanical properties", 53, pp. 258-269
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2013, "Enhancing Intelligent Knowledge Systems Using Organization-Centered Agent Models", Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 27, (2), pp. 196-201
  • Esther A. Obonyo and Chimay Anumba, 2011, "Organization-oriented multi-agent systems for construction supply chains", Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 16, pp. 727-744
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2010, "Towards Agent-Augmented Ontologies for Educational VDC Applications", Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 11, (2), pp. 313-334
  • Michael A Adewumi and Esther A. Obonyo, , "The Thermodynamic System as a Metaphor for Engineering Education in Africa", Nigerian Academy of Engineering
  • Junqi Zhao and Esther A. Obonyo, , "Towards a Data-Driven Approach to Injury Prevention in Construction.", Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10863, pp. 385-411
  • Esther A. Obonyo and Junqi Zhao, , "Towards A Real-Time Data-Driven Approach for Proactive Injury Prevention in Construction", Advancements in Civil Engineering & Technology, 2, (2), pp. 1-5
  • Esther A. Obonyo, Sumit Pareek and Dawit Okubatsion Woldu, , "Decision Making within the Built Environment as a Strategy for Mitigating the Risk of Malaria and other Vector-Borne Diseases", Buildings, pp. 17
  • Esther A. Obonyo and James Mutunga, , "A global building network research for advancing healthy and affordable housing", Cities & Health, (Special Issue: COVID-19), pp. 1-4
  • Junqi Zhao, Esther A. Obonyo and Sven G Bilen, , "Wearable Inertial Measurement Unit Sensing System for Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention in Construction", Sensors, 21, (4), pp. 1324
  • Esther A. Obonyo and Peter Donkor, , "Earthen construction materials: Assessing the feasibility of improving strength and deformability of compressed earth blocks using polypropylene fibers", Article in Materials and Design, 83, pp. 813-819
  • Junqi Zhao and Esther A. Obonyo, , "Convolutional long short-term memory model for recognizing construction workers’ postures from wearable inertial measurement units", Special Issue in Advanced Engineering Informatics, 49, pp. 16

Conference Proceedings

  • Esther A. Obonyo and James Mutunga, 2020, "Advancing from healthy buildings to healthy cities through building science epidemiology", 4th Healthy City Design 2020 International Congress, SALUS, United Kingdom
  • Sarah Ritter, Esther A. Obonyo, Andrew S Lau and Sven G Bilen, 2020, "Client-Driven Project on Sustainability within First-Year Cornerstone Design", pp. 1-8
  • Zhao Junqi and Esther A. Obonyo, 2020, "Applying Deep Incremental Learning-based Posture Recognition Model for Injury Prevention in Construction", Proceedings of EG-ICE 2020 Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering, 2020
  • Esther A Obonyo, Normando Perazzo Barbosa, José Augusto Gomes Neto and Khosrow Ghavami, 2019, "Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies – IC NOCMAT 2019", Associação Para o Desenvolvimento da Ciência e da Tecnologia, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
  • Erdogmus Ece, B Wagner, Linsey Rohe, Eric Garcia, A Shwer, Fabio Matta and Esther A. Obonyo, 2015, "Design of Compressed Stabilized Earthen Wall Systems for High-Wind Resistant Residential Unit Construction"
  • Esther A. Obonyo, Peter Donkor, Fabio Matta and Erdogmus Ece, 2015, "Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions in Low-cost Building Envelopes: A Case Study of Low-strength Masonry Systems"
  • Peter Donkor, Esther A. Obonyo, Fabio Matta and Erdogmus Ece, 2015, "Effect of Polypropylene Fiber Length on the Flexural and Compressive Strength of Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks"
  • Junqi Zhao and Esther A. Obonyo, , "E-health of Construction Works: A Proactive Injury Prevention Approach", IEEE Communications Society

Abstracts

  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2019, "Building Materials at the Human Scale Workshop", pp. 2

Other

  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2017, "The Worldwide Elusive Search for Affordable Housing", Engineering for Change

Research Projects

  • April 2021 - March 2024, "Belmont Forum Collaborative Research: Advancing Resilience in Low Income Housing Using Climate-Change Science and Big Data Analytics," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards

  • PhiLDev Visiting Professor, PhilDev supported by UNDP and Australian Govt, August 2020 - December 2020
  • PhiLDev Visiting Professor, PhilDev supported by UNDP and Australian Govt, August 2019 - December 2019
  • PhiLDev Visiting Professor, PhilDev supported by UNDP and Australian Govt, April 2018 - December 2018

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Stewarding our Planet's Resources, October 2018
  • Other, Committee Member, IEE Search Committee for Operations and Partnership, IEE, IEE Search Committee for Operations and Partnership, November 2018 - December 2018
  • Other, Committee Member, Search Committee for AE Department Chair, College of Engineering, Search Committee for AE Department Chair, January 2018 - April 2018

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Co-Organizer, Non-Conventional Building Materials and Technology 2020/2021, December 2019
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, Chair for Non-Conventional Building Materials and Technology 2019, December 2017
 


 

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