Cheryl M. Saldanha | Simpson Gumpertz & Herger 

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Cheryl Saldanha, P.E., is a senior engineer at Simpson Gumpertz and Heger’s Building Technology group. She specializes in the design, evaluation, investigation, and renovation of building enclosure systems.  Her background is in building science, including computer simulations of buildings and building components.  She is adept at using multiple computer software packages to perform thermal and hygrothermal analyses of building details, and whole-building energy and daylighting analyses.  




Emir A. Pekdemir | Buro Happold Engineering

Emir leads the Computational Analysis team at BuroHappold Engineering in New York, providing integrated design solutions for healthier and better performing buildings using analytics. His toolkit includes dynamic energy and airflow modeling, hygrothermal modeling, daylight & glare simulations, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Having successfully completed projects with intricate façades and complex passive & mechanical systems, Emir is an active speaker/presenter in the world of building simulation.




Apoorv Goyal | HOK Architects

As the Sustainable Design Spec​ialist at HOK Architects, New York, Apoorv leads the architecture teams to integrate sustainability concepts in the early on in the design process. His expertise in performance analytic studies such as thermal analysis, daylight analysis, life cycle studies help inform core building and engineering decisions. Along with ensuring high performance standards in the proposed designs he works to reduce energy consumption, enhanced daylight and comfort, and reduced embodied energy in the overall lifecycle of the construction process.  He also helps in facilitation and documentation for LEED for various projects at HOK. As a passionate adopter of new technology, he takes active part in computational research projects both within the firm and outside refine to improve the workflow of sustainable design in the construction industry. Apoorv holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, India and a Master in Design Studies (Energy and Environment) degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design.