Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Information:
Scott Campus (Omaha)

Ph.D. - AREN

Expected Graduation Date:
May, 2026

Josephine Lau

About Me:

I like travelling, meeting new people, trying different cuisines and watching movies.

Academic Background

M.S. Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska Lincoln, USA

B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, PK


  • ASHE Certified

  • CIRTL Associate

  • UNL Graduate Teaching Fellow

Research Interests:
  • HVAC & Indoor Air Quality
  • Infection Control in indoor environment
  • Energy Efficient & Healthy Buildings
  • Healthcare, Built Environment and Construction
Research Experience

Working as Graduate Research Assistant (Spring 2022-to-Date) on the Project - "Efficacy of Portable Air Purifiers in Classrooms" funded by Nebraska Department of Education (NDE).

The research aims to determine the effectiveness of Portable Air Purifiers in classroom in improving air quality of classrooms in schools in Nebraska and explore the connections of improved air quality with student academic performance & achievement.

Teaching Experience
  • Building Energy II (Graduate Teaching Assistant --- Fall 2021)

Practical Experiences:

I am from Pakistan and have worked there for several years in different roles in the Operation & Maintenance of mechanical equipment as well as in HVAC & MEP projects' execution.
  • Mechanical Engineer Operations & Projects - 2020-2021
  • Operations & Maintenance Engineer - 2018-2020
  • Trainee Engineer - 2017-2018
Also, got on-job trainings in the areas of HVAC, Solar System, Green Building Design and Health & safety.
Registered Engineer - Pakistan Engineering Council (MECH/35559)
Member - ASHRAE Nebraska Central
Member of International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (ISIAQ)
Hospitals innovative HVAC Designs - ASHRAE
Reducing infectious disease transmission with UVGI - ASHRAE
Fundamentals of Research by Faculty of Natural Sciences - Forman Christian College (A Chartered University)

2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference | January 29–February 2, 2022 | Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Great Plains Interoperability Conference 2022 | June 07, 2022

Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Nebraska, Lincoln | Fall 2022                


Nosham, J. Lau & J. Bovaird (2023). “The Indoor Air Quality of Classrooms with and without Portable Air Purifiers: A pilot study.” 2023 ASHRAE Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.