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Esther Obonyo

Associate Professor

Affiliation(s):

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

213 Hammond Building

eao4@psu.edu

814-865-2952

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Research Areas:

Building Construction; Engineering Design

 
 

 

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

Book, Chapters

  • Srinath Perera, Bingunath Ingirige, Kirti Ruikar and Esther A. Obonyo, 2017, Introduction to Advances in Construction ICT and e-Business 1st Edition, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK
  • Esther A. Obonyo and Chimay Anumba, 2017, Introduction to Advances in Construction ICT and e-Business 1st Edition, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK
  • Srinath Perera, Bingunath Ingirige, Kirti Ruikar and Esther A. Obonyo, 2017, Conclusions - Summary, the status quo and future trends, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, UK

Journal Articles

  • Donkor and Obonyo Esther, 2016, "Compressed Soil Blocks: Influence of Fibers on Flexural Properties and Failure Mechanism", Construction & Building Materials, 121, pp. 25-33
  • 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. 18
  • 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. 11
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2013, "Enhancing Intelligent Knowledge Systems Using Organization-Centered Agent Models", Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 27, (2), pp. 6
  • 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. 17
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2010, "Towards Agent-Augmented Ontologies for Educational VDC Applications", Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 11, (2), pp. 21
  • 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. 26
  • 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. 26
  • 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 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. 7

Conference Proceedings

  • 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

Other

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

Research Projects

  • January 2019 - January 2019, "Sustainable cold-sintered composite bricks with locally-accessible materials for affordable housing," (Sponsor: Covestro/ MRI).
  • July 2018 - August 2018, "Mosquito Proof Houses for Malaria Control in Kenya," (Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York).
  • September 2015 - August 2016, "Jefferson Science Fellowship & Department of State," (Sponsor: National Academies).
  • September 2015 - December 2015, "Jefferson Science Fellowship & Department of State," (Sponsor: National Academies).

Honors and Awards

  • 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, Chairperson, Chair for Non-Conventional Building Materials and Technology 2019, December 2017
 


 

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