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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

  • Junqi Zhao, Esther A. Obonyo and Sven G Bilen, 2021, "Wearable Inertial Measurement Unit Sensing System for Musculoskeletal Disorders Prevention in Construction", Sensors, 21, (4), pp. 1324
  • 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
  • Esther A. Obonyo and James Mutunga, 2020, "A global building network research for advancing healthy and affordable housing", Cities & Health, (Special Issue: COVID-19), pp. 1-4
  • 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
  • Shayrar Habibi, Esther A. Obonyo and Ali M Memari, 2019, "Design and Development of Energy Efficient Re-roofing Solutions", Renewable Energy, 151, pp. 10
  • Junqi Zhao and Esther A. Obonyo, 2018, "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, 2018, "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, 2018, "Decision Making within the Built Environment as a Strategy for Mitigating the Risk of Malaria and other Vector-Borne Diseases", Buildings, pp. 17
  • P. 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 Melo 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 and P. Donkor, 2014, "Effect of Fibrillated Polypropylene Fiber Aspect Ratio on the Flexural and Compressive Strength of Compressed Stabilised Earth Blocks", Construction Research Congress 2014: Construction in a Global Network, pp. 661-670
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2013, "Enhancing Intelligent Knowledge Systems Using Organization-Centered Agent Models", Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 27, (2), pp. 196-201
  • J. Onyango, C. McGeough and Esther A. Obonyo, 2012, "Waste to Worth: Evaluation of potential waste heat recovery system within Commercial Kitchens in Northern Ireland", Journal of Green Building, 7, (4), pp. 62-69
  • 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, 2011, "Optimizing the Physical, Mechanical and Hygrothermal Performance of Compressed Earth Bricks", Sustainability, 3, (4), pp. 596-604
  • Esther A. Obonyo, E. Kamseu, C. Leonelli and U. C. Melo, 2011, "Engineering Properties and Chemical Environments Behavior of Geopolymer Materials for sustainable building applications: A review", Sustainability, 3, (2)
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2011, "Developing Enhanced, Lignocellulosic Fiber Reinforcement for Low Cost, Cementitious, Construction Materials", Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8, pp. 30-41
  • E. Kamseu, C. Leonelli and Esther A. Obonyo, 2011, "Evolution of fired clay products into sustainable building ceramics", Interceram, 60, (3), pp. 221-225
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2010, "Towards Agent-Augmented Ontologies for Educational VDC Applications", Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 11, (2), pp. 313-334
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2010, "An Agent-based Intelligent Virtual Learning Environment for Construction Management", Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 11, (2), pp. 142 - 160
  • A. McGuffin and Esther A. Obonyo, 2010, "Enhancing Performance: A Case Study of the Effects of Employee Coaching in Construction Practice", Journal of Construction Management and Economics, 28, (2), pp. 141 – 149
  • Esther A. Obonyo and R. R. Issa, 2010, "Editorial, Special Issue on Advanced Digital Technologies for Built Environment Education and Learning", ITcon, 15, pp. 269-270
  • Esther A. Obonyo, D. Tate and M. Tia, 2010, "A Research Roadmap for Advancing the Structural Use of Earth-based Bricks: Key Findings from the NSF US-Tanzania 2009 Workshop", Sustainability, 2, (11), pp. 3561-3571
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2008, "Using web-based knowledge forums to internationalize construction education", ITcon, 13, pp. 212-223
  • Esther A. Obonyo, C. J. Anumba and A. Thorpe, 2005, "APRON: an agent-based specification and procurement system for construction products", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 12, (4), pp. 329-350
  • Esther A. Obonyo, C. J. Anumba and A. Thorpe, 2004, "Specification and Procurement of Construction Products, A Case for an Agent-based System", International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 2, (3)
  • 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
  • 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, , "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
  • S. Welch, Esther A. Obonyo and A. Memari, 2020, "Trends and Practices of Retrofitting Existing Residential Buildings to Passive House Criteria and Similar Standards", Proceedings of 2020 Residential Building Design and Construction Conference
  • 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
  • S. Habibi, Esther A. Obonyo and A. Memari, 2019, "Design and Development of Energy Efficient Re-roofing Solutions", Proceedings of Building Simulation 2019, 16th Conference of IBPSA
  • J. C. Diarte Almada, M. S. Shaffer and Esther A. Obonyo, 2019, "Panelized Building System for Low-Cost Housing Using Waste Cardboard and Repurposed Wood", Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT), pp. 155 to 166
  • S. Habibi, Esther A. Obonyo and A. Memari, 2019, "A design Concept for Using Bamboo in Low Income Housing", Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and Technologies (NOCMAT), pp. 523 to 530
  • J. Zhao and Esther A. Obonyo, 2019, "Convolutional Long Short-Term Memory Model for Recognizing Postures from Wearable Sensor", CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2394
  • Junqi Zhao and Esther A. Obonyo, 2018, "E-health of Construction Works: A Proactive Injury Prevention Approach", IEEE Communications Society
  • 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"
  • Esther A. Obonyo, P. Donkor, F. Matta and E. Erdogmus, 2014, "Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions in Low Cost Building Envelopes: A Case Study of Low Strength Masonry Systems"
  • P. Donkor, Esther A. Obonyo, F. Matta and E. Erdogmus, 2014, "Effect of Polypropylene Fiber Length on the Flexural and Compressive Strength of Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks", Construction in a Global Network – Proc. 2014 Construction Research Congress (CRC2014)
  • M. C. Cuéllar-Azcárate, F. Matta and Esther A. Obonyo, 2014, "Structural Design of Affordable and Energy Efficient Earth Masonry Dwellings for Tornado Wind Loads,", Proc. ASCE/SEI Structures Congress 2014
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2013, "From Affordability to Sustainability and Durability: Earthen Masonry for Hot and Humid Regions", Proceedings of the Modern Methods and Advances in Structural Engineering and Construction, The Seventh International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC-7)
  • Esther A. Obonyo, C. Kibert, A. Goldman, C. Bwenge and H. Kintingu, 2013, "Managing Context-Specific Cultural Drivers and Barriers to Sustainable and Resilient Building Systems: Lessons from Tanzania", Proceedings of CIB World Building Congress 2013: Built Environment Research Focused on Social Outcomes
  • Esther A. Obonyo and W. Wei, 2013, "Sea Level Rise and Smart Historic Coastal Communities, Lessons from Savannah, GA and St Augustine, Fl", Proceedings of CIB World Building Congress 2013: Built Environment Research Focused on Social Outcomes
  • J. Onyango and Esther A. Obonyo, 2013, "Does an urban design laboratory process contribute to construction of assets that responds to social needs?", Proceedings of CIB World Building Congress 2013: Built Environment Research Focused on Social Outcomes
  • J. Onyango and Esther A. Obonyo, 2013, "A comparative study of how supply chain management in small-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK and Kenya contribute to social needs", Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2013: Built Environment Research Focused on Social Outcomes
  • Esther A. Obonyo, P. Donkor, M. Baskaran and F. Amezugbe, 2013, "Advancing the Structural Use of Earth-based Bricks: Assessing the Reliability of Existing Testing Procedures", Proceedings of the 2013 AEI Architectural Engineering Institute Conference, pp. 988-996
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2012, "Designing Sustainable Earthen Masonry for Durability: A Case Study of the Hot and Humid Tanzanian Context", Proceedings of the iNTA 2012 4th International Network for Tropical Architecture Conference
  • Esther A. Obonyo and C. Anumba, 2012, "Organizational Multi-Agent Systems for Dynamic Highway Maintenance Planning", Proceeding of the 2012 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, pp. 161-169
  • I. Flood, Esther A. Obonyo and G. Vala, 2011, "Truck Weigh-in-Motion using Reverse Modeling and Genetic Algorithms", Proceedings of the 2011 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, pp. 219-226
  • Esther A. Obonyo and C. Anumba, 2010, "The multi agent paradigm and organizational abstractions in construction e-business", 2010 Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Proceedings of the International Conference, pp. 221
  • Esther A. Obonyo, C. J. Anu andba, , 2007, "Towards A Multi-Agent Approach for KnowledgeBased Virtual Construction", Collaborative Futures Workshop
  • Esther A. Obonyo and A. Omenya, 2006, "Agent-based Modelling of Urban Sanitation: Informal Settlements in Nairobi", Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, pp. 2781-2790
  • Esther A. Obonyo, 2006, "A Proposal for Developing an Innovation Strategy within a Construction Company", Proceedings of the 42nd International Conference of Associated Schools of Construction
  • Esther A. Obonyo, C. J. Anumba and A. Thorpe, 2003, "Software Agents in the Specification and Procurement of Construction Products", Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Millpress Science Publishers, pp. 131-138
  • C. J. Anumba, Z. Aziz and Esther A. Obonyo, 2003, "Mobile Communications in Construction Trends and Prospects, In Innovation in Architecture", Engineering and Construction, Millpress Science Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 159-168
  • Esther A. Obonyo, C. J. Anumba, A. Thorpe and B. Parkes, 2001, "Specification and Procurement of Construction Products: Potential Role of Intelligent Agents", Proceedings, International Conference on Intelligent Agents, Web Technologies and Internet Commerce (IAWTIC), pp. 268-279

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
  • Esther A. Obonyo, J. Exelbirt and M. Baskaran, 2010, "Durability of Compressed Earth Bricks: Assessing Erosion Resistance Using the Modified Spray Testing", Sustainability, 2, (12), pp. 3639-3649

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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