Mehlika Inanici is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Architecture. Prof. Inanici has received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. She has Master of Science degrees both in Architecture (University of Michigan) and Building Science (METU), and a Bachelor of Architecture degree (METU). Before joining UW in 2005, she worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley California, and at METU in Ankara, Turkey.
The focus of her research is broadly defined Building Performance Simulation, Computational Lighting Design and Analysis, and Computational Photography (High Dynamic Range Imaging). A large body of her research centers on developing and utilizing computer-based lighting analysis techniques and metrics that can facilitate occupant satisfaction, health, and productivity improvements, in conjunction with significant energy savings. The underlying presumption in her research and teaching is that analytical approaches employed throughout the design processes help architects to envision the performance of their designs, accelerate and improve the design decisions, and reduce the uncertainty of the outcome. She received the Taubman College Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2004 and LBNL Outstanding Performance Award in 2005. She has published and presented her research in international journals and conferences, including Lighting Research and Technology, Luekos, Building and Environment, IBPSA, and CIE. Her research has been funded by US department of Energy, Nuckolls Funding for Lighting Education, and University of Washington Royalty Research Fund. Dr. Inanici is a member of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA).