George Armanious

George Armanious
Mentor: Dr. Prabir Barooah
College of Engineering
"I got involved in research to gain research experience, further my knowledge in mechanical engineering, and to write a journal article and thesis."


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Computer Science; Biomechanics

Research Interests

  • Controls
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Prosthetics

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Anderson Scholar Award
  • Honors Program
  • President's List


  • ASME
  • AIAA


  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Programming
  • Video Games
  • Tennis
  • Puzzles

Research Description

Fault Detection in HVAC Systems
The purpose of this project is to develop an enhanced fault detection and classification algorithm for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Fault detection is an integral part of these systems, and enhancing detection algorithms can help reduce energy costs. If faults can be detected as soon as, or shortly after, they happen, then less energy is wasted from faulty equipment and annual energy costs are lowered. Specifically, the air handling units of Pugh Hall are being studied. The economic benefits of a particular fault are currently being studied. The air handling units of Pugh Hall are fully operational at night although they should operate in a reduced state during these times. Significant annual savings are possible by fixing this fault alone. For more information on the project, visit the project webpage at