Instructor Bio

Hooman Koliji, PhD is an interdisciplinary innovator, entrepreneur and educator working at the intersection of green technologies and the built environment. A distinguished fellow of the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, Koliji developed the original Ecological Design Thinking curriculum in the ecological engineering field. Dr. Koliji is the founder of CREO and BioBulb, based in Sausalito, California and has built an innovative smart hardware-software product system that utilizes artificial intelligence to enable buildings to natively grow plants. BioBulb has been featured in VIVATech Paris June 2021(European Union’s largest technology and start up Expo), TEDx Marin among others. Dr. Koliji believes that the built environment—real estate -- can combat climate change by employing smart living systems and incorporating nature into buildings systematically.