Paul Crovella

Paul Crovella

219 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6839



Ph.D. (in progress) State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry
M. Eng., Cornell University, 1990
B. Sc. with Distinction, Cornell University, 1989

Areas of Study

Sustainable Construction
Residential Construction
Historic Preservation
Optimum Value Engineering


  • CME 342 – Light Construction
  • CME 332 - Mechanical and Electrical Equipment
  • CME 304- Environmental Performance Measures for Buildings
  • CME 305 - Sustainable Energy Systems for Buildings
  • CME 306 - Engineering Materials for Sustainable Construction
  • CME 405 - Building Information Modeling for Construction Managers
  • ERE 596 - Seminar in Deconstruction

Selected Publications

Crovella, P L. and K.G. Gebremedhin. 1990. Analyses of light frame wood truss tension joint stiffness. Forest Products Journal, April 1990, 41-47.

Gebremedhin, K. G. and P. L. Crovella. 1990. Load distribution in metal plate connectors of tension joints in wood trusses. Transactions of the ASAE 34(1):281-7.

Crovella, P. L. and K. G. Gebremedhin. 1988. Improving wood truss design by optimizing metal plate connectors. ASAE Paper no. 88-45117. St. Joseph, MI. 19pp.

Gebremedhin, K. G. and P.L. Crovella. 1990. Analysis of light frame wood truss joints using an elastic foundation model. Proceedings of the International Timber Engineering Conference. Tokyo, Japan. 709-15.

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Colin BraggColin Bragg

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella
  • Area of Study: E Construction Management

Ian CampbellIan Campbell

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella
  • Area of Study: E Sustainable Construction
  • Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (Civil Engineering)

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Graduate Research Topic
I am researching the stiffness, bending and shear strengths of multiple wood species indigenous to upstate New York, assembled in the form of cross-laminated timber (CLT). This is in hope of providing additional structural data backing future standards to be implemented in the US for CLT to be used as a viable means for alternative engineering and construction solutions.

Favorite Quote
"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Michael RannMichael Rann

  • Degree Sought: MPS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella
  • Area of Study: Construction Mgt and Wood Products Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY College Cortland (Economics)

Personal Statement
I am happy to be working toward my M.S. in Construction Management at SUNY ESF because not only do I learn about the nuts and bolts of how to manage construction, I get to learn about what is happening now and what is next in terms of construction methods and sustainability.

Graduate Research Topic

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Michelle TinnerMichelle Tinner

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Crovella
  • Area of Study: E Sustainable Construction

Favorite Quote
"Don't work toward freedom, but allow the work itself to be freedom." ~Dogen Hosokawa Roshi

Michelle, business owner of BPI accredited MBT Design, kicked-off her building science career as a home performance contractor for NYSERDA’s EmPower New York Program, an energy reduction service for low-income families. Embracing a whole system’s approach to building, she became a HERS Rater and BPI certified Building Analyst, Envelope, Heating, as well as AC/Heat Pump professional. With a commitment to professionalism and education, she’s assisting BPI as a Proctor and Quality Assurance Inspector. Additionally, she’s seeking her MS in Sustainable Construction Management at SUNY ESF to bind innovation and sustainability with affordability. Educated first in Fine Arts in ceramics at SUNY New Paltz, she understands the building world needs an aesthetic and perhaps feminine touch. A touch that she’s incorporating in her efficient and affordable tiny house project this spring.

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