Domenique R. Lumpkin 

Department: Lyles School of Civil Engineering

Title: Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Research description: Reimagining buildings: the conceptualization, identification, quantification, and improvement of the longitudinal, socio-technical dimensions of building performance.

Research highlights:

  • Identification of comprehensive, system-level interrelationships between building parts, and opportunities for innovation in the linkages
  • Development of a socio-technical theory for building performance
  • Investigation of, and recommendations for achieving shared efficacy metrics
  • Longitudinal building value creation for changing beneficiaries
  • The exploration of alternative business models for value-in-use building development


  1. Design thinking
  2. Impact-based building design and performance metrics
  3. Equitable, sustainable, resilient building development
  4. Socio-technical approaches
  5. Human-building interaction
  6. Systems thinking
  7. Cost-benefit analysis
  8. Business model innovation
  9. Mixed-methods study


  • Lumpkin, D., Bahman, A., & Groll, E. (2018). Two-phase injected and vapor-injected compression: Experimental results and mapping correlation for a R-407C scroll compressor. International Journal of Refrigeration, 86, 449-462.
  • Lumpkin, D., Horton, W., & Sinfield, J. (2020). Holistic synergy analysis for building subsystem performance and innovation opportunities. Building and Environment, 178, Building and Environment, July 2020, Vol.178.


Domenique R. Lumpkin is a PhD Candidate studying Civil (Architectural) Engineering with the Enabling Innovation Laboratory and Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at Purdue University. Originally from South Florida, she received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. Subsequently, Domenique received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Her early research focus was component-level energy systems from studying high-concentration photovoltaic solar systems at the National University of Singapore for a semester to compressor testing, simulation, and mapping, as well as heat pump simulation at Purdue University. Domenique has since transitioned to generating a comprehensive approach to impact-focused building development by employing grounded theory, systems theory, design thinking, theories and patterns of innovation, architectural engineering, economics, and business model innovation. This work presents a framework to create sustainable, useful, and valuable buildings. To complement her technical growth, Domenique has held  leadership roles within the Ray W. Herrick Labs, with the Purdue Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) and the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) enabling her to receive the 2016 Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence Leadership in Action Award. She has mentored Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) students and Purdue Bound students as a Fellow with the National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. Domenique’s dedication to learning and scholarship in a relentless environment is recognized by the National GEM Consortium where Intel Corporation sponsored her graduate schooling. Similarly, Purdue University rewarded her with the Ludwig Kruhe Fellowship for her commitment to promoting a deeper interest in world problems, to the end that a better understanding of international relationships and world affairs may be advanced. Domenique has a high level of ambition and is interested in a career that allows her to work in a team, utilize strategy and high-level communication to yield measurable, pragmatic impact. For leisure, Domenique practices meditation, yoga, and new cocktail recipes and enjoys high-intensity interval training, and travelling. In her spare time, Domenique prioritizes volunteer activities that shape, inspire, and provide opportunities for younger Black girls to join and influence the future engineering workforce.