Post Docs & Associates
|First Name||Last Name||Position||Research Interests|
materials, structures, vehicle safety, life cycle assessment, recycling, and sustainability
Dwarak Ravikumar is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS). He is currently investigating the environmental trade-offs for a circular economy for carbon emissions and evaluating if it is environmentally worthwhile to utilize the captured carbon to manufacture products in the chemical and construction sectors. Dwarak’s research interests include developing environmentally improved technologies to recycle photovoltaic systems, advancing life cycle assessment methods to evaluate emerging technologies, and improving the sustainability of renewable energy systems.
Shen Qu is a Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow at SEAS of the University of Michigan. His current research focuses on how environmental risks may impact the global trade network. In particular, he combines tools of input-output analysis and network analysis to uncover the role of international trade in spreading and preventing environmental impacts.
|Nolan||Orfield||Core Staff, Lecturer, Research Associate||
Dr. Orfield is interested in product design and the role that life cycle modeling can play in the creation of products that serve rather than deplete the planet. His background in both entrepreneurship and academic research position him to understand not only the complex interaction between goods and the natural world, but also the design constraints required for commercialization.
|Jeremy||Moghtader||Research Associate, Co-Author||
Jeremy is the Farm Manager for University of Michigan Campus Farm.
|Geoffrey||Lewis||Core Staff, Research Specialist||
My research interests are in the general area of Life Cycle Assessment. Specifically, I'm interested in using existing life cycle inventory datasets to predict the unknown datasets through computational modeling. Instead of expensive, time-consuming site investigation or literature review, the computational approach takes advantage of the underlying similarity of various datasets to easily estimate the unknown data with reasonable accuracy.
|Martin||Heller||Core Staff, Research Specialist||
Life Cycle Assessment of Food and Agricultural Systems; Food System Sustainability; Sustainable Diets; Integrating Nutrition and Environmental Impact
Heller, M. (2019) "Waste Not, Want Not: Reducing Food Loss and Waste in North America Through Life Cycle-Based Approaches." United Nations Environment Programme (Download full report here.)
Life cycle assessment, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, individual travel patterns, GPS data, lightweighting materials, emission inventory
GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, land use/cover change, scenario-based simulation.
sustainable food supply chains in cities; urban agriculture; beef hoofprint of cities
|Alex||Bryan||Research Associate, Co-Author||
Staff coordinator for Sustainable Food Program, linking students and operations. Supporting any sustainable food initiative on campus.
Sustainable energy, Life cycle assessment, Climate change, Sustainable development, Environmental economics, Energy Storage, Linkages between energy and environment, Electric vehicles