|First Name||Last Name||Position||Research Interests|
|Laura||Aguilar Esteva||Research Assistant|
|Stefania||Almazan Casali||Research Assistant||
My interests revolve around sustainable development and its interactions with community development, natural resource conflict management and environmental mediation. My research uses a complex system approach to analyze the relationships and system dynamics of technology adoption, development, well-being, and overall natural resource use in communities. I am particularly interested in water related topics.
Dominic’s research explores spatial, racial and socioeconomic patterns of residential energy affordability, consumption and efficiency. Particularly, he is interested in identifying spatial clusters of high energy consuming and high energy inefficient households to best locate residents mired in fuel poverty. Moreover, he is interested in developing methods for selecting cost-optimal energy retrofit policies for residential buildings at the urban scale.
|Kevin (Zicheng)||Bi||Research Assistant||
Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles & Fleet Electrification
Conservation of biodiversity through environmental laws; carnivore interactions, parasite host interactions.
Aquaponics, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development
Christine is interested in watershed management, drainage system optimization, real-time controls, and ecological response monitoring. Currently, her thesis research is focusing on developing ecologically-based flow targets for the Clinton River Watershed through using real-time sensing and hydrologic modeling. Outside of her professional life, Christine enjoys exploring new places, yoga, kayaking, and ramen noodles."
Sustainability and resilience dynamics, Industrial Ecology, Urban-Rural Linkages, Life cycle flows, Green Infrastructure, Food-Water-Energy Systems.
Claire's interests include renewable energy grid integration, energy systems planning, and the nexus of energy technology, economics, and policy. Her overarching interest is in mitigating climate change, and is currently researching energy efficiency at the CSS.
|Michelle||Farhat||Research Assistant, Office Assistant||
Renewable energy, microgrids, and grid improvement in developing countries, especially through decentralized electricity generation.
industrial ecology and renewable energy
Sustainable energy, climate change, energy/water nexus, energy justice, sustainable development
Craig O. Freeland Jr is an undergraduate student at Denison University that will be completing his BA in Educational Studies and Environmental Studies this coming school year. He is a 2018 Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and will be working in the Urban Energy Justice Lab this summer. After completing his undergraduate work, Craig plans on going to graduate school in Chicagoland or the D.C. metropolitan area to work towards becoming a secondary educator.
She is most interested in renewable energy and sustainable energy practices, and would like to develop skills in improving energy infrastructure on large and small scales as well as researching energy generation technology. She is also interested in designing renewable energy infrastructure for different locations, particularly solar and wind power systems and would like to study the inefficiencies of different types of systems and work to improve them.
Jim's research involves the development of an integrated model using life cycle assessment methods to provide insight into the energy and emissions performance of autonomous vehicles for a variety of deployment scenarios. His other research interests include fleet electrification, shared mobility, and renewable energy.
Energy Poverty Index
Andrew is interested in the implementation process of renewable energy generation and storage technologies.
Brent Heard's work focuses on anticipating the sustainability implications of emerging technologies, with his current research investigating the effects of expanded refrigerated supply chains on food system sustainability.
Nutrient recovery through urine separation, Life Cycle Assessment, Water Systems, Circular Economy
Stephen is working on assessing a new form of recycling: Pee-cycling. Instead of adding nutrient heavy urine to the wastewater treatment system and intensively treating the nitrogen and phosphorus as a waste, the project looks to create fertilizer with it instead. He is developing life cycle models to analyze the environmental trade-offs of this approach with the conventional wastewater treatment system.
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.
Nate's research involves material flow analysis for the supply chain of major automotive materials. Other research interests he'd like to pursue include sustainable energy infrastructure and sustainable business practice integration, particularly in the tourism industry.
Life Cycle Assessment, Renewable Energy, Water Treatment, Process Design
Krutarth's current research focuses on evaluating the environmental performance of advanced lightweight materials for automotive and aerospace applications. He has developed parametric life cycle models to analyze the impact of lightweighting on energy consumption and GHG emissions
Co-author of journal article:
Padmanabhan, M., Jhaveri, K., Sharma, R., Basu, P. K., Raj, S., Wong, J. and Li, J. (2016), Light-induced degradation and regeneration of multicrystalline silicon Al-BSF and PERC solar cells. Phys. Status Solidi RRL, 10: 874–881. doi:10.1002/pssr.201600173
He was named a Dow Sustainability Fellows in Winter 2018 and received $20,000 for his studies.
Energy, Sustainability & Emergent-Systems
My interests lie in how to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and how to adapt to a changing climate though sustainable practices.
Mineral resources, metals recovery, technology recycling, E-waste
|Leona||Liu||Research Assistant, Office Assistant||
Leona is interested in renewable energy,e lectric vehicles, waste management and closed loop recycling.
Pursuing life cycle optimization research in product design and replacement of new technologies and sustainable
Julia’s interests are in the sustainable implementation of renewable energy systems across the globe, and in renewable energy grid integration.
Jon's research interests include clean energy and battery storage.
Kyle is interested in water systems and carbon capture technologies.
Gaby's interests include sustainable water systems and water treatment.
Nicole is interested in developing a more sustainable infrastructure for producing electricity, by optimizing the use of current generation assets and advancing alternative energy resources, with the goal of reducing emissions and waste. While obtaining her undergraduate degree Nicole participated in a co-op with Duke Energy for one year, where she gained experience in the operation and maintenance of coal fired power plants and natural gas combustion turbine combined cycle plants. After graduation she worked for Burns & McDonnell in their OnSite Energy and Power group creating dispatch models, feasibility studies and designs for combined heat and power plants. Nicole graduated from North Carolina State University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Science.
Brandon's academic interests include the integration of alternative energy with current grid infrastructure, carbon sequestration, and geothermal energy.
Focus: Sustainable Systems / Policy and Planning / Housing and Economic Development
Kanchan is interested in exploring the multifaceted water and energy nexus and its relationship to broader social issues like urban sustainability and design, environmental justice, and public health.
Morteza is interested in assessing the energy and environmental implications of emerging transportation systems and investigating the policy mechanisms that would promote sustainable transport. His research is focused on the synergetic effects of vehicle automation, electrification, and integration with charging infrastructure.
Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage.
Max's research interests include the expansion of renewable energy systems in developing countries, and solar energy technologies.