Student Researchers

First Name Last Namesort descending 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 Bednar Research Assistant

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

Sam Bower Intern

Conservation of biodiversity through environmental laws; carnivore interactions, parasite host interactions.

Lexi Brewer Research Assistant

Aquaponics, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development

Christine Brown Research Assistant

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."

Sanaz Chamanara Research Assistant

Sustainability and resilience dynamics, Industrial Ecology, Urban-Rural Linkages, Life cycle flows, Green Infrastructure, Food-Water-Energy Systems.

Gustavo Cordera Research Assistant
Davied Cordero Research Assistant
Claire Dodinval Research Assistant

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.

Éamonn Fetherston Research Assistant

industrial ecology and renewable energy

Bret Fickes Research Assistant
Sydney Forrester Research Assistant

Sustainable energy, climate change, energy/water nexus, energy justice, sustainable development

Craig Freeland Intern

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.

Allie Frost Research Assistant

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 Gawron Research Assistant

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.​

Aldo Girard UROP Student

Energy Poverty Index

Andrew Harrison Research Assistant

Andrew is interested in the implementation process of renewable energy generation and storage technologies.

Brent Heard Research Assistant

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.

Stephen Hilton Research Assistant

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.

Ping Hou Research Assistant

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 Hua Research Assistant

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.

Krutarth Jhaveri Research Assistant

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.

Akshat Kasliwal Research Assistant

Energy, Sustainability & Emergent-Systems

Michael Kinzler Research Assistant

My interests lie in how to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and how to adapt to a changing climate though sustainable practices.

Evan Leon Research Assistant

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.

Lixi Liu Research Assistant

Pursuing life cycle optimization research in product design and replacement of new technologies and sustainable
energy systems

Julia Magee Research Assistant

Julia’s interests are in the sustainable implementation of renewable energy systems across the globe, and in renewable energy grid integration.

Thomas Makled Research Assistant
Lauren Meyer Research Assistant
Jon Newman Research Assistant

Jon's research interests include clean energy and battery storage.

Kyle Pettibone Research Assistant

Kyle is interested in water systems and carbon capture technologies.

Gabriela Porras Research Assistant

Gaby's interests include sustainable water systems and water treatment.

Jon Pruitt Research Assistant
Michael Reiner Research Assistant
Nicole Ryan Research Assistant

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 Smith Research Assistant

Brandon's academic interests include the integration of alternative energy with current grid infrastructure, carbon sequestration, and geothermal energy.

Michael Stacey Research Assistant

Focus: Sustainable Systems / Policy and Planning / Housing and Economic Development

Kanchan Swaroop Research Assistant

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 Taiebat Research Assistant

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.

 

Calli VanderWilde Research Assistant
Sabrina Vivian Research Assistant
Abhijeet Walchale Research Assistant

Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage.

Fantasia Williams Research Assistant
Maxwell Woody Research Assistant

Max's research interests include the expansion of renewable energy systems in developing countries, and solar energy technologies.