Student Researchers

First Name Last Namesort descending Position Research Interests
Stefania Almazan Casali Research Assistant

Stefania Almazán-Casali is an environmental social scientist. Her research focuses on understanding the interactions between human decision-making, power dynamics, and natural resource use. She follows a mixed-methods approach to provide insights on the key motivations and conditions guiding the distribution and governance of natural resources. Her approach combines surveys, behavioral experiments, and modelling tools such as agent-based models.

Stefania has international experience researching waste attitudes in Liberia, West Africa; water access in a small community  in the Peruvian Andes; and sustainable forest management in Eastern Europe. She is particularly interested in issues surrounding the collaborative management of water resources. Her upcoming research explores the effects of climate change perceptions on water allocation and investment decisions in a river-basin committee in South-East Brazil.

Stephen (Simi) Barr Research Assistant

Life Cycle Analysis, Sustainable Energy Systems, Carbon Cycle

Dominic Bednar Research Assistant

Dominic’s research explores the institutional barriers of energy poverty recognition and response in the United States whilst considering the spatial, racial/ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic patterns of residential energy affordability, consumption, and efficiency. More narrowly, his doctoral research aims to provide clarity for structuring more effective policy interventions and to improve decision making for assisting energy-vulnerable households, those likely to fall into energy poverty and struggle/unable to pay their energy bills resulting in energy utility shut-offs and forgoing basic necessities. Dominic is developing a multidimensional energy vulnerability index to better understand factors that contribute to household energy poverty in the U.S. Additionally, Dominic’s research uses LCA and LCC methods to better understand the effect of household appliance replacements on overall energy affordability of low-income households.

Publications

Miller, W. A., Boudreaux, P., Pallin, S., Biswas, K., Gehl, T., Atchley, J., ... & Shah, A. (2016). A field study setup of four homes having non-ventilated and semi-conditioned sealed attics. Journal of Green Building, 11(3), 1-20.

Sanaz Chamanara Research Assistant

Sustainable Supply Chain Governance, Environmental Justice, Global Value Chain, Life Cycle Approach, Environmental Governance

Kimin Cho Research Assistant

Environmental Justice, redistribution of wealth, private sector sustainability efforts, big data analysis.

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 alternative transportation fuel and technology for Amazon at the CSS.

Grant Faber Research Assistant

Grant is interested in performing techno-economic assessments of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies along with developing a more comprehensive framework for evaluating the costs of the various environmental impacts of these technologies. He is also interested in how complex systems modeling might be able to inform the deployment of carbon negative processes. Finally, he is intrigued by the ability of sustainable technologies, systems, and policies to reduce global catastrophic and existential risks.

Hannah Fetner Research Assistant

Food System Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, Packaging Impacts and Alternatives

Aldo Girard UROP Student

Energy Poverty Index

Jason Hawes Research Assistant

Urban resilience, sustainable food-energy-water infrastructure, socially-engaged design

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.

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.

Mengqing Kan Research Assistant

Life Cycle Assessment, Waste Management, Circular Economy, Climate Economics

Gautham Karthikeya Intern

energy efficiency, energy policy, clean energy, sustainable businesses, energy finance and economics, supply chain sustainability, and life-cycle energy assessments

Nicholas Kemp Research Assistant

 My current research is centered around a life cycle perspective on autonomous vehicles. Other interests in sustainability research include food systems and biomimicry

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.

Carissa Knox Research Assistant
Evan Leon Research Assistant

Mineral resources, metals recovery, technology recycling, E-waste

Zhengyu Li Research Assistant

GIS, data analysis, Smart City infrastructure

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

Renewable energy technology design and grid integration, implementation and design of renewable microgrids in developing countries, sustainable development, energy systems planning

Thomas Makled Research Assistant
Lauren Meyer 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.

Selim Sardag Research Assistant, Office Assistant

Selim is interested in addressing current environmental issues using engineering practices, with a focus on renewable energy integration and greenhouse gas emissions modeling. Selim completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. During his undergraduate career, his research focused on evaluating wind and solar resource patterns and draught conditions, and characterizing emissions from biochar combustion cookstoves. He also worked as a manufacturing engineering intern at Turkish Airlines Technic. Outside of academics, Selim plays tennis and likes to travel to find new spots to bungee jump.

Chenyang Shuai Research Assistant

My research interest is the universal scaling law of national development.

Madeline Somers Research Assistant
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

Sustainable food systems, (Social) life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, ecosystem services, supply chain management

Sabrina Vivian Research Assistant
Lydia Whitbeck Research Assistant

Renewable Energy, climate change adaptation, sustainable development, green buildings

Maxwell Woody Research Assistant

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

Bu Zhao Research Assistant

My research interests are in the general area of Data Science application in Environmental Systems. Specifically, my current interests are on computational modeling to predict the unknown life cycle inventory datasets and high-resolution urban air quality mapping.