|First Name||Last Name||Position||Research Interests|
|Laura||Aguilar Esteva||Research Assistant|
|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.
Mayur's work focuses on examining food from meal-prep companies which use augmented, direct consumer models of food distribution and compares them to meals cooked directly from grocery stores to assess sustainability initiatives associated with these companies' supply chains. He also researches the social dynamics of wind energy to see if it is possible to predict contention accurately across prospective wind energy sites in Michigan.
|Stephen (Simi)||Barr||Research Assistant||
Life Cycle Analysis, Sustainable Energy Systems, Carbon Cycle
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.
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.
|Kevin (Zicheng)||Bi||Research Assistant||
Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles & Fleet Electrification
Aquaponics, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development
Sustainable Supply Chain Governance, Environmental Justice, Global Value Chain, Life Cycle Approach, Environmental Governance
Environmental Justice, redistribution of wealth, private sector sustainability efforts, big data analysis.
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.
agricultural systems, environmental justice, land-cover/land-use change, remote sensing, spatial analysis, sustainable development
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.
|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.
|James (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.
Energy Poverty Index
Urban resilience, sustainable food-energy-water infrastructure, socially-engaged design
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 efficiency, energy policy, clean energy, sustainable businesses, energy finance and economics, supply chain sustainability, and life-cycle energy assessments
Development and deployment of energy generation and storage technologies; Emergent systems sustainability assessment; Future of mobility; Circular economies; Corporate sustainability.
My current research is centered around a life cycle perspective on autonomous vehicles. Other interests in sustainability research include food systems and biomimicry
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
GIS, data analysis, Smart City infrastructure
|Leona||Liu||Research Assistant, Office Assistant||
Leona is interested in renewable energy, electric vehicles, waste management and closed loop recycling.
Pursuing life cycle optimization research in product design and replacement of new technologies and sustainable
International Sustainable Development, Global Effects of Climate Change, Urban Planning and Policy
Renewable energy technology design and grid integration, implementation and design of renewable microgrids in developing countries, sustainable development, energy systems planning
Jon's research interests include clean energy and battery storage.
Examining environmental justice implications of market driven environmental policy. I am also interested in the equity, implementation, and access of electrification within public and private transportation. In my spare time I enjoy watching Netflix, hiking, biking and cooking.
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.
|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.
My research interest is the universal scaling law of national development.
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
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.
Sustainable food systems, (Social) life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, ecosystem services, supply chain management
Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage.
Renewable Energy, climate change adaptation, sustainable development, green buildings
Max's research interests include the expansion of renewable energy systems in developing countries, and solar energy technologies.
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.