Student Researchers

First Namesort descending Last Name Position Research Interests
Abhijeet Walchale Research Assistant

Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage.

Akshat Kasliwal Research Assistant

Energy, Sustainability & Emergent-Systems

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.

Bhuvan Neema Research Assistant

My research is focused on application of Battery Energy Storage (BES) systems on grid-scale. Currently I am assessing BES systems as a replacement of dirty peaker-power generation plants and improving capacity factor for combined cycle natural gas based power generation units. I am focusing on ERCOT region grid and evaluating its environmental as well as economic impact for utilities.

Brandon Smith Research Assistant

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

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.

Cailin Buchanan Research Assistant

Cailin’s current research is related to evaluating the fuel savings and environmental impacts of lightweighting on a variety of vehicle modes, ranging from freight trucks to container ships. She has developed a model that uses life cycle assessment tools to analyze the influence that mode and distance have on the degree to which lightweighting impacts freight transportation life cycle burdens.

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.

Éamonn Fetherston Research Assistant

industrial ecology and renewable energy

Evan Leon Research Assistant

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

Gustavo Cordera Research Assistant
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.​

Kaihui Song Research Assistant

UNS: U.S.-China: Integrated Systems Modeling of Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus for Urban Sustainability
• Collect data and analyze data with Input-Output Analysis (IOA) method

AGCI - Aspen Global Change Institute Energy Research Intern

• Collect and analyze energy-related data for various renewable and non-renewable energy sources
• Summarize and update descriptions about breakthroughs, obstacles, technologies, as well as political, social and environmental considerations

Kely Markley Research Assistant

Kely's interests are in researching community-based approaches to energy projects, as well as the intersection of residential energy (generation, consumption, and affordability) and equity concerns in urban America.

Kevin (Zicheng) Bi Research Assistant

Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles & Fleet Electrification

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.

Laura Aguilar Esteva Research Assistant
Lauren Meyer Research Assistant
Lexi Brewer Research Assistant

Aquaponics, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development

Lixi Liu Research Assistant

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

Marwan Charara Research Assistant

LIFT Core Life-Cycle Assessment

Maryam Arbabzadeh Research Assistant

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Sustainability, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Development

Meredith Neely Research Assistant

Water resource engineering

Michael Reiner Research Assistant
Michael Stacey Research Assistant

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

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Sanaz Chamanara Research Assistant

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

Shiva Raissicharmakani Research Assistant

Energy Justice, Energy Assistance Programs

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.

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.

Sydney Forrester Research Assistant

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

Tara Mahon Research Assistant

Sustainable energy, water use impacts, LCA

Tawechote Wongbuphanimitr Research Assistant

Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Urban Resilience, Green Infrastructure, Clean Energy, Community-based Approaches to International Development

Thomas Makled Research Assistant