|First Name||Last Name||Position||Research Interests|
Regional Food Systems, Food Sovereignty in U.S. Post-Industrial Cities
GIS mapping of urban gardens in Detroit.
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.
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.
clean energy, carbon mitigation of power plants
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.
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.
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
Life Cycle Assessment, Renewable Energy, Water Treatment, Process Design
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
Pursuing life cycle optimization research in product design and replacement of new technologies and sustainable
LIFT Core Life-Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Sustainability, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, and Sustainable Development
The adaptation-mitigation nexus, building resilience towards climate change
Sustainable urban development, food and water systems in the global south and community 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.
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.
Statistical Analysis, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Databases, Big Data Analytics
sustainable/green infrastructure; energy poverty
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.
|Qiaoting (Jessica)||Zhao||Research Assistant||
Network Analysis, Material Flow Analysis
Urban Resilience, Urban adaptation to climate change, Green infrastructure
Biofuels and their Environmental Impacts, Water Resource Policy, Water quality and scarcity, Energy & Land-use
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.
Sustainable energy, climate change, energy/water nexus, energy justice, sustainable development
Life Cycle Assessment
|Zahra||Bahrani Fard||Research Assistant||
Zahra is currently a Master student of Natural Resources and Environment at The University of Michigan. Research interests include: Urban Sustainability, Transportation Planning, Autonomous Vehicle.
She has background in Urban Planning and holds a Master degree in Regional planning from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran. Zahra is currently working on the Green Infrastructures Project in Detroit with the Urban Sustainability Research Group. Before attending the University of Michigan, she was involved in some interesting research projects on spatial justice, transportation planning and comprehensive planning.