Student Researchers

First Name Last Namesort ascending Position Research Interests
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.

Maxwell Woody Research Assistant

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

Fantasia Williams Research Assistant
Lydia Whitbeck Research Assistant

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

Abhijeet Walchale Research Assistant

Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage.

Sabrina Vivian Research Assistant
Calli VanderWilde Research Assistant

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

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.

 

Michael Stacey Research Assistant

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

Madeline Somers Research Assistant
Brandon Smith Research Assistant

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

Chenyang Shuai Research Assistant

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

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.

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.

Michael Reiner Research Assistant
Jon Pruitt Research Assistant
Gabriela Porras Research Assistant

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

Kyle Pettibone Research Assistant

Kyle is interested in water systems and carbon capture technologies.

Christian Noyce Research Assistant

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.

Jon Newman Research Assistant

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

Lauren Meyer Research Assistant
Thomas Makled Research Assistant
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

Jianella Macalino Research Assistant

International Sustainable Development, Global Effects of Climate Change, Urban Planning and Policy

Lixi Liu Research Assistant

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

Leona Liu Research Assistant, Office Assistant

Leona is interested in renewable energy, electric vehicles, waste management and closed loop recycling.

Zhengyu Li Research Assistant

GIS, data analysis, Smart City infrastructure

Evan Leon Research Assistant

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

Carissa Knox Research Assistant
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.

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

Akshat Kasliwal Research Assistant

Development and deployment of energy generation and storage technologies; Emergent systems sustainability assessment; Future of mobility; Circular economies; Corporate sustainability.

Gautham Karthikeya Intern

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aldo Girard UROP Student

Energy Poverty Index

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.​

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.

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.

Sydney Forrester Research Assistant

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

Bret Fickes Research Assistant
Éamonn Fetherston Research Assistant

industrial ecology and renewable energy

Michelle Farhat Research Assistant, Office Assistant

Renewable energy, microgrids, and grid improvement in developing countries, especially through decentralized electricity generation.

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.

Davied Cordero Research Assistant
Kimin Cho Research Assistant

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

Sanaz Chamanara Research Assistant

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

Lexi Brewer Research Assistant

Aquaponics, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development

Kevin (Zicheng) Bi Research Assistant

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

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.

Stephen (Simi) Barr Research Assistant

Life Cycle Analysis, Sustainable Energy Systems, Carbon Cycle

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.

Laura Aguilar Esteva Research Assistant