Researchers

First Name Last Namesort descending Position Research Interests
Jose Alfaro Core Staff, Professor of Practice

1) the prediction of electrical grid development in third world countries and the environmental impacts associated with the grid construction and use, 2) how policy can affect the grid balance towards lower environmental impact options and higher social justice degrees, 3) complex systems, social justice of sustainability in third world countries and transfer of appropriate technologies

Maryam Arbabzadeh Research Assistant

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

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.

Tianming Bai Visiting Scholar

Current research on Smart City.

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.

Alex Bennet Research Assistant
Kevin (Zicheng) Bi Research Assistant

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

Najet Bichraoui Visiting Scholar

Specialties: Industrial Ecology. Life Cycle Assessment, Material Flows Analysis. System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling.  Currently working on building a sustainable methodological framework using System dynamics and Agent-Based modeling for Industrial Eco-Park for the Champagne-Ardenne region. The core industry of this research is the oilseed-based product of the Picardie/Champagne region

Rees Blanchard Research Assistant
Michelle Bohrson Research Assistant

Sustainable urban development, food and water systems in the global south and community development.

Cailin Buchanan Research Assistant
Jonathan Bulkley Co-Director, Emeritus

Development and application of both quantitative and qualitative means to help policy makers and decision makers attain improved planning, evaluation, and management of natural resources, especially water resources.  Specific research interests include multi-objective analysis and risk analysis application.      

Stefania 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.

Marwan Charara Research Assistant

LIFT Core Life-Cycle Assessment

Jarett Diamond
Sydney Forrester Research Assistant

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

Alec Foster Research Fellow

Urban Political Ecology, Urban Forests and Urban Greenspaces, Affective Ecologies, Environmental Justice, Urban Theory, and Volunteered Geographic Information

Tomas Fuentes-Afflick
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.​

Jeremy Good Research Assistant
Erica Green
Mark Green Research Assistant
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.

Martin Heller Core Staff, Research Specialist

Life Cycle Assessment of Food and Agricultural Systems; Food System Sustainability; Sustainable Diets; Integrating Nutrition and Environmental Impact

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.

Helaine Hunscher Core Staff, Program Coordinator
Krutarth Jhaveri Research Assistant

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

Jeremiah Johnson Core Staff, Assistant Professor

His research interests include measuring the impacts of grid-connected renewable energy on the power system, investigating challenges of renewable integration, and developing methods for more informed generation resource planning. Other areas of investigation include material flow analysis and forecasting material use impacts stemming from changing generation portfolios.         

Shamitha Keerthi Research Assistant

Biofuels and their Environmental Impacts, Water Resource Policy, Water quality and scarcity, Energy & Land-use

Francis Kemausuor Visiting Scholar

Sustainable Energy Technologies; Bioenergy; Energy Policy

Gregory Keoleian Core Staff, Director, Professor

1) the development and application of life cycle models and metrics to enhance the sustainability of products and technology, 2) pioneering new methods in life cycle design, life cycle optimization of product replacement, life cycle cost analysis and life cycle based sustainability assessments ranging from energy analysis and carbon footprints to social indicators, 3) systems including alternative vehicle technology, renewable energy systems such as photovoltaics and willow biomass electricity, buildings and infrastructure, information technology, food and agricultural systems, household appliances, and packaging alternatives.         

Geoffrey Lewis Core Staff, Research Specialist

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • Associate Professor (tenured), School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. Waterloo, ON Canada. 2014-2016.
  • Assistant Professor, School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON Canada. 2008-2014.
  • Engineer, Westinghouse Electro-Optical Systems. Orlando, FL.
  • Engineer, Raytheon Missile Systems Division. Bedford, MA.
  • Engineer, Kollsman Instrument Company. Merrimack, NH.

ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Christidis, T., Lewis, G., & Bigelow, P. 2017. Understanding support and opposition to wind turbine development in Ontario, Canada and assessing possible steps for future development. Renewable Energy 112:93-103.
  • Casello, J., G. Lewis, D.  Santiago, and K. Yeung. 2014. Transit technology selection model. Journal of Public Transportation 17(4): 50-75.
  • Bennett, Claire and Geoffrey Lewis, 2014.  Integrating a triple bottom line approach into the management system: A framework for institutions and businesses alike. In 2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, Manchester UK, September 3-5, 2014.
  • Mallia, Eric and Geoffrey McD. Lewis. 2013. Life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of electricity generation in the province of Ontario. Int. J. LCA 18(2):377-391.
  • Lewis, Geoffrey and Jeff Casello, 2012.  Commonalities between energy and transportation systems – problem-solving across a disciplinary boundary.  In QUEST 2012 International Conference & Tradeshow – Smart Energy Communities in Cold Climates, Winnipeg, MB, November 18-21, 2012.
  • Moore, Michael R., Geoffrey McD. Lewis and Daniel J. Cepela.  2010. Markets for Renewable Energy and Pollution Emissions: Environmental Claims, Emission-Reduction Accounting, and Product Decoupling.  Energy Policy 38(10): 5956-5966.
  • Lewis, Geoffrey and R.J. Laverne, 2009. Catastrophic Loss of Tree Canopy and an Opportunity to Study the Effect of Trees on Residential Energy Use.  In Proceedings of the 4th Annual Canadian Solar Buildings Conference, Toronto, ON, June 25-27, 2009, by the Solar Buildings Research Network.
  • Malkawi, Ali M., Yi, Y. K., and Lewis, G.  2005.  Integrated evaluation of a photovoltaic installation. Journal of Architectural Engineering 11(4): 131-138. 
  • Lewis, Geoffrey McD., and E. Brabec.  2005. Regional land pattern assessment: development of a resource efficiency measurement method.  Landscape and Urban Planning 72(4): 281-296.
  • Lewis, Geoffrey McD., and E. Brabec.  2005. Development of regional measurement methods:  the context for quantifying influence and impact.  Landscape Review 10(1 & 2): 44-48
  • Lewis, Geoffrey M., and Ali M. Malkawi.  2004. Links Between Satellite Thermal Imagery and Building Energy Use.  In Proceedings of the Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction: World Building Congress CIB2004 in Toronto, ON, May 2-7, 2004 by the National Research Council of Canada, 677-684.  Ottawa, ON, Canada: NRC.
  • Singh, M., M. Wang, N. Hazard, and G. Lewis.  2000. Quantifying the Fuel Use and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Potential of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, SAE paper 2000-01-1581.  In Society of Automotive Engineers Future Car Congress in Arlington, VA, April 2-6, 2000.  SAE, Warrendale, PA.
  • Murrell, J. D., G. M. Lewis, D. M. Baker, and D. N. Assanis.  1997. An Early-Design Methodology for Predicting Transient Fuel Economy and Catalyst-Out Exhaust Emissions, SAE paper 971838.  In Society of Automotive Engineers Vehicle Thermal Management Systems Conference in Indianapolis, IN, May 19–22, 1997. SAE,  Warrendale, PA.
  • Laverne, Robert J., and G. M. Lewis.  1996.  The Effect of vegetation on residential energy use in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Journal of Arboriculture 22(5): 234-243.
Nana Li Visiting Scholar

Social welfare leakage of universal electricity service

Ping Li Visiting Scholar

Associate Professor, College of Economics and Management, Northeast Agriculture University, Haerbin, China.

Russian-Chinese forest resource flows

Hongqing Li Visiting Scholar

Material Flow Analysis, Environmental Risk Control, Land Resources Management         

Jinchao Li Visiting Scholar

My research interest lies on energy management and optimization. Current research projects include:

Study on Smart Grid Evaluation Model
Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region Key Energy-using Industry Differentiation Analysis and Optimization of Energy Efficiency
Carbon Intensity Development Mechanism and Optimization Path of Beijing City

Sai Liang Research Fellow

Investigating impacts of water scarcity risks on the global trade network.

Lixi Liu Research Assistant

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

Yanchen Liu Visiting Scholar

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing with research interests in sustainable urban water infrastructure.

Tara Mahone Research Assistant
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.

Sara Meerow Research Assistant

Urban Resilience, Urban adaptation to climate change, Green infrastructure      

Shelie Miller Core Staff, Associate Professor

Dr. Miller’s research interests center around the life cycle impacts of emerging energy systems.  Recent work focuses on the non-carbon aspects of biofuels, such as disruptions to the nitrogen cycle and changes in land use.  Interests also include advancing Life Cycle Assessment methods to analyze dynamic and emerging systems, such as hydraulic fracturing in the US and electricity grids in developing countries.

Noah Mitchell-Ward Research Assistant
Tara Narayanan Research Assistant
Meredith Neely
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.

Joshua Newell Core Staff, Assistant Professor

Dr. Newell's research can be divided into two primary areas of interest. The first, Metabolisms of Urban Infrastructure and Form, focuses on structural features of the urban form (e.g. built environment, transport, energy, and water infrastructure) that due to their durability have long-term implications for resource consumption patterns and processes within and outside of urban areas. The second research area, "Ethical" Urban Consumption and Commodities, focuses on the interrelationships between the consumption of consumer products, our responsibilities as global ‘green’ urban citizens, and the role of governance mechanisms and frameworks (including local institutions) in regulating product consumption. His research approach is often multi-scalar and integrative and, in addition to theory and method found in geography and urban planning, he draws upon principles and tools of industrial ecology (e.g. footprinting and life-cycle analysis), and spatial analysis (e.g. land use/land cover change).

Kate Newlin Office Assistant

Systems optimization, life cycle analysis, energy efficiency, waste management         

Nolan Orfield Core Staff, Lecturer, Research Associate

Dr. Orfield is interested in product design and the role that life cycle modeling can play in the creation of products that serve rather than deplete the planet. His background in both entrepreneurship and academic research position him to understand not only the complex interaction between goods and the natural world, but also the design constraints required for commercialization.

Shen Qu Research Fellow

Shen Qu is a Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow at SNRE of the University of Michigan. His current research focuses on how environmental risks may impact the global trade network. In particular, he combines tools of input-output analysis and network analysis to uncover the role of international trade in spreading and preventing environmental impacts.

Tony Reames Core Staff, Assistant Professor

Tony G. Reames conducts research in the emerging field of energy justice, which investigates fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy technology. His research employs energy analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and policy analysis tools to study disparities in urban residential energy dynamics focusing on the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic inequality. To watch an interview on how his research interests evolved, visit:  http://snre.umich.edu/news/12-22-2016/dr_tony_reames_brings_community_ap...

Adam Reichenberger Research Assistant

Regional Food Systems, Food Sovereignty in U.S. Post-Industrial Cities

GIS mapping of urban gardens in Detroit.
 

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.

Daniel Ryan Research Assistant

clean energy, carbon mitigation of power plants

Lingjun Song Visiting Scholar
Michael Stacey Research Assistant
Melissa Stults Research Assistant

The adaptation-mitigation nexus, building resilience towards climate change

John Sullivan Research Associate, External Advisory Board Member

materials, structures, vehicle safety, life cycle assessment, recycling, and sustainability

Omkar Sunkersett Research Assistant

Statistical Analysis, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Databases, Big Data Analytics

Pablo Taddei Research Assistant

sustainable/green infrastructure; energy poverty

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.

 

Xi Tian Visiting Scholar

The environmental and economic assessment of non-ferrous metal recycling industry.

Shreyas Vangala Office Assistant

Energy systems efficiency, Carbon reduction strategies, Federal regulation compliance strategies for utilities, Renewable electricity, and Grid-scale storage

Danielle Wilkins Office Assistant
Cory Wydysh Research Assistant

autonomous vehicles

Catie Wytychak Office Assistant

Water Resource Management

Ming Xu Core Staff, Assistant Professor

Dr. Xu develops and applies interdisciplinary system-based analytical tools to understand complex sustainability issues. This includes industrial ecology approaches (e.g., environmental input-output analysis, life cycle analysis, material flow analysis) and complex systems modeling methods (e.g., agent-based modeling, complex network analysis). Current focus of research includes "big data" mining and visualization, environmental implications of emerging bioenergy and clean vehicle technologies, and environmental impacts of international trade.

Yifan Xu Research Assistant

Life Cycle Assessment

Beatrix Yan Research Assistant
Brinda Yarlagadda Research Assistant
Yanxia Zhang Visiting Scholar
Qiaoting (Jessica) Zhao Research Assistant

Network Analysis, Material Flow Analysis