|First Name||Last Name||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
|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.
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.
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.
|Kevin (Zicheng)||Bi||Research Assistant||
Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles & Fleet Electrification
Sustainable urban development, food and water systems in the global south and community development.
Aquaponics, Urban Sustainability, Sustainable Development
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.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar 2017: environmental justice, environmental education, green space access
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.
Sustainability and resilience dynamics, Industrial Ecology, Urban-Rural Linkages, Life cycle flows, Green Infrastructure, Food-Water-Energy Systems.
LIFT Core Life-Cycle Assessment
environmental economics, ecological economics and sustainability development
Carbon emissions trading, Electricity market, Renewable Energy
Sustainable energy, climate change, energy/water nexus, energy justice, sustainable development
Urban Political Ecology, Urban Forests and Urban Greenspaces, Affective Ecologies, Environmental Justice, Urban Theory, and Volunteered Geographic Information
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.
Substance flow analysis of zinc in steel industry and utilization of zinc-bearing dust and sludge. Utilization of mineral resource as well as energy saving and emission reduction. Green manufacturing and circular economy in steel industry.
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
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.
Sustainability Assessment of Resource Use at Interfaces of the Socio-Economic-Environmental System
|Helaine||Hunscher||Core Staff, Program Coordinator|
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
Biofuels and their Environmental Impacts, Water Resource Policy, Water quality and scarcity, Energy & Land-use
|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.
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar 2017: Environmental Racism, Environmental Justice, Climate Change Impact, Sociology, Philosophy
|Geoffrey||Lewis||Core Staff, Research Specialist||
Pursuing life cycle optimization research in product design and replacement of new technologies and sustainable
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.
|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.
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).
Systems optimization, life cycle analysis, energy efficiency, waste management
|Scott||Noesen||External Advisory Board Member||
Integrate sustainable thinking and processes into all phases of business and non-profit institution activities.
|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 is a Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow at SEAS 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.
Energy Justice, Energy Assistance Programs
|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...
Regional Food Systems, Food Sovereignty in U.S. Post-Industrial Cities
GIS mapping of urban gardens in Detroit.
clean energy, carbon mitigation of power plants
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.
UNS: U.S.-China: Integrated Systems Modeling of Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus for Urban Sustainability
AGCI - Aspen Global Change Institute Energy Research Intern
• Collect and analyze energy-related data for various renewable and non-renewable energy sources
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
Statistical Analysis, Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Databases, Big Data Analytics
sustainable/green infrastructure; energy poverty
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.
The environmental and economic assessment of non-ferrous metal recycling industry.
Energy systems efficiency, Carbon reduction strategies, Federal regulation compliance strategies for utilities, Renewable electricity, and Grid-scale storage
Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage.
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.
Life Cycle Assessment
Energy economics and environmental management, environmental input-output modeling and application, carbon emission
Environmental economics and management
Economics of Resources and Environment
|Qiaoting (Jessica)||Zhao||Research Assistant||
Network Analysis, Material Flow Analysis