|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
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Sustainability
|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.
Current research on Smart City.
|Kevin (Zicheng)||Bi||Research Assistant||
Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles & Fleet Electrification
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
Sustainable urban development, food and water systems in the global south and community development.
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.
Renewable energy, Energy-water nexus in developing countries
developing methodologies and strategies for water resource management, including Life Cycle Assessment of shale gas and coal, hydroponic systems for green infrastructure, hydraulics and hydrology modeling, and flood insurance study
Renewable Energy, Power Grid Integration, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency
developing environmental/sustainability education and outreach programs for varied audiences (specializing in K-12), aligning curricula with Next Generation Science Standards, and assessment and evaluation of educational programming.
Appropriate Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Environment, Green Materials, International Development, Life Cycle Analysis, New & Renewable Energy and Sustainability
climate change mitigation and adaptation (particularly in urban environments in the Great Lakes region), as well as water resource management and policy. More specifically, my research at the Center of Sustainable Systems focuses on conducting a community and municipal greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Detroit.
Work to connect innovation with policy and capital to accelerate spread of developments through society.
Specialties:global economics, bio-tech, product development
Using Agent-Based Model to simulate the influence of water, energy shortage and natural disaster do to international industry network. Environmental Complex Systems
|Mohammad (Arman)||Golrokhian||Research Assistant||
My research is evaluating the lightweight vehicle’s environmental impact in the life cycle framework. Manufacturing lightweight vehicles is one of the main transportation policies in future, for improving fuel economy and energy consumption in vehicles. Life cycle assessment provides a more profound understanding of environmental impacts throughout all stages of a vehicle’s life from the manufacturing and use phases up to the end of life management, rather than focusing on the use phase alone.
This interdisciplinary research requires considering different technological, environmental, economic and policy related aspects of fuel economy in the realm of transportation.
Building regional resiliency through collaborative adaptation and mitigation planning
Life cycle assessment of non-GHG environmental impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing including water consumption and chemical loss to environment; statistical analysis of stochastic failure events in shale gas and coal life cycles. Other interests include electricity sector regulation, renewable energy and green buildings.
Integrating economic, statistical, and social science modeling into the life cycle assessment of emerging technologies
|Martin||Heller||Core Staff, Research Specialist||
Life Cycle Assessment of Food and Agricultural Systems; Food System Sustainability; Sustainable Diets; Integrating Nutrition and Environmental Impact
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|
|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.
Biofuels and their Environmental Impacts, Water Resource Policy, Water quality and scarcity, Energy & Land-use
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|
Social welfare leakage of universal electricity service
Associate Professor, College of Economics and Management, Northeast Agriculture University, Haerbin, China.
Russian-Chinese forest resource flows
Material Flow Analysis, Environmental Risk Control, Land Resources Management
Material Flow Analysis, Environmental Risk Control, Land Resources Management
Investigating impacts of water scarcity risks on the global trade network.
Sai Liang is a postdoctoral research fellow at SNRE of the University of Michigan. He was selected as a Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellow during September, 2013 – August, 2015.He is interested in understanding the complex interdependence of economic and environmental systems and the implications on policymaking. His research focuses on how the economies of the global trade network are likely to be impacted by future environmental challenges, specifically focusing on a country’s availability of freshwater. An interdisciplinary approach isrequired for the research by integrating methods and tools in environmental systems analysis, risk analysis, statistical physics, and macroeconomics. Sai got his Ph.D. degree and B.S. degree both in environmental science & engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing of China.
Demand-Side Management of Energy Systems; Demand Response; Distributed Energy Storage
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing with research interests in sustainable urban water infrastructure.
renewable energy systems, renewable energy integration to the grid, energy efficiency
sustainable mobility and more specifically, how real-world driving behavior affects the environmental impacts of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
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.
Life Cycle Assessment, product sustainability, green materials, renewable energy and grid integration, energy access for Base of the Pyramid.(BoP) communities
ecological design projects in urban environments that promote water quality and provide both a social and environmental benfit to the cities in which they are implemented.
adaption to climate change and by encouraging investments in natural infrastructure
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.
|Josh||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
Integration of Renewable Energy to the Grid, System Optimization, Energy Efficiency
|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.
Sustainability, higher education, environmental consulting, social justice, food justice
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.
Renewables & Environment
clean energy, carbon mitigation of power plants
Renewable energy systems
Community engagement and transfer of information in technology based development projects.
The adaptation-mitigation nexus, building resilience towards climate change
interested in how the public and private sectors can work together to accomplish our development and climate change goals
The environmental and economic assessment of non-ferrous metal recycling industry.
Renewable energy, Wind farm siting, Environmental policy, Eco-city, Corporate environmental strategies
Energy systems efficiency, Carbon reduction strategies, Federal regulation compliance strategies for utilities, Renewable electricity, and Grid-scale storage
|Puneeth||Venkatarama Reddy||Research Assistant||
Aspiring to provide sustainable and economical solutions to global resource challenges.
Electricity Markets and Policy
Performed a Life Cycle Assessment on three building facades, two existing ones and a proposed one. Then compared the energy uses and emissions as life cycle cost for all three options.
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.
Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Green Design, Sustainable Engineering Technologies, Sustainable Enterprises, Environmental Management
Structure or the global trade network.
|Qiaoting (Jessica)||Zhao||Research Assistant||
Network Analysis, Material Flow Analysis