|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
|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
Life cycle analysis and how it informs sustainable material decisions, Waste streams and alternative uses, and Transportation systems
I am interested in human-environment interactions as they pertain to resilient communities. Particular areas of interest include localization strategies, edible landscapes, and the dynamics of the urban/rural interface.
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.
clean vehicles, sustainable system analysis, complex systems, clean energy, and environmental policy
life cycle assessment, climate mitigation and adaptation (especially in urban context), sustainable agriculture, land use, food vs. fuel
Renewable energy, Energy-water nexus in developing countries
Interested in renewable energy implementation, such as solar or wind.
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.
|Erin||Dreps||Research Associate, Office Assistant||
Her UM Master's Project worked with McHenry County Conservation District to revitalize a dormant ecological restoration-themed education program at Glacial Park in the greater Chicago area.
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.
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.
Philanthropy, Advancement & Development
|Martin||Heller||Core Staff, Research Specialist||
Life Cycle Assessment of Food and Agricultural Systems; Food System Sustainability; Sustainable Diets; Integrating Nutrition and Environmental Impact
|Helaine||Hunscher||Core Staff, Program Coordinator|
|Jeremiah||Johnson||Core Staff, Assistant Research Scientist||
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.
International Development, Renewable Energy, Social Justice and Sustainability, Dynamic Modeling, Charcoal Production, Liberia
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.
Material Flow Analysis, Environmental Risk Control, Land Resources Management
Material Flow Analysis, Environmental Risk Control, Land Resources Management
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
International Urban Sustainable Development. More specifically, her research focuses on modes of governance and policies to improve urban energy systems and resilience to climate change.
|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
|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
Clean Transportation Energy, Sustainable Urban Design, Renewable Energy, Biofuels, Systems Analysis
Renewables & Environment
clean energy, carbon mitigation of power plants
Renewable energy systems
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
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.