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) 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.

Tianming Bai Visiting Scholar

Current research on Smart City.

Dominic Bednar Research Assistant

My goals aim to revitalize existing green infrastructure and cities to achieve harmony between buildings and humans.

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

Michelle Bohrson Research Assistant

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

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.      

Jiarui Cai Research Assistant

Since traditional data collection methods for Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) is expensive and time consuming, I am interested in innovative methods to collect LCI data such as computational data mining by link prediction.

Lu Chen Research Assistant

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

Josh Cousins Research Assistant
Jarett Diamond
Yu Feng Research Assistant

Using Agent-Based Model to simulate the influence of water, energy shortage and natural disaster do to international industry network. Environmental Complex Systems

Tomas Fuentes-Afflick
Jeremy Good Research Assistant
Erica Green
Brent Heard Research Assistant

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

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
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
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         

Hongqing Li Visiting Scholar

Material Flow Analysis, Environmental Risk Control, Land Resources Management

Sai Liang Research Fellow

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

Yashen Lin Research Fellow

Demand-Side Management of Energy Systems; Demand Response; Distributed Energy Storage

Yanchen Liu Visiting Scholar

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

Sara Meerow Research Assistant

Urban Resilience, Urban adaptation to climate change, Green infrastructure      

Robert Meyer Research Associate
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.

Sarah Mostafa 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.

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).

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 Assistant

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.

Daniel Ryan Research Assistant

clean energy, carbon mitigation of power plants

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.

Lingjun Song Visiting Scholar
Rebecca Spellissy Research Assistant

Community engagement and transfer of information in technology based development projects.

Melissa Stults Research Assistant

The adaptation-mitigation nexus, building resilience towards climate change

Brittany Szczepanik Research Assistant, Office Assistant

I am interested in sustainable energy systems in the built environment, particularly for local school districts. In my future career, I hope to help schools analyze demand-side electricity consumption and provide affordable and renewable energy options to lower their utility bills and carbon footprint, while simultaneously encouraging behavior change.  I believe schools are drivers for change. I am confident that we can maximize our environmental impact by focusing on institutions whose purpose is to develop a responsible and future-oriented student body.

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

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.

Yanxia Zhang Visiting Scholar
Qiaoting (Jessica) Zhao Research Assistant

Network Analysis, Material Flow Analysis