Events & Media

Sustainable Technology Seminar Series:
Policy Economic Analysis of Sustainable Chemical/Material Technologies

The Bren School is hosting a series of speakers related to the Mellichamp Endowed Chairs in Sustainable Materials and Product Design. Areas of research are green chemistry, sustainable manufacturing, sustainable catalytic processing, and economics of sustainable technologies.

Find out more about the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability — Materials and Product Design.

Below we list the speakers with brief biographies and the time and place of their presentations.

Erin BakerErin Baker, January 12, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Bren Hall 1424

Erin Baker is an associate professor of industrial and mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research topics include the application of operations research methods to environmental and energy economics and policy, how uncertainty impacts global climate change policy in a strategic environment, the economics of distributed generation, and the interplay between energy and development in Africa. She earned her MS and PhD in engineering economic systems & operations research from Stanford University and her BA in applied mathematics from UC Berkeley. See a flyer for the talk with the title and abstract.


Maravelias ChristosChristos Maravelias, January 20, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Bren Hall 1424

Christos Maravelias is a professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on process systems engineering within the following fields: production planning and scheduling, pharmaceutical R&D pipeline management, chemical process synthesis, supply chain management, renewable fuel technology development and assessment, and computational methods for novel material discovery. He earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, his MS in operational research from the London School of Economics, and his bachelor's in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. See a flyer for the talk with the title and abstract.


Bhavik BaksiBhavik Baksi, February 10, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Bren Hall 1424

Bhavick Bakshi is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University. His research focuses on sustainability science and engineering as well as process systems engineering. This work expands the traditional engineering focus on a single manufacturing process or supply chain to include broader implications of these activities on the life cycle, economy, and ecosystems. This kind of work is of increasing interest to businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and consumers. He earned his PhD and MS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Bombay. See a flyer for the talk with the title and abstract.


Tom LyonTom Lyon, Feb. 11, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Bren Hall 1424

Tom Lyon is the Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan. His current research interests include corporate environmental information disclosure, greenwashing, the causes and consequences of renewable energy policy, and voluntary programs for environmental improvement. He is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands. He earned his MS and PhD in engineering economic systems from Stanford University and his BSE in civil engineering from Princeton University.

Charles Mason


Charles Mason
, February 17, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Bren Hall 1424

Charles Mason is the H. A. "Dave" True, Jr. Professor in Petroleum and Natural Gas Economics at the University of Wyoming. He is an internationally known scholar who specializes in environmental and resource economics. From 2006-2011, he served as the managing editor of the the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the top international journal in this field. His current research interests include modeling prices for crude oil and natural gas, the role of delivery infrastructure in natural gas markets, and the motivations for holding stockpiles of oil and gas. He earned his BA and PhD in economics and a BA in mathematics from the UC Berkeley.

 

Jessika TrancikJessika Trancik, March 4, 2015, 11:30-12:30, Bren Hall 1424

Jessika Trancik is an Atlantic Richfield Career Development Assistant Professor in energy studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her research centers on evaluating the environmental impacts and costs of energy technologies, and setting design targets to help accelerate the development of these technologies in the laboratory. Her projects focus on electricity and transportation, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and storage technologies. She earned her PhD in materials science from Oxford University and a BS in materials science and engineering from Cornell University. See a flyer for the talk with the title and abstract.