Students

Graham Ambrose
Graham Ambrose
University of Minnesota
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

I am working to understand the influences of economies of scale in production typologies across the Urban Food System and their connection to a producer's Quality of Life.

Poorva Bedge
Colorado State University
Energy

My research with the SRN focuses on impact of distributed solar energy penetration on the utility grid. I am also evaluating impact of utility level demand response techniques like smart thermostats on the energy savings and renewable penetration.

Dana Boyer
Dana Boyer
University of Minnesota
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Work on issues related to urban food systems, specifically working to better understand the water, energy, and greenhouse gas impacts of city food supplies, working in Indian and U.S. cities. Conduct scenario analysis to guide urban food system design.

Lara Clark
Lara Clark
University of Minnesota
Measuring Sustainability, Health & Well-being

Studying relationships among changes in air quality, equity, and urban form in United States cities between 2000 and 2010.

Tate Davis
Tate Davis
Georgia Institue of Technology
Measuring Sustainability, Health & Well-being

I am investigating the relationship between air quality, health outcomes, and the built environment to better understand how policy and infrastructure changes can improve health, well-being, and livability.

David Farnham
Columbia University
Energy & Water/Wastewater

David is modeling the spatio-temporal structure of extreme weather and climate events (e.g. cold spells and high wind events) and investigating how covariation among these events may be considered for energy system planning and/or operation.

Kyle Flanegin
Kyle Flanegin
University of Minnesota
Measuring Sustainability, Health & Well-being

In the SRN, Kyle works with different types of Input-Output and construction data to develop top-down and bottom-up material footprints for US cities. Kyle also contributes to several United Nations reports on resource efficiency that overlap with his research on the SRN.

Xavier Fonoll Almansa
Xavier Fonoll Almansa
University of Michigan
Water/Wastewater

Xavi is developing a bionic membrane bio-reactor in order to enhance the microbial activity of hydrolytic and acidogenic populations. The reactor design is based on the natural mechanisms occurring for the degradation of lignocellulosic components in rumen. This first step is crucial for the production of methane with high economical value.

Alec Foster
Alec Foster
University of Michigan
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

My research with the SRN focuses on green infrastructure in Detroit, specifically urban agriculture and informal pathways. The research takes a mixed methods approach, employing spatial analysis, physical observations, qualitative interviews, and neighborhood walking tours.

Grace Garbini
Grace E Garbini
University of Minnesota
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Broadly I am doing research on food security in cities. Currently, I am exploring local food purchasing policies/guidelines and city livability/sustainability indicators.

Varsha Gopalakrishnan
The Ohio State University
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Quantify the benefits of investing in green infrastructure techniques like community gardens and urban farms, and understand the ecosystem services synergies and trade-offs from different urban farms across multiple cities.

Matt Grimley
University of Minnesota
Energy

I'm researching community solar and how to increase access to the economic benefits from this new finance model.

Kate Gurke
Kate Gurke
University of Minnesota
Measuring Sustainability, Health & Well-being

I am assessing how well-being can act as a motivator for sustainable consumption by surveying Minneapolis Farmer's Markets using a Rapid Market Assessment approach. This design allows for a large sample population in a very short amount of time and has proved to be useful in assessing complex decisions of local food consumers.

Aaron Hanson
University of Minnesota
Energy

I am researching the status, economies of scale, and policy landscape of combined heat and power (CHP) in the US. The focus of which will be to look at the potential, the barriers and the policy solution themes.

Kelsey Kappler
University of Minnesota
Measuring Sustainability, Health & Well-being

I am currently working to create a comprehensive fine-scale intra-urban database of SEIU and EHW parameters. Then, using those parameters and spatial analysis, we will look for hotspots of disparities within cities to inform equity.

Scott Kilgore
Scott Kilgore
University of Minnesota
Transportation

I am researching the environmental and human wellness impacts of autonomous vehicles, focusing on interactions between autonomous vehicles, land use, and public transit.

Serena Kim
Florida State University
Energy

I am working on the business models and nonprofit involvements in the renewable energy projects, focusing on the local governance structure and the potential barriers to the policy adoption.

Xinyu Liu
The Ohio State University
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Working to understand the ecosystem services synergies and trade-offs from different forms of urban farming across multiple cities and understand the benefits of investing in green infrastructure techniques like community gardens and commercial urban farms.

Sara Meerow
Sara Meerow
University of Michigan
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Sara is developing Green Infrastructure Spatial Planning (GISP) model for identifying priority areas where the multiple social and environmental benefits of green infrastructure are needed most. She initially developed the stakeholder-driven GISP model for Detroit, but is also applying it to New York City.

Amy Motzny
Amy Motzny
Columbia University
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Amy holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and is a full-time Research Scientist. Her current research focuses on the development of quantifiable evaluation metrics for urban green infrastructure (GI) using the UN Ecosystem Services framework. She is interested in methods for improving spatial modeling tools for urban and regional GI planning, especially as they relate to the socio-cultural services that can be provided to communities.

JJ Oesterle
JJ Oesterle
University of Minnesota
Green Infrastructure and Urban Farming

Food Procurement and Purchasing Polices

Neil Quarles
Neil Quarles
University of Texas
Transportation

My work involves gauging user acceptance and willingness to adopt electric, autonomous, and shared vehicle technologies, including modeling fleet evolution and future transportation behavior.

Sukumar Santhanam
University of Minnesota
Energy

Operation and control of distribution systems with renewable energy integration.

Joe Servadio
University of Minnesota
Measuring Sustainability, Health & Well-being

Investigating scaling of health measures while identifying inequities in health outcomes and pollution exposure. Designing methods for creating data-driven scores for systemic health.

Shilva Shrestha
Shilva Shrestha
University of Michigan
Water/Wastewater

Working on lab-scale studies to develop an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective anaerobic technology to produce high value chemicals from urban organic waste streams

Jueyu Wang
University of Minnesota
Transportation

We are working to assess the social actor system as well as infrastructure design for bicycle-sharing systems. My major tasks include examining the interactions and impacts of five systems in the co-evolutionary framework (User practices, Ecosystem, Technology, Institution, and Business strategy) on bike share programs and to assess its potential of achieving the EHWL outcomes of SRN project.

Shengxi Yuan
Shengxi Yuan
Columbia University
Energy

My research is focused on the aggregation of heat pumps in residential buildings as a means of demand side management to allow deeper renewable energy penetration.