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Sustainability Research & Training Program Directory

 

Sustainability Research and Training Program

SRTP Funded Research

PI’s: Suad Joseph, Bryan Jenkins

Funded by Diamond Developers, of Dubai

 

PARTICIPANT BIOS AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Organized by Research Title

 

Developing an Integrated Approach for Assessment and Utilization of Biomass

Pramod Pandey, Ph. D

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Food Science and technology

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Pathogenic bacteria transport at watershed-scale, in-stream and overland bacteria transport, watershed modeling, anaerobic digestion, renewable energy, water resources management, and rainwater harvesting.

 

Salma Talhouk, Ph. D

Associate Professor of Horticulture

Department of Plant Sciences

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interest: Conservation of the native Lebanese flora.

 

Ali Chalak, Ph. D

Associate Professor

Applied Economics

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interests: Agricultural and food economics, consumer and customer research, transport economics, health policy, applied choice analysis.

 

Rashed Al-Sa’ed, Ph. D

Professor

Director of the Institute of Environmental and Water Studies

Birzeit University

 

Makram Suidan, Ph. D

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering

American University of Beirut (AUB)

 

Shadi Hamadeh, Ph. D

Professor

Agriculture

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interests: Optimization strategies for small ruminant production in semi-arid areas; Sustainable farming systems, rural livelihoods and food security in semi-arid areas; Livestock-environment interactions with emphasis on water and heat stress; Urban agriculture.

 

Developing Co-Products From Anaerobic Digestion

Christopher Simmons, Ph. D

Associate Professor

Food Science and Technology

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Improving energy and water use efficiency in food processing by reclaiming energy from waste biomass streams and developing strategies for waste-water treatment and recycling.

 

Jean Vandergheynst, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Problems that involve the transformation, decomposition and conversion of plant biomass to products.

 

Ramin Yazdani, Ph. D

Associate Professional Researcher, Air Quality Research Center

Director of Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Yigal Achmon, Ph. D

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Food sustainability; Food waste; Biosolarization.

 

Mutasem El-Fadel, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

American University of Beirut (AUB)

 

Enabling Hybrid Solar Technologies in Sustainable Communities

Pieter Stroeve, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering

University of California, Davis

Research Interests: Colloid and surface science, self-assembled monolayers, supramolecular structures on surfaces, supported lipid bilayers, transport in colloids and tissues, nanotechnology, bio-nanotechnology, renewable energy, solar energy, nuclear energy, thermoelectrics, biomass transformation to fuels and membrane separations.

 

Tobias Barr

Project Director, California Department of General Services

Special Projects Manager, UC Davis Transportation and Energy Research

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Masoud Rahman, Ph. D

Sr. Global Program Manager, Farasis Energy Inc.

Associate Director, Center for Energy Storage and Microgrid UC Davis

Lab Manager and Senior Research Scientist, Green Technology Lab

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Sara Outcault, Ph. D

Market Transformation Research Director

UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute

Western Cooling Efficiency Center

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Steven Wiryadinata, Ph. D

Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Nesreen Ghaddar, Ph. D

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Qatar Chair of Energy Studies

Director of the Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Energy studies, Heat and Moisture transfer models of clothed humans; Bioheat Modeling, Energy Efficiency of HVAC and dehumidification systems.

 

Kamel Ghali, Ph.D

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

American University of Beirut (AUB)

 

Sequential Energy and Compost Production from Organic Residues

Jean Vandergheynst, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Problems that involve the transformation, decomposition and conversion of plant biomass to products.

 

Christopher Simmons, Ph. D

Associate Professor

Food Science and Technology

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Improving energy and water use efficiency in food processing by reclaiming energy from waste biomass streams and developing strategies for waste water treatment and recycling.

 

Ramin Yazdani, Ph. D

Associate Professional Researcher, Air Quality Research Center

Director of Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Alissa Kendall, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chair, Energy Graduate Group

Institute of Transportation Studies

Agricultural Sustainability Institute

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: life cycle assessment and other structured environmental assessment methods, and the development of new methods for carbon accounting.

 

Mutasem El-Fadel, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

American University of Beirut (AUB)

 

Sara Pace, Ph. D

Postdoctoral Scholar

Food Science & Technology

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Food waste recycling; Anaerobic digestion; Industrial ecology.

 

Demonstration of a Novel Technology for the Sustainable Water Use

Bassam Younes, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California, Davis

Research Interests: Computational and experimental hydraulics, computational river mechanics, turbulence modeling, hydrodynamic loading on offshore structures, water disinfection with UV light, viscoelastic fluids in turbulent flows, scalar transport in complex shear flows, vortex shedding.

 

Promoting a Culture of Sustainability at The Sustainable City

Alan Meier, Ph. D

Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Faculty Researcher, UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Understanding how people and equipment use energy and opportunities to reduce consumption.

 

Richard Tutweiler, Ph. D

Professor of Practice

Director of the Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)

Department of History

American University of Cairo (AUC)

 

Martina Jaskolski, Ph. D

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development

Associate Director of Research, Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)

American University of Cairo (AUC)

 

Nermin Dessouky

Graduate Student Researcher

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Urban planning, Architecture, Sustainable urban development and the Social

and environmental impacts of the built environment.

 

Chelsea Estevez

Foreign Service Consular Adjudicator at U.S. Department of State

Research Associate, Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment, AUC

 

Greener Cities are Cooler Cities: Using vegetative green infrastructure to mitigate urban micro-climates in desert urban landscapes

Yaser Abunnasr, Ph. D

Associate Professor

Chairperson of the Department of Landscape Design & Ecosystem Management (LDEM)

BLA Program Coordinator

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

American University of Beirut (AUB)

 

Stephen Wheeler, Ph. D
Professor, Landscape Architecture Program

Department of Human Ecology

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Climate change planning for mitigation and adaptation, evolution of built landscapes in metropolitan regions, theory and practice of sustainable development.

 

Aram Yeretzian, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Architecture and Design

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interests: The dynamic energy profile in cities, outdoor thermal comfort; The association between anthropogenic heat, air pollution and the urban fabric; Optimization of building shape; The performance of the building envelope.

 

Hadi Jaafar, Ph. D

Assistant Professor

Agriculture

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interests: Remote sensing of vegetation; Crop yield modeling; Smart irrigation;

Stochastic Hydrology; Conflicts, Agriculture, Water and Food Security.

 

Salma Talhouk, Ph. D

Associate Professor of Horticulture

Department of Plant Sciences

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interest: Conservation of the native Lebanese flora.

 

Traveler’s Response to Innovative Technology

 Giovanni Circella, Ph. D

Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program

Senior Research Engineer, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Travel behavior, travel demand modeling, travel survey methods, emerging transportation services, shared mobility, autonomous vehicles and policy analysis.

 

Susan Handy, Ph. D

Professor

Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Director, National Center for Sustainable Transportation

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of land use on travel behavior, and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence.

 

Patricia Mokhtarian, Ph. D

Professor Emerita, Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Impact of telecommunications technology on travel behavior; Land use and transportation interactions; Attitudes toward travel; Congestion-response behavior; Travel time budgets; Transportation/air quality impacts of transportation demand management measures.

 

Maya Abou Zeid, Ph. D

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Dean in the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Research Interests: Travel behavior modeling and forecasting, urban transportation planning, and driving behavior and road safety.

 

Social and Technical Study on Electrical Energy Storage and Energy Management System for Green Homes and EVs

Jae Wan Park, Ph. D

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of California, Davis (UCD)

Research Interests: Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and battery: In-situ diagnosis using neutron radiography for PEM fuel cell and battery, design and optimization, water management for PEM fuel cell.

 

Sarah Outcault, Ph. D

Market Transformation Research Director

UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute

Western Cooling Efficiency Center

University of California, Davis (UCD)

 

Heba Nassar, Ph. D

Professor of Economics

American University of Cairo (AUC)

Research Interests: Labor markets, International Economics, Macroeconomics.

 

 

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