Graduate Students visit influential energy stakeholders

Summer 2019 was an exciting time for our group. Graduate student, Udayan Singh, visited the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) in College Park, MD. He received training in the Global Change Assessment Models (GCAM) and worked with Dr. Gokul Iyer there to define narratives for resilient energy sector scenarios. Jasmin Melara interned at the Department of Energy Headquarters to work on better handling of solid waste. These visits are expected to help broaden perspectives of our group and create new partnerships in the energy space.

Jasmin attends IEAGHG CCS summer school

Our lab’s Graduate student Jasmin Melara attended the 13th IEAGHG Summer School on carbon capture and storage, organized at Regina, Canada during July 7-12, 2019. She was selected as part of a competitive application process and interacted with key experts on low-carbon energy systems. Jasmin also presented a poster titled, “A Spatially explicit environmental life-cycle assessment of  aquatic bioenergy with carbon capture and storage” which was well-received by fellow participants.

Udayan participates in Elsevier’s ERSS-2019 conference

Our student Udayan Singh participated in the 2nd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science, organized by Elsevier at the Arizona State University during May 28-31, 2019. He presented his work on reframing environmental life-cycle assessments with feedback of social perspectives. He was also invited to chair a session on Energy Futures and Transitions. Udayan’s visit was generously supported by a competitive support grant awarded by the conference organizing committee and made possible by the support of the Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network and the Sloan Foundation.

New ERI grant on studying energy sector resilience funded

UVA’s Environmental Resilience Institute has awarded us a seed grant for Assessing Cost-effectiveness of Resilient Energy Systems (ACRES) within the United States. This will allow us to renew our collaboration with Prof. Mark White, and also build new partnerships with Prof. Bill Epling (ChE Chair) and Drs. Sha Yu and Gokul Iyer, scientists of a highly influential integrated assessment modeling group at JGCRI. The project builds on the modeling work of PhD Student Udayan Singh. Stay tuned for updates!

Jasmin presents at the CCUS Gordon Conference

Jasmin Melara presented a poster entitled “Can oceanic bioenergy crops deliver sustainable carbon mitigation? Insights from a spatially explicit environmental life-cycle assessment” in the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage. This event was held at Les Diablerets, Switzerland during May 5-10, 2019 and Jasmin received financial support from the organizers for attending and presenting at this event. Congratulations!

Prof. Colosi-Peterson wins CEE Teaching Award

Prof. Colosi-Peterson has been awarded the 2019 Civil Engineering Teaching Award “in recognition of outstanding teaching accomplishments and dedicated commitment to students”. This is the second time she has received this award after 2010 and marks the end to an extraordinarily productive semester for this group under her dynamic leadership.