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Leadership

Anantha Chandrakasan

Chair

Dean, MIT School of Engineering; Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Jeremy Gregory

Executive Director

Elsa Olivetti

Co-Director

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Jeffrey Grossman

Co-Director

Department Head, Materials Science and Engineering; Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems

Staff

Elise Chambers

Program Manager

Molly Chase

Communications Officer

Danuta Forbes

Administrative Assistant

Industry Advisory Board Members

Magali Anderson

Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Holcim

Jim Andrew

Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo, Inc.

Dr. Solomon Assefa

Vice President at IBM Research

Sarah Chandler

Senior Director of Environment and Supply Chain Innovation, Apple

Greg Downing

Director of Sustainability, Cargill

Nollaig Forrest

Global Head of Communications, Holcim

Robyn Glaser

Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, RWCB, a Kraft Group Company

James Gowen

Sr. Vice President, Global Supply Chain & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Tony Hobson

Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Kraft Operations, RWCB, a Kraft Group Company

Jan-Willem Jannink

Global Responsible Value Chain Lead, Accenture

Johanna Jobin

Global Head, Corporate Reputation & Responsibility
Executive Director of the Biogen Foundation

Alisha Johnson

Director, Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives/Racial Equity & Justice Initiative, Apple

David Koch

Chief Risk, Organization and Innovation Officer, HOCHTIEF
CEO, Nexplore

Peter Lacy

Chief Responsibility Officer and Global Sustainability Services Lead, Accenture

Abel Leites

Vice President, Verizon Global Supply Chain, Verizon

Javier Losada

Chief Sustainability Officer, Inditex

A.N. Sreeram

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Dow

Dr. Akshay Rajhans

Principal Research Scientist, Founding Member, Advanced Research & Technology Office, MathWorks

Chris Raymond

Chief Sustainability Officer, Boeing

Katie Rowen

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer, Vontier

Javier Rodríguez Soler

Global Head of Sustainability, BBVA

Nate Streed

Senior Global Director of Sustainability & ESG, Vontier

Susan Uthayakumar

Chief Sustainability and Energy Officer, Prologis, Inc.

Luis Coloma Yepes

Head of Infrastructure and Sustainability, Inditex

Brian Yutko, Ph.D.

Chief Engineer, Sustainability & Future Mobility, Boeing

Faculty Steering Committee

The MCSC Faculty Steering Committee (FSC) is a group of interdisciplinary MIT faculty working together to help shape the MCSC’s vision and work, while also helping the MCSC remain deeply connected to MIT’s broader faculty community. The committee’s diverse perspectives, paired with each faculty member’s expertise and passion for climate and sustainability, are what make it so unique and valuable.

Steven Barrett

Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics; MIT School of Engineering

Megan A. Black

Associate Professor of History; MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Stephanie Jegelka

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; MIT School of Engineering

Jeremiah Johnson

Professor, Chemistry; MIT School of Science

David Hsu

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning; MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Heather J. Kulik

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering; MIT School of Engineering

Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Associate Professor, Science, Technology, and Society; MIT School of Humanities and Social Sciences

David McGee

Associate Professor, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; MIT School of Science

David Perreault

Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor in Electrical Engineering; MIT School of Engineering

Desiree Plata

Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Professor in Civil Engineering Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; MIT School of Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Engineering of a microbial consortium to degrade and valorize plastic waste

Roberto Rigobon

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor Professor, Applied Economics; MIT Sloan School of Management

Maria Yang

Associate Dean, MIT School of Engineering Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor Professor, Mechanical Engineering MacVicar Faculty Fellow; MIT School of Engineering

Siqi Zheng

Samuel Tak Lee Champion Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability; MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: The costs and benefits of circularity in building construction

Yanchong (Karen) Zheng

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Associate Professor, Operations Management; MIT Sloan School of Management

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Carbon sequestration through sustainable practices by smallholder farmers

Affiliated Faculty & Researchers

These interdisciplinary MIT faculty and researchers are currently working with the MCSC through the consortium’s 2022 Seed Awards program and directed studies funding.

Antoine Allanore

Associate Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Colorimetric sulfidation for aluminum recycling

Florian Allroggen

Research Scientist

Marcela Angel

Supporting Researcher

Research Program Director at MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

Carolina Bastidas

Supporting Researcher; Research Scientist in the Sea Grant College Program

Manduhai Buyandelger

Professor in the Anthropology Section

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Anthro-engineering decarbonization at the million-person scale

Wai K. Cheng

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Powertrain and system design for LOHC-powered long-haul trucking

Otto Cordero

Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Engineering of a microbial consortium to degrade and valorize plastic waste

Mert Demirer

Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Emissions reductions and productivity in U.S. manufacturing

John Fernández

Professor of Building Technology in the Department of Architecture and director of MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: ECO-LENS: Mainstreaming biodiversity data through AI

Ariel Furst

The Raymond A. (1921) And Helen E. St. Laurent Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Coatings to protect and enhance diverse microbes for improved soil health and crop yields

Mary Gehring

Associate Professor of Biology; Core Member, Whitehead Institute; Graduate Officer

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Coatings to protect and enhance diverse microbes for improved soil health and crop yields

Emre Gençer

Research Scientist

William Green

The Hoyt Hottel Professor in Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Postdoctoral Officer

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Powertrain and system design for LOHC-powered long-haul trucking

Nicolas Hadjiconstantinou

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director of the Center for Computational Science and Engineering, Associate Director of the Center for Exascale Simulation of Materials in Extreme Environments, and Graduate Officer

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Sustainable separations and purification of biochemicals and biofuels using membranes

Charles Harvey

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Growing season length, productivity, and carbon balance of global ecosystems under climate change

Chris Hill

Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: CP4All: Fast and local climate projections with scientific machine learning

Michael Howland

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Toolkit for assessing the vulnerability of industry infrastructure siting to climate change

Alexandre Jacquillat

The 1942 Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Statistics in the MIT Sloan School of Management

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Logistics electrification through scalable and interoperable chargin infrastructure: operations, planning, and policy

Milena Janjevic

Supporting Researcher

Research Scientist in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and Lead Researcher for the MIT CTL Supply Chain Design Initiative

Randolph Kirchain

Principal Research Scientist and Co-Director of MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: The costs and benefits of circularity in building construction

Janelle Knox-Hayes

Associate Professor and Director of the Resilient Communities Lab, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Sustainable solutions for climate change adaptation: weaving traditional ecological knowledge and STEAM

Jing Li

Assistant Professor and William Barton Rogers Career Development Chair of Energy Economics in the MIT Sloan School of Management

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Emissions reductions and productivity in U.S. manufacturing

John Lienhard

The Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab, and Director of the Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Sustainable separations and purification of biochemicals and biofuels using membranes

Miho Mazereeuw

Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism in the Department of Architecture; Director of the Urban Risk Lab; Research Lead on Climate Grand Challenges flagship project

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Collaborative community mapping toolkit for resilience planning; Sustainable solutions for climate change adaptation: weaving traditional ecological knowledge and STEAM

Nicholas de Monchaux

Professor and Department Head in the Department of Architecture

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Collaborative community mapping toolkit for resilience planning

Dava Newman

Director of the MIT Media Lab and the Apollo Program Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: CP4All: Fast and local climate projections with scientific machine learning

Brad Olsen

The Alexander and I. Michael Kasser (1960) Professor and Graduate Admissions Co-Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Double loop circularity in materials design demonstrated on polyurethanes; High throughput screening of sustainable polyesters for fibers

Desiree Plata

Gilbert W. Winslow Career Development Professor in Civil Engineering Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; MIT School of Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Engineering of a microbial consortium to degrade and valorize plastic waste

Kristala Prather

The Arthur Dehon Little Professor and Department Executive Officer in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Double loop circularity in materials design demonstrated on polyurethanes

Gregory Rutledge

The Lammot du Pont Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: High throughput screening of sustainable polyesters for fibers

Yossi Sheffi

The Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Short-term and long-term efficiency gains in reverse supply chains

Michael Short

The Class of ’42 Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Anthro-engineering decarbonization at the million-person scale

César Terrer

Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Growing season length, productivity, and carbon balance of global ecosystems under climate change

Matthias Winkenbach

Supporting Researcher

Research Scientist in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, Director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab, and Director of MIT CAVE Lab

Kripa Varanasi

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Fruit-peel-inspired, biodegradable packaging platform with multifunctional barrier properties

Mark Veillette

Supporting Researcher on the Senior Technical Staff in the MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Joann de Zegher

The Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the MIT Sloan School of Management

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Carbon sequestration through sustainable practices by smallholder farmers

Siqi Zheng

Samuel Tak Lee Champion Professor of Urban and Real Estate Sustainability; MIT School of Architecture and Planning

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: The costs and benefits of circularity in building construction

Yanchong (Karen) Zheng

George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Associate Professor, Operations Management; MIT Sloan School of Management

Leading MCSC Seed Awards Project: Carbon sequestration through sustainable practices by smallholder farmers

Impact Fellows

Evan Coleman

MCSC Impact Fellow

Laura Frye-Levine

MCSC Impact Fellow

Paloma Gonzalez-Rojas

MCSC Impact Fellow

Glen Junor

MCSC Impact Fellow

Poushali Maji

MCSC Impact Fellow

Sydney Sroka

MCSC Impact Fellow

Postdocs and Research Assistants

These postdoctoral researchers and research assistants are currently working with the MCSC through the consortium’s 2022 Seed Awards program and directed studies funding.

Norhan Bayomi

Supporting Researcher

Post-Doctoral Associate, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

Sayandeep Biswas

Supporting Student Researcher

Lauren Bonilla

Supporting Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellow and Social Geographer, MIT Anthropology

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao

Postdoctoral Researcher

Katrin Daehn

Postdoctoral Researcher

Björn Lütjens

Supporting Researcher, Ph.D. Candidate

Kariana Moreno

Supporting Student Researcher

Leela Velautham

Postdoctoral Researcher

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