Hello and welcome to my webpage. I am a joint doctoral candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in the departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. My Master's degree is also from Carnegie Mellon, but I earned my Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts--Amherst. Both of those degrees are also in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
I am currently doing research on sustainable transportation policies at both the industry and personal level. At the industry level I model the direct and indirect impacts of reasonably shifting freight transportation away from truck to rail and water as a means to reduce energy consumption, emissions, and costs, while taking into consideration potential restrictions on mode choices, such as time restricting the transportation of perishable or expensive goods. Analyzing the results will better inform policy makers where to allocate resources for the biggest bang for your buck to reduce energy and emissions in freight transportation. At the personal level I have acquired actual data on food purchases at the individual item transaction level, similar to information individuals receive on a receipt from the grocery store. The amount of money spent at the grocery store is valuable in assessing the supply chain impacts using EIO-LCA and validating past assumptions commonly made in life cycle assessments.
After I graduate I hope to pursue a career in policy research of an interdisciplinary nature. I would like to continue to focus on analyzing and critiquing current and future policies that encourage sustainable decision-making and believe communication is an important part of effective policies. Bridging the communication gap between technology, policies, and decision-makers is where I wish to make a career.