Faculty Directory
Eric Masanet

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L494
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-2806Email Eric Masanet

Departments

Mechanical Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research Interests

Prospective energy systems modeling, sustainable manufacturing, life cycle assesment

Eric Masanet leads the Energy and Resource Systems Analysis Laboratory (ERSAL), which develops mathematical models and decision support tools to quantify opportunities for reducing energy and resource use in industrial technology systems. Such models and tools can be used by manufacturers and policy makers to identify technological, behavioral, and policy pathways toward more sustainable products and processes.


Significant Recognition

  • One of 13 "Top Papers of 2011," Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T)
  • Contributing author, IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, 2012
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2008
  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Electronics & the Environment, 2003
  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Electronics & the Environment, 2002
  • University of California Toxic Substances Research & Training Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • UC Berkeley Teaching Effectiveness Award for Graduate Student Instructors, 2001
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 1994

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 2009 – Present
  • United States Technical Advisory Group, ISO 50001 International Management System Standard for Energy, 2008 – 2011
  • Co-Chair, Conference Program, 2011 Biennial International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference, Berkeley, California, May 2011
  • Co-Chair, Conference Program, IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, 2008 – 2010

Selected Publications

  • Roger Sathre, Hanna Breunig, Jeffery Greenblatt, Peter Larsen, Eric Masanet, Thomas McKone, Nigel Quinn, Corinne Scown, “Spatially-explicit water balance implications of carbon capture and sequestration”, Environmental Modelling and Software, (2016)
  • Yuan Yao, Diane J. Graziano, Matthew Riddle, Joe Cresko, Eric Masanet, “Prospective Energy Analysis of Emerging Technology Options for the United States Ethylene Industry”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, (2016)
  • , “Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 - Towards Sustainable Urban Energy Systems”, OECD/IEA, (2016)
  • William R. Morrow, John Marano, Ali Hasanbeigi, Eric Masanet, Jayant Sathaye, “Efficiency improvement and CO2 emission reduction potentials in the United States petroleum refining industry”, Energy, (2015)
  • Joshua A. Warren, Matthew E. Riddle, Diane J. Graziano, Sujit Das, Venkata K K Upadhyayula, Eric Masanet, Joe Cresko, “Energy Impacts of Wide Band Gap Semiconductors in U.S. Light-Duty Electric Vehicle Fleet”, Environmental Science and Technology, (2015)
  • Yuan Yao, Diane J. Graziano, Matthew Riddle, Joe Cresko, Eric Masanet, “Understanding Variability to Reduce the Energy and GHG Footprints of U.S. Ethylene Production”, Environmental Science and Technology, (2015)
  • Remy Briam, Michael E. Walker, Eric Masanet, “A comparison of product-based energy intensity metrics for cheese and whey processing”, Journal of Food Engineering, (2015)
  • Masanet, Eric; Chang, Yuan; Huang, Runze; Ries, Robert J., “Life-cycle comparison of greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption for coal and shale gas fired power generation in China”, Energy, (2015)

In the Classroom

Professor Masanet teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on sustainability challenges and solutions, quantitative methods for life-cycle analysis, and energy and resource efficient manufacturing systems.