Recent Courses

  • Spring 2017

    Life Cycle Assessment for Civil Systems

    Life Cycle Assessment is a core course in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering as well as the School of Sustainability. The course covers cradle-to-grave systems thinking, analysis of energy systems (fuel combustion, electricity generation, and energy delivery), air quality and atmospheric chemistry, supply chain analysis, infrastructure interdependency analysis, ecological and human impact assessment, and economic valuation. I emphasize the importance of structuring analyses around attributional (i.e., technology- or process-focused) versus consequential (i.e., policy- or decision-focused) framings so that students appreciate how their results can be most effectively communicated to various stakeholders. I have offered this course annually since 2012. The Spring 2017 syllabus is available via Dropbox.

  • Spring 2017

    Urban Infrastructure Anatomy and Sustainable Development

    Urban Infrastructure Anatomy focuses on the major design principles of urban infrastructure systems (transportation, buildings, water, electricity, fuels, and waste), the relationships between urban design and behavior (including behavioral analysis), and the science for transitioning infrastructure to alternative configurations for sustainability and resilience goals. The course includes a module on climate change mitigation and adaptation and students now explore how components of infrastructure have been designed for historical weather events (e.g., 100-year storms) that are becoming more frequent and environmental conditions that are quickly changing (e.g., water flows to power generation facilities). During the semester the students complete (as a class) a course research project to redesign infrastructure. The students work with a local infrastructure manager to develop an assessment and set of transitional strategies. They work in teams to assess the current infrastructure system, design a solution, develop environmental and economic assessments of the solution, and develop strategies for overcoming institutional barriers that may prevent the solution from being implemented. The Spring 2017 syllabus is available via Dropbox.

    I have offered this course annually since 2012. Detailed information about each course project including the final report, presentation, and resulting publications are provided:
    Climate Change Flood Risk Adaptation Strategies for Transportation Infrastructure (Spring 2016)
    Transit-oriented Development Infrastructure Design for Heat Mitigation (Spring 2015)
    Water, Energy and Infrastructure Co-benefits of Smart Growth Planning (Spring 2014)
    Arizona's Water Metabolism and Water-Energy Nexus (Fall 2012)

  • Fall 2016

    Transportation Systems Planning

    Transportation Systems Planning focuses on economic theory, travel demand modeling, and behavioral analysis. The course covers core concepts such as the operation, management, control, design, and evaluation of passenger and freight transportation systems, demand analysis, network analysis, and design of control strategies. In addition to this core material, students are introduced to a cross-threading of new concepts focused on infrastructure design, sustainability, and resilience. They are exposed to more in-depth infrastructure planning principles including historical drivers of roadway deployment, the impact of parking requirements, interdependencies (vehicle manufacturing, supply chains, energy production, etc.), and design for sustainability and climate. I have offered this course annually since 2013. The Fall 2016 syllabus is available via Dropbox.

Past Courses

  • 2013 2013

    Sustainable Engineering Technical Writing

    Research-focused students peer-review each other's work, develop a publication over the semester, and learn about the peer-review process. I offered this course in Fall 2013 at Arizona State University.

  • 2012 2012

    Sustainable Engineering Journal Review

    Introduction to peer-reviewed journal publication writing styles and presentation of results. I offered this course in Fall 2012 at Arizona State University

  • 2012 2012

    Industrial Ecology and Design for Sustainability

    Arizona State University. Introduced students to the conceptual, ethical and practical challenges arising from the design, manufacture, and life cycle performance of engineered products and the services they enable. Students will become familiar with key methodological perspectives for systems analysis such as material flows analysis, ecological footprinting, and urban metabolism. Other topics covered include defining sustainability, evolution of technology, life cycle assessment, social dimensions of Industrial Ecology, and the link between biological systems and Industrial Ecology. I offered this course in Spring 2012 at Arizona State University.

  • 2010 2009

    Energy Use and Climate Change

    University of California Extension. Explored current energy practices and renewable practices within the context of climate change. The energy infrastructure from fossil fuel consumption and combustion to electricity generation was reviewed. The challenges of nuclear energy from facility cost overruns to public perception to advanced technologies was presented. Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass were introduced with their potential to satisfy current demand as well as their technological barriers. Fuel cell technology and hydrogen as a feedstock was also discussed as well as energy efficiency and economics. The effects of these topics on climate change was a continuing theme throughout the course.

  • 2010 2009

    Transportation Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment

    University of California Extension. Covered the history of US transportation passenger and freight behavior. Discussed current energy and environmental trends and national and urban scale effects. Introduced students to alternative vehicle and fuel technologies.