A core challenge at the food-energy-water nexus is to produce energy from sources that do not compete with arable land for food, or tax our over-burdened water supply. The health of our climate hinges on our ability to transform vast quantities of carbonaceous wastes that would otherwise decompose into greenhouse gases into useful byproducts.
“Wouldn't it be amazing to run your car off of garbage and to clean water with farm waste? Using my skills as a Chemical-Environmental Engineer, my team investigates biomass to renewable energy conversions and develops sustainable materials to mitigate energy's environmental impact.”
Professor Hess is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the BEE field.
Research Interests: Atmospheric chemistry and the effect of climate change on atmospheric chemistry, climate change, land use and atmospheric chemistry, interactions between atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry.
Brian G Rahm is currently the Director of the New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI).
WRI works to improve the management of water resources in New York State and the nation by building and maintaining a broad, active network of researchers, educators, policy makers, and water resource managers.
Insect’s well-adapted interactions with abiotic and biotic surroundings offer inspiration for innovative engineering designs and concepts. One of the primary abiotic components in nature is fluids. In air, water, or in between, insect’s small sizes contend with multiple fluid forces. Through morphological and behavioral adaptations, insects have found numerous ways of foraging, evading, communicating, and feeding in dynamic fluid environments. My main research interest is to study these adaptations and apply the findings to different engineering disciplines, such as agricultural, biomedical, and aeronautical engineering.
Research interests: Fluid Mechanics, Entomology, Comparative Biomechanics, Bio-inspired Engineering, in vivo Engineering
My research focuses on how decision-making for social and economic systems adapting to changing climate risk. This work involves uncertainty quantification and modeling decision-making under uncertainty. I also use integrated assessment models to quantify future climate risks and trade-offs associated with sustainable development.