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Sarah Burch

Executive Director, Waterloo Climate Institute; Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Canada Research Chair (On Leave)

Sarah Burch is an expert in transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, and the unique contributions that small businesses can make to this solving this complex challenge.

Angela Carter

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow

Angela Carter's research highlights the ecological and political-economic risks of fossil fuel dependence while advancing new policy measures to wind down fossil fuel extraction and production. Working alongside a community of scholars and policy advocates, she aims to reimagine Canadian and international climate policy.

Amelia Clarke

Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; Associate Dean, Research

Amelia Clarke studies deep decarbonization in cities, sustainability strategies, corporate social and environment​al responsibility, collaborative strategic management, cross-sector partnerships, and youth impact.

Neil Craik

Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Neil Craik studies the role of procedural obligations in governance structures addressing transboundary and global commons environmental issues, the intersection of international and domestic environmental policy, climate and geoengineering governance and environmental impact assessment.

Eric Croiset

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Eric Croiset's research interests include reaction engineering, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), syngas/hydrogen production, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), process simulation, reactions in supercritical water, green reaction engineering, large scale optimization of energy systems, and CO2 capture from large point sources.

Tonya DelSontro

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tonya DelSontro’s research focus is to advance our understanding of how human activities and climate change alter aquatic carbon cycles and greenhouse gas budgets. She integrates field-based system analyses and experimental laboratory work to define and predict anthropogenic impacts on freshwater systems’ greenhouse dynamics from local and regional to global scales.

Amr ElAlfy

Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development

Amr ElAlfy studies deep decarbonization strategies and sustainability transitions for corporations and municipalities. He also works on Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) frameworks by utilizing various modelling and observation techniques to better understand climate patterns and their impacts on the environment and society.

Ali Elkamel

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Ali Elkamel looks at process systems engineering, computer-aided product formulation and design, systems biology, carbon management, energy and environmental systems, optimization of oil, gas, petroleum refining and petrochemical operations, process modeling, and simulation and optimization of complex systems.

Christian Euler

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Christian's research focuses on metabolic engineering, systems biology, industrial bioengineering, and the circular economy. He joined the University of Waterloo from the start-up world, where he developed novel microbial pathways to vaporize waste products such as CO2, its reduced derivatives, and plastics, including the world's first bio-based glycolic acid produced from a waste stream.

Mathieu Feagan

Assistant Professor, School of Knowledge Integration

Mathieu Feagan is a critical interdisciplinary scholar using the framework of ecological consciousness as different ways of knowing to build capacity for social-ecological-technological transformation. Matt works across scholar-activist-practitioner communities, connecting local action to global environmental change to support just and sustainable transitions. 

Roberto Guglielmi

Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics

Roberto Guglielmi's research addresses problems in control and optimization of large-scale dynamics, described by ordinary or partial differential systems of evolution, with applications to the optimization of utility distribution over networks, heat transfer phenomena in the presence of crack and fractures, control of epidemics, reinforcement learning methods.

Laura Hug

Assistant Professor, Biology; Canada Research Chair

Laura Hug seeks to define microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites using culture-based and culture-independent methods, generating a blueprint of which species are there and which pathways are active. Her research expands our understanding of the tree of life, while simultaneously developing solutions to address the impacts of human activities on the environment.

Joyce Kim

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Joyce Kim is primarily interested in studying human-building interactions and the role of technologies to augment occupant performance and building energy efficiency. Her research leverages IoT and data-driven analytics to predict human comfort and behaviour, personalize occupant experience in the built environment and enable intelligent building design and operation. Her research interests also include smart grid technologies and utility cost optimizations.

Hyung-Sool Lee

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hyung-Sool Lee's areas of research include production of bio-energy (electricity, H2, and CH4) and bio-chemicals from biomass including microbial electrochemical cells, wastewater treatment including nutrient recovery from organic waste and wastewater, thermodynamic/kinetic analyses of microbial metabolisms in engineered and natural systems, anaerobic membrane bioreactors including integration of anaerobic digestion with membrane separation, and anaerobic oxidation of methane, especially as part of the global carbon cycle.

Juan Moreno-Cruz

Associate Director, Waterloo Climate Institute; Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; Canada Research Chair

Juan Moreno-Cruz's research interests include energy systems, technological change, climate policy, solar and carbon geoengineering technologies, and energy transitions.

Alain-Désiré Nimubona

Associate Professor, Economics

Alain-Désiré Nimubona analyzes the equilibrium relationships between polluters and their abatement equipment suppliers, which constitutes the environmental industry or eco-industry. Using economic modelling, he studies the interplay between environmental and trade policies related to the eco-industry, as well as the market structure of this industry. More recently, his research interests have widened to include issues related to the adoption of abatement technologies under uncertainty and the use of green infrastructures as a solution to sustainable development. 

Rebecca Saari

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rebecca Saari's research interests include air pollution, greenhouse gases, and trade; air quality impacts and benefits under energy and climate policy; health impacts of air pollution under future climate; environmental inequality; pollution and policy impacts by income group; and integrated economic, health impact, and air quality modeling.

Steffanie Scott

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Steffanie Scott studies agro-food systems sustainability (organic and ecological food production and alternative food networks; urban food systems/urban food security and producer-consumer connections; sustainable diets; small producer participation in food supply chains; local food systems /local food economies; property rights, land policy, and inequalities; rural development, livelihoods, governance, and agrarian transition; campus food systems), environment-development interfaces, sustainable communities, and sustainability transitions.

David Simakov

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

David Simakov's research interests include biochemical and biomedical engineering, emerging catalytic materials for CO2 activation, nano-structure catalysts for thermo-catalytic conversion of CO2, reactor design for CO2 conversion into renewable natural gas and methanol, system design for production of renewable synthetic fuels from biogas, emerging catalytic nano-materials, heterogeneous catalysis, Green Reaction Engineering, reactor design, and renewable synthetic fuels.

Simron Singh

Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; University Research Chair

Simron Singh conducts socio-metabolic research on small islands. As an industrial ecologist, he tracks material and energy flows through island systems: what and how much resources are locally produced, imported, transformed, used, stocked and discarded. His research aims to inform science and policy on ways small islands can achieve resource and energy security, meet social and economic goals while building resilient infrastructure to endure climate change.

Chao Tan

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Chao Tan areas of research are green energy, bioenergy, air pollution control, air cleaning, indoor air quality, sustainable buildings, aerosol, nanosafety, alternative fuels, energy harvesting/bio-energy, power systems, nanotechnology, renewable energy, nano-instrumentation, value-added recovery, hydrothermal conversion, hydrogen production, biomass and waste management, nanoaerosol filtration, nanoaerosol measurement, nanoaerosol generation and characterization, post-combustion air cleaning, acidic gas absorption, diesel engine emission abatement, mass, transfer between gas-liquid system, and chemical reaction kinetics.

Tony Wirjanto

Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science and School of Accounting and Finance.

Tony Wirjanto's research focuses on the intersection between statistics and econometrics. This includes financial time series with a focus on volatility modeling/forecasting and financial risk management and financial mathematics with a focus on portfolio optimization in a high-dimensional setting and on global climate change risks.

Yimin Wu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Yimin Wu's research looks at advanced manufacturing, materials interfaces, energy materials, solar fuels, batteries, in situ multimodal characterizations, artificial intelligence, connectivity and internet of things, electronic and photonic materials, responsive materials, sensing, healthcarel, and nanotechnology.