Rebecca Saari, PhD
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Waterloo
I am currently an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
I build tools to examine and inform sustainable solutions to environmental issues like clean air and climate change. I develop integrated assessment models to assess the impacts of sustainable infrasctrure, including energy, buildings, and transportation. These models represent atmospheric processes, environmental policies, and economic impacts. My research group and I use them to explore the effect of sustainable infrastructure and climate change policy on multipollutant health and economic impacts.
I have had the privilege of working with a lot of great people. Currently, this includes my students and colleagues here at U. Waterloo. Previously, I was a member of Noelle Selin’s research group in Engineering Systems. I was also a researcher affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, and with Atmospheric Chemistry. I was co-President of the Engineering Systems Student Society, a MITEI Energy Fellow, and a Martin Sustainability Fellow.
Before coming to MIT, I was a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and British Columbia. I worked at Environment Canada as an Air Issues Scientist, and at AECOM as an air quality engineer. I received my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Toronto, where I worked in the Combustion Research Laboratory and the Toronto Atmospheric Observatory.