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College of Natural Resources

Think and Do The Extraordinary Support the College
Think and Do The Extraordinary Support the College

Yuan Yao

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science and Engineering

Department of Forest Biomaterials

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 1022H


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, 2016
B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, Northeastern University, China, 2011
Management for Scientists and Engineers, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL, USA, 2015

Dr. Yao’s research is motivated by the increasing need of sustainable engineering that can support industrial development without compromising the environment or depleting the resources for future generations. She uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, operations research, and big data analytics to develop systematic and scientific rigorous methodologies to support engineering and policy decisions towards sustainable development of industries. She collaborates with U.S. national labs, energy consulting firms, and universities to develop quantitative analysis for accelerating RD&D in renewable energy technologies, manufacturing processes, and sustainable bioeconomy. Dr. Yao received National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2019.


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