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College of Natural Resources

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Yuan Yao

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science and Engineering

Department of Forest Biomaterials

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 1022H


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, and operations research to develop systematic and scientific rigorous methodologies to support engineering and policy decisions towards a more sustainable future.

She has been collaborating with multiple national labs, energy consulting firms, and universities to develop quantitative analysis for accelerating RD&D in renewable energy technologies, carbon capture, chemical process improvements, and supply chain optimization.

Dr. Yao was selected to the program of Management for Scientists and Engineers from Kellogg School of Management. She received a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Northeastern University, China, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University, United States.


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