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Environmental Life Cycle Assessment for Research and Development

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Thursday, January 27, 2022, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents

Robert Handler, PhD

MTU, Chemical Engineering


Dr. Handler regularly collaborates with companies and interdisciplinary research teams to help scientists and engineers understand the environmental and economic implications of the new products and services they are developing. In this talk, Dr. Handler will present a brief overview of the process of undertaking an environmental life cycle assessment study and provide some case study examples to illustrate why this style of thinking is an important aspect of early-stage research and development work in many areas.


Robert Handler is a Senior Research Engineer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Handler also conducts research in energy and materials, using environmental life cycle assessment methods to quantify and compare the environmental benefits of new products and systems. He has coauthored over 50 publications, primarily focusing on the environmental impacts of different alternative energy and materials systems. Dr. Handler came to Michigan Tech as a postdoctoral researcher in 2009, studying the environmental impacts of wood-to-ethanol and algae-based biofuel production pathways. Prior to this, he earned his PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa in 2009.

Invited by: Ana Dyreson

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