Yuan Yao, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems

Dr. Yao received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) in 2019. Dr. Yao has been leading collaborative projects with U.S. national labs, private companies, and non-profits. She got her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Northeastern University in China. She also has a Management for Scientists and Engineers from Kellogg School of Management.

Dr. Yuan Yao is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems at the Yale School of the Environment. Prior, Dr. Yao was an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Yao also serves as the Associate Editor for Resources, Conservation & Recycling, a leading journal in sustainable management and conservation of resources.

Her research is motivated by the increasing need for sustainable solutions that can support industrial development without compromising the environment or depleting the resources for future generations. Her research investigates how emerging technologies and industrial development will affect the environment. She uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, and machine learning to develop systems analysis tools to support engineering and policy decisions towards sustainability. She develops new methods and integrated modeling frameworks to assess, advance, and optimize industrial systems for improved environmental and societal outcomes. Current research projects focus on bioeconomy and sustainable production.