Tradeoffs in human health & mortality associated with aircraft safety measures and fuel use

Isaac Emery

Air Force Institute of Technology

Dr. Isaac Emery is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). He applies scientific tools, such as life cycle assessment, ecosystem services quantification, and statistical analyses to find healthier and more efficient approaches to infrastructure and energy challenges.Dr. Emery graduated with a Ph.D. from Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department through the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in December 2013. His research, conducted at Purdue’s Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and at Argonne National Laboratory, focused on the role of biomass storage and supply chains in assessing greenhouse gas emissions during biofuel production. Since then, his work has included contributions to a textbook on urban agriculture, a study of the mapping and categorization of marginal agricultural land, an assessment of the human health impacts of alternative fuel & vehicle production, and other applications of life cycle thinking to engineering and environmental challenges.More information and occasional updates on his projects can be found at


Airline safety regulations in the United States are often subject to benefit-cost analyses to ensure the benefit to public health and safety from new rulemaking outweighs the economic costs to aircraft manufacturers and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Isaac Emery (Air Force Institute of Technology)
  2. Andrew Telesca (The Boeing Company)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Business and industry practices / case studies , • Public policy and governance


WS-17 » Sustainable consumption and production systems (13:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room H)

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