LCA of transportation fuels - recent history and emerging applications

Deepak Rajagopal

University of California, Los Angeles

Deepak Rajagopal is an Asst. Prof. in the Inst. of Environment and Sustainability and Dept. of Urban Planning. He has a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources (UC Berkeley), MS degrees in Ag. and Resource Economics (UC Berkeley), and Mech. Engg (U. of Maryland, CollegePark) and Bachelor’s degree in Mech. Engg. (Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras). Prior to UCLA, he was a Post. doc. at Energy Biosciences Inst., UC Berkeley. He also three years of experience as Structural Engineer at United Technologies Research Center in Hartford, Connecticut. His areas of research include Life cycle assessment, Energy and Agricultural Economics, and Climate Policy.  He is focused on assessing the sustainability of two broad emerging economic sectors – the bioeconomy and the peer-to-peer economy.

Sabrina Spatari

Drexel University,

Dr. Sabrina Spatari is an Associate Professor in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University and is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Her research and expertise focuses on the development and application of life cycle assessment (LCA) and other systems analysis methods for guiding engineering decision making and public policy. Her specific interests include industrial ecology, biomass and bioenergy, biofuels, and urban infrastructure.

Heather MacLean

University of Toronto

Heather L. MacLean is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and holds joint-appointments with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, School of the Environment and School of Public Policy and Governance. She works closely with numerous industries as well as Federal and provincial/state governments. A particular focus has been the evaluation of current and emerging energy and vehicle systems. Her work on sustainable systems analysis was recognized through a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Canada Mortgage and Housing Award for Promotion of Sustainable Practices, and induction as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering. She holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.


LCA of transportation fuels - recent history and emerging applicationsParticipants: Prof. Heather Maclean, Prof. Deepak Rajagopal (Organizer), Prof. Sabrina Spatari and Prof. Valerie ThomasThe past decade has seen a rapid... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Deepak Rajagopal (University of California, Los Angeles)
  2. Sabrina Spatari (Drexel University,)
  3. Heather MacLean (University of Toronto)
  4. Valerie Thomas (Georgia)

Topic Areas

• Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a , • Decision support methods and tools , • Public policy and governance


MS-15 » Special session: "LCA of transportation fuels - recent history and emerging applications" (14:00 - Monday, 26th June, Room F)

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