2012-2013 sustainability fellows-Environment at CMU - Carnegie Mellon University

The 2012-2013 Steinbrenner U.S. Environmental Sustainability Fellows

The Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 recipients of the Steinbrenner Institute U.S. Environmental Sustainability Fellowships. The Fellowship program, which is supported by the Colcom Foundation, offers competitive three-year awards to PhD students for the study of interdisciplinary topics related to U.S. environmental sustainability.  With support from the Colcom Foundation, the Steinbrenner Institute has been exploring the dimensions of environmental carrying capacity with a focus on the United States. Environmental carrying capacity is an ecological concept defined generally as the population of organisms that can be sustained at a steady state considering the resources available in the ecosystem in which they reside. The Colcom Foundation has provided the opportunity to engage in scholarly exploration of the ways in which changes in the population might impact the availability of natural resources; and how those natural resources might be limiting factors to quality of life standards.

Negin Ashoori


Negin received her B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2008.  She received her M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University in 2012.  Ms. Ashoori is a current PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her primary interest is in sustainable water technologies.  (Advisors: David Dzombak and Mitchell Small)

Sam Markolf 


Sam received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and his Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas. Sam is currently a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and his interests are related to sustainability planning, municipal-level GHG mitigation, and the inter-relation between energy and water use. . (Advisors: Scott Matthews and Chris Hendrickson)

Daniel Posen


Daniel received his B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and an M.Res.in Green Chemistry from the Imperial College of London in 2010, as well as, his M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2012.  He is interested in industrial ecology, environmental assessment and the application of environmental life-cycle thinking to a range of systems including those related to energy and waste management. (Advisors: Ines Azevedo, Paulina Jaramillo, and Scott Matthews)

Michelle Tom


Michelle holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in Studio Art from Smith College.  She also received her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California.  Prior to receiving her MSCE, she worked in the Philadelphia area as a civil designer/engineer in land development for Gilmore and Associates, Inc., a civil engineering consulting firm.  Michelle is LEED certified and intends to obtain her P.E. license in the near future.  Her academic interests include sustainable building infrastructure, building energy systems, and sustainable land development with respect to population change and limited resource availability within the US. (Advisors: Scott Matthews and Chris Hendrickson)