Alissa Kendall

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Faculty Research Interests

  • Life cycle modeling applied to transportation systems
  • Energy systems
  • Construction materials, and buildings, with the goal of developing sustainable systems

Biography

Alissa Kendall’s research interests focus on evaluating the material, energy, and waste flows generated by engineered systems, and refining and enhancing the methods used to evaluate their impacts, with a focus on transportation systems and climate change. Her current research projects include life cycle assessments of biofuel production pathways, agricultural …

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Alissa Kendall’s research interests focus on evaluating the material, energy, and waste flows generated by engineered systems, and refining and enhancing the methods used to evaluate their impacts, with a focus on transportation systems and climate change. Her current research projects include life cycle assessments of biofuel production pathways, agricultural systems, vehicles, and transportation infrastructure. In addition, she has ongoing research on carbon accounting practices and the role of LCA in policy.

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2013 Laudise Prize from the International Society of Industrial Ecology

2012 UC Davis Nominee for National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers in Engineering Education

2010-2009 UC Davis Hellman Fellow

2005 3M Award for Industrial Ecology, University of Michigan

 

ECI 123 Urban Systems and Sustainability (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Systems-level approach of how to evaluate and then modify sustainability of urban systems based on interaction with natural environments. Topics include: definition/metrics of urban sustainability; system analyses of urban systems; enabling technology, policies, legislation; measures and modification of ecological footprints.

 

ECI 126 Integrated Planning for Green Civil Systems (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: Physics 9C or Landscape Architecture 60 or Design 145 or Environmental Science and Policy 100 or Nature and Culture 120 or Anthropology 100 or Statistics 32 or Plant Sciences 101; consent of instructor. Working within multidisciplinary teams and a heuristic learning environment, an integrated design process will be applied to the planning of a project-based green and sustainable civil system.

 

ECI 127 Integrated Design for Green Civil Systems (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 126; consent of instructor. Working within multidisciplinary teams and a heuristic learning environment, an integrated design process will be applied to the design of a project-based green and sustainable civil system.

ECI 128 Integrated Construction for Green Civil Systems (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 127. Working within multidisciplinary teams and a heuristic learning environment, an integrated design process will be applied to the construction of a project-based green and sustainable civil system.

 

ECI 244 Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Engineering (4)

Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Life cycle assessment methodology is taught emphasizing applications to infrastructure and energy systems. Life cycle design, life cycle cost methods, other tools from industrial ecology, and links to policy are covered as well.