Brandon Kuczenski

Brandon Kuczenski

Assistant Researcher
Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER)

UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131

805-893-5058
bkuczenski [at] bren [dot] ucsb [dot] edu

Brandon Kuczenski graduated from UC Berkeley in 2001 and worked for Kensington Laboratories developing control systems for semiconductor manufacturing robotics.  In 2003 he began doctoral study in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he studied the dynamics of biological cellular signaling.  After receiving his degree in 2008, he moved to UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management as a postdoctoral scholar to study industrial ecology under Dr. Roland Geyer.  He was appointed to his current position as assistant researcher at ISBER in 2013. 

Dr. Kuczenski is interested in the resource requirements and environmental impacts of industrial technologies.  His research focuses on how researchers, firms and policy makers manage information about processes and products for sustainability reporting and life cycle assessment, and how they communicate their findings to the public.  Major issues include data quality assessment, interactive sensitivity analysis, and distributed management of life cycle data.  He is also concerned with the tension between the need for transparency and accountability in decision making and the demand for privacy protection and confidentiality among data providers. His main contributions have been in characterizing the performance of recycling systems, such as disposable bottles and used motor oil, for California agencies.  He is also interested in green chemistry, toxics use reduction, and alternatives assessment for safer product development.

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