Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
3422 Bren Hall
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131
Role in Affiliated Centers
Member of the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing
Sangwon Suh's research interests include how materials and energy are extracted from nature, how they are transformed and used, and, finally, how they are discarded back to nature, which forms the metabolic structure of the coupled, human-nature complexity. In addition to making important theoretical and applied contributions in LCA, MFA, I/O and their combinations, he also is contributing to the policy and economics literature. Although he has covered a wide range of resources, several of his most recent contributions have focused on carbon and water, in part due to his growing interest in the issues associated with biofuels.
Dr. Sangwon Suh obtained his PhD (cum laude) for his dissertation, "Materials and Energy Flows in Industry and Ecosystem Networks" at Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2004. He taught "Advanced Life Cycle Assessment" at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University from 2004 to 2005. He joined the faculty of College of Natural Resources of the University of Minnesota in 2005. Dr. Suh took his current position at Bren School in 2010.
For more on Sangwon, view his video and presentation on Material Resources and Low-Carbon Energy Technologies here.