About Our Lab
- if you cannot measure, it you cannot fix it -
We are looking for understand the relationship Engineering, Society and Sustainability. Our goal is to develop frameworks of analysis for understanding the causes and effects of current events to contribute to sustainable development through better understanding and integration of local systems - characterized by its natural resources, climate, infrastructure needs engineering, societal and political frameworks - to support of decision-making to the public policy level, linking science, technology, society and education.
Quantitative sustainability assessment applies methodologies such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) to constituent fields into sustainability science, such as environmental policy, management and assessment, environmental/ecosystem services modelling, human behavior, climate change, natural resources availability (e.g. water, land, minerals, etc.) and social impact assessment.
The interconnected complex systems involve use of raw materials, water and energy as well as wastes generation to produce goods and services. The goods and services provides economic welfare but not discount the losing of ecosystem services. Our goal is support the decision-making by quantifying of water-energy-wastes nexus to achieve a balance between sustainable production-consumption. This balance between water and energy consumption and reduction of waste generation can provide food and nutritional security, ecosystem equilibrium and human wellbeing as a sustainable engineering system.
Water is a key input for industrial activities, urban systems and producing agricultural goods along the entire food supply chain. A key issue to understand is the relationship between water withdrawal, water resource management and well being provided by its consumption. We are looking for understand the tradeoff between water, GDP and Inequality
Energy is required to produce goods and services as well as distribute water and food. However, the pumping water from groundwater, pressurized irrigation or desalination processes need a lot of energy provided by hydroelectricity as well. Then, we need to understand the tradeoff between water and energy requirements into societal systems
The synergies and tradeoffs between water and energy use for food production, including food security and human activities does not include inefficiencies such as waste production. The wastes can be understood as a raw material to be recirculated to promote circular economy providing the energy and material recovery. A sustainable waste management should allow the energy and materials recovery to alleviate the consumption of water, energy and raw materials into complex systems.