Faculty Directory
Eric Masanet

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L494
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-2806Email Eric Masanet


Mechanical Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

Prospective energy systems modeling, sustainable manufacturing, life cycle assesment

Eric Masanet leads the Energy and Resource Systems Analysis Laboratory (ERSAL), which develops mathematical models and decision support tools to quantify opportunities for reducing energy and resource use in industrial technology systems. Such models and tools can be used by manufacturers and policy makers to identify technological, behavioral, and policy pathways toward more sustainable products and processes.

Significant Recognition

  • One of 13 "Top Papers of 2011," Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T)
  • Contributing author, IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, 2012
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2008
  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Electronics & the Environment, 2003
  • Best Student Paper Award, IEEE International Symposium on Electronics & the Environment, 2002
  • University of California Toxic Substances Research & Training Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2002
  • UC Berkeley Teaching Effectiveness Award for Graduate Student Instructors, 2001
  • Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 1994

Significant Professional Service

  • Associate Editor, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 2009 – Present
  • United States Technical Advisory Group, ISO 50001 International Management System Standard for Energy, 2008 – 2011
  • Co-Chair, Conference Program, 2011 Biennial International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference, Berkeley, California, May 2011
  • Co-Chair, Conference Program, IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, 2008 – 2010

Selected Publications

  • Edgar G. Hertwich, Saleem Ali, Luca Ciacci, Tomer Fishman, Niko Heeren, Eric R Masanet, Farnaz Nojavan Asghari, Elsa Olivetti, Stefan Pauliuk, Qingshi Tu, Paul Wolfram, “Material efficiency strategies to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with buildings, vehicles, and electronics - A review”, Environmental Research Letters, (2019)
  • Arman Shehabi, Sarah J. Smith, Eric R Masanet, Jonathan Koomey, “Data center growth in the United States”, Environmental Research Letters, (2018)
  • Yuan Chang, Xiaodong Li, Eric R Masanet, Lixiao Zhang, Zhiye Huang, Robert Ries, “Unlocking the green opportunity for prefabricated buildings and construction in China”, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, (2018)
  • Yuan Yao, John Marano, William R. Morrow, Eric R Masanet, “Quantifying carbon capture potential and cost of carbon capture technology application in the U.S. refining industry”, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, (2018)
  • Yuan Yao, Yuan Chang, Runze Huang, Lixiao Zhang, Eric R Masanet, “Environmental implications of the methanol economy in China”, Journal of Cleaner Production, (2018)
  • Yuan Yao, Eric R Masanet, “Life-cycle modeling framework for generating energy and greenhouse gas emissions inventory of emerging technologies in the chemical industry”, Journal of Cleaner Production, (2018)
  • Laura Cozzi, David Turk, Thibaut Abergel, Jan Bartos, Elie Bellevrat, Simon Bennett, Thomas Berly, Stphanie Bouckaert, John Dulac, Carlos Fernandez Alvarez, Araceli Fernandez Pales, Vincenzo Franza, George Kamiya, Markus Klingbeil, Vlad Kubecek, Eric R Masanet, Christophe McGlade, Duncan Millard, David Morgado, Luis Munuera, Joe Ritchie, Jesse Scott, Melanie Slade, Jacob Teter, Michael Waldron, Molly Walton, Kira West, Gee Yong Law, “Digitalization and Energy”, , (2017)
  • Thibaut Abergel, Adam Brown, Pierpaolo Cazzola, Steffen Dockweiler, John Dulac, Araceli Fernandez Pales, Marine Gorner, Raimund Malischek, Eric R Masanet, Samantha McCulloch, Luis Munera, Uwe Remme, Renske Schuitmaker, Tristan Stanley, Jacob Teter, Kira West, “Energy Technology Perspectives 2017”, , (2017)

In the Classroom

Professor Masanet teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on sustainability challenges and solutions, quantitative methods for life-cycle analysis, and energy and resource efficient manufacturing systems.