BEng (Hons), Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland
William (Niancen) Miao is a first year Master of Environmental Management (MEM' 14) candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Originally a chemical engineer from Auckland, New Zealand, he has previously worked on risk analysis of oil & gas production, waste to energy research and industrial-scale life cycle analysis. His current academic interest involves the application of integrated frameworks (such as industrial ecology and life cycle analysis) at corporate and industrial levels, to effectively green their operations without harming the profitability and viability. He is also focusing on evaluating the strength of national environmental policies through performance-based metrics and indicators.
As a Yale Climate and Energy Institute COP Fellow, William represented Yale at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in Doha, Qatar. There, he explored the relationship between the international position the nations take at climate negotiations and their domestic political environments, with a particular interest in the post-Election U.S. At the same time, he also be closely followed and reported on the progress of New Zealand at the negotiations.