Yuan Yao

Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems

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Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.S., Northeastern University
Management for Scientists and Engineers, Kellogg School of Management



Dr. Yuan Yao is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems at the Yale School of the Environment. Her research is motivated by the increasing need for sustainable solutions that can support industrial development without compromising the environment or depleting the resources for future generations. Her research investigates how emerging technologies and industrial development will affect the environment. She uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, and machine learning to develop systems analysis tools to support engineering and policy decisions towards sustainability. She develops new methods and integrated modeling frameworks to assess, advance, and optimize industrial systems for improved environmental and societal outcomes.

Dr. Yao received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) in 2019. Dr. Yao has been leading collaborative projects with U.S. national labs, private companies, and non-profits. Current research projects focus on the bioeconomy and sustainable production.

Expertise: Life Cycle Assessment, Techno-Economic Analysis, dynamic modeling, process simulation, data analytics, energy analysis, carbon footprint accounting 

ORCID: 0000-0001-9359-2030

Dr. Yuan Yao, Rising Star in Industrial Ecology, Joins F&ES Faculty