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College of Engineering and Applied Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver


Sustainability Assessment


Research in this area is directed towards development of models and metrics for sustainability assessment of complex systems such as techno-economic and socio-economic systems. Metrics being developed include environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA), exergy analysis, ecological footprint and information theory. These metrics in conjunction with predictive simulation tools - process simulators (technological systems) and agent-based models (socio-economic systems) - are being utilized for holistic sustainability assessment. Current work includes sustainability assessment of waste-to-energy systems, urban agriculture systems, and biofuel systems.

Faculty Information

Arunprakash Karunanithi, Assistant Professor
Sustainable Infrastructure

BS in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University, India in 2001
MS in Chemical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2004
PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2005


Phone: 303-556-2370
Office: North Classroom 3019 C

My research interests include systems engineering, environmental and sustainable systems modeling, green process and product design, biofuel process design and urban sustainability assessment.