Meet the Experts

Find experts across Johns Hopkins involved in research and teaching related to environment, energy, sustainability and/or health. The following list is organized by the expert's last name. You can also search by area of expertise.

Learn more about the support E²SHI provides to Hopkins faculty, staff researcher or instructors.

Joseph Katz

William F. Ward Sr. Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

katz@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Flow/turbulence/cavitation in turbomachines
  • Power generation and conversion
  • Oceanic & Atmospheric boundary layers
  • Fate of crude oil spills
  • Dynamics, behavior & distributions of plankton
Keywords: Energy (Fossil Fuel), Environmental Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Water

Thomas Kempa

Assistant Professor, Dept of Chemistry
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

tkempa@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Synthesis of solid-state materials to help address extant challenges in environmental sustainability and in human health.
  • Development of diverse synthetic methods to make solid-state structures and devices embodying new phases, architectures, and topologies. Since these materials can exert unique control over critical physical processes (e.g. mass, charge, and energy transport), they can be used to study un-answered questions in basic science and to define advances in solar cells, catalysts, thermoelectrics, self-assembly, optics, electronics, and biological imaging.
Keywords: Energy, Air Pollution, Water, Waste/Resource Use

Naveeda Khan

E²SHI Executive Committee member
Associate Professor, Dept of Anthropology
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

nkhan5@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

River-based community living on sand bars within the River Jamuna in Bangladesh, with a specific focus on how the dynamic environment informs social structures and everyday life. Understand what comprises climate change and adaptation to it in these parts.

Selected Publications

Khan, N. (2011). "Eddes in India: Town Planning, Plant Sentience, and Cooperative Evolution." Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29(5), pp. 840-856.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Understanding the role and influence of civil society groups in global climate agreements.

Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Behavior change, Climate change, Ecology, Rural development/economies, Water

Sharon Kingsland

Professor, History of Science & Technology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

sharon@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • History of science emphasizing history of ecology and environmentalism in 20th century
Keywords: Agriculture/Food, Air Pollution, Cities/Built Environment, Ecology, Population Studies

Rebekka Klausen

Assistant Professor, Dept of Chemistry
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

klausen@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:

Synthesizes energy-relevant materials.

Awards: JHU Catalyst Award recipient, 2017

Keywords: Energy, Chemistry, Nanomaterials

Enrique Mallada

Assistant Professor, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

mallada@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Networked dynamical systems and their applications in engineering and science.
  • Developing analytical tools and control architectures to facilitate the integration of renewable energy in the electric power grid.
  • Designing mixed market and control mechanisms that can align economic and engineering objectives.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Leveraging Dynamics, Sparsity and Nonlinearities for Secure and Reliable Power Grid Operation

Keywords: Renewable energy, Energy efficiency

Tyrel McQueen

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering

mcqueen@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • New materials for energy applications
Keywords: Energy (Electricity, Renewable), Materials Chemistry and Physics

Charles Meneveau

Louis M. Sardella Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

meneveau@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Turbulence modeling and fluid dynamics for environmental, geophysical and engineering applications
  • Wind energy fluid mechanics, simulation

Selected Publications

Chamecki, M., & Meneveau, C. (2011). “Particle boundary layer above and downstream of an area source: scaling, simulations, and pollen transport.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 683, pp. 1-26.

Stevens, R.J.A.M., Gayme, D.F., Meneveau, C. (2014). “Large eddy simulation studies of the effects of alignment and wind farm length.” Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 6, 023105.

Yang, D., Chen, B., Marcelo, C., Meneveau, C. (2015). “Oil plumes and dispersion in Langmuir, upper-ocean turbulence: Large-eddy simulations and K-profile parameterization.” Journal of Geophysical Research, 120(7), pp. 4729-4759.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Wind Integration Simulations Partnership for International Research and Education (WINDINSPIRE)

Keywords: Computer engineering, Renewable energy, Mechanical engineering

Alexios Monopolis

Lecturer, Global Environmental Change & Sustainability Program, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

alexios@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Uses an array of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine the correlation between environmental sustainability and positive psychology (a.k.a. the “science of happiness”) to foster a mental-health based frame in support of sustainable lifestyles and ecologically responsible behaviors.
  • Among other areas, teaching focuses on environmental ethics, designing sustainable wellness, and climate change adaptation.
Keywords: Environmental psychology, Sustainability and well-being, Environmental photography

Tim Mueller

Assistant Professor, Dept of Materials Science and Engineering
Whiting School of Engineering

tmueller@jhu.eduFaculty Website

Research Areas:
  • Using computational methods to discover and design new materials
  • Materials for energy storage and conversion
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Materials informatics

Selected Publications

Cao, L., & Mueller, T. (2015). “Rational Design of Pt3Ni Surface Structures for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction.” Journal of Physical Chemistry, 119(31), pp. 17735-17747.

Mueller, T., Hautier, G., Jain, A., Ceder, G. (2011). “Evaluation of Tavorite-Structured Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries Using High-Throughput Computing.” Chemical Materials, 23(17), pp. 3854-3862.

E²SHI-Supported Projects

Designing nanoscale alloy catalysts to reduce carbon dioxide.

Keywords: Computational materials science, Nanotechnology, Renewable energy

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