Eric Masanet

Eric Masanet

Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

2145 Sheridan Road

Tech L494

Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 467-2806
eric.masanet( at )northwestern.edu


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

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

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

Research Interests

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

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.

Selected Publications

  • Masanet, Eric; Horvath, Arpad; Petek Gursel, A.; Stadel, Alex, “Life-cycle inventory analysis of concrete production: A critical review”, Cement and Concrete Composites, (2014)
  • Masanet, Eric; Shehabi, Arman; Walker, Ben, “The energy and greenhouse-gas implications of internet video streaming in the United States”, Environmental Research Letters, (2014)
  • Masanet, Eric; Worrell, Ernst; Therkelsen, Peter, “Energy efficiency opportunities in the U.S. commercial baking industry”, Journal of Food Engineering, (2014)
  • Masanet, Eric; Walker, Michael E., “Energy-water efficiency and U.S. industrial steam”, AIChE Journal, (2013)
  • DeForest, Nicholas; Shehabi, Arman; Garcia, Guillermo; Greenblatt, Jeffery; Masanet, Eric, “Regional performance targets for transparent near-infrared switching electrochromic window glazings”, Building and Environment, (2013)
  • Masanet, Eric; Hasanbeigi, Ali; Morrow, William; Sathaye, Jayant; Xu, Tengfang, “A bottom-up model to estimate the energy efficiency improvement and CO 2 emission reduction potentials in the Chinese iron and steel industry”, Energy, (2013)
  • Masanet, Eric; Hasanbeigi, Ali; Morrow, William; Sathaye, Jayant; Xu, Tengfang, “Energy efficiency improvement and CO 2 emission reduction opportunities in the cement industry in China”, Energy Policy, (2013)
  • Shehabi, Arman; Masanet, Eric; Koomey, Jonathan, “Characteristics of low-carbon data centres”, Nature Climate Change, (2013)

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