Mikhail Chester joined the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School as an assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in 2011. He has a joint appointment with the School of Sustainability. Previously, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and guest researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Chester's area of expertise is the energy and environmental assessment of large infrastructure systems. His research has focused on transportation systems and cities, evaluating life-cycle and supply chain effects and their associated human and environmental impacts. Chester's research expands the assessment boundaries of complex systems to understand comprehensive effects of policies and decisions, including infrastructure interdependencies. Ultimately, he is interested in determining the external control and damage costs of these impacts and how internalization of these costs may inform behavioral economics for sustainable policies and decisions. Chester applied these research interests as a consultant for the National Research Council of the National Academies' Hidden Costs of Energy study.
Chester also has research interests in closing energy and material loops for infrastructure systems. He has evaluated the economic and environmental feasibility of deploying a waste-to-ethanol infrastructure, optimized an urban recycling network to reduce costs and decrease environmental impacts, and developed a framework for consistent system boundary selection in biofuel assessment. Chester's transportation life-cycle assessment research project website with up-to-date results and in-depth methodological documentation is available at www.sustainable-transportation.com.
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2008
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2005
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003
B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineeirng and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
Bartos, M. and M. Chester. In Review. The conservation nexus: Valuing interdependent water and energy savings in Arizona. Environmental Science and Technology
Kimball, M., M. Chester, C. Gino and J. Reyna. 2013. Assessing the potential for reducing life-cycle environmental impacts through transit-oriented development infill along existing light rail in Phoenix. Journal of Planning and Education Research 33(4):395-410. 10.1177/0739456X13507485 (link)
Reyna, J. and M. Chester. 2013. Life cycle assessment of ecosystem services for Phoenix's building stock. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)
Pincetl, S., M. Chester, M. McCoy, G. Circella, P. Bunje, Z. Elizabeth, D. Flaming, D. Gallagher and J. Ferrell. 2012. Los Angeles energy baseline: Urban metabolism and life cycle assessment. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)
Kimball, M. and M. Chester. 2013. Breaking automobile path dependence for sustainability mobility: Passengar transportation infrastructure in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Presentation at the 16-17 May 2013 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Cincinnati, OH.
Kimball, M. and M. Chester. 2012. Passenger transportation in metropolitan Phoenix: LCA to measure the vested interest in the status quo. Presentation at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, Seattle, WA.