Mikhail Chester

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306
Email: mchester@asu.edu
Web: http://chester.faculty.asu.edu/


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.


air emissions; energy consumption; infrastructure; policy and decision assessment; supply chain analysis; transportation; urban areas; energy and environmental impacts of infrastructure systems; urban infrastructure; environmental policy; energy policy; life cycle assessment


PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2008

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2005

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003

BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineeirng and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002

Journal Articles


Bartos, M. and M. Chester. 2014. The conservation nexus: Valuing the interdependent water and energy savings in Arizona. Environmental Science and Technology 48(4):2139-2149. DOI: 10.1021/es4033343. (link)

Ravikumar, D., T. P. Seager, M. V. Chester and M. P. Fraser. 2014. Intertemporal cumulative radiative forcing effects of photovoltaic deployments. Environmental Science and Technology 48:10010-10018. DOI: 10.1021/es502542a. (link)

Romero-Lankao, P., K. R. Gurney, K. C. Seto, M. Chester, R. M. Duren, S. Hughes, L. R. Hutyra, P. Marcotullio, L. Baker, N. B. Grimm, C. Kennedy, E. Larson, S. Pincetl, D. Runfola, L. Sanchez, G. Shrestha, J. Feddema, A. Sarzynski, J. Sperling and E. Stokes. 2014. A critical knowledge pathway to low-carbon, sustainable futures: Integrated understanding of urbanization, urban areas and carbon. Earth's Future 2(10):515-532. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000258. (link)

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Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. Chester, D. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2015. Urban resilience to extremes: A proposed Sustainability Research Network. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)


Reyna, J. L., M. D. Bartos and M. V. Chester. 2014. Life cycle assessment of ecosystem services for Phoenix building stock. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (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)

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Kimball, M. and M. Chester. 2013. Breaking automobile path dependence for sustainability mobility: Passengar transportation infrastructure in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Presentation at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, 16-17 May 2013 , 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 Annual Meeting of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, 2012, Seattle, WA.