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Mikhail Chester

Mikhail Chester

Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

mchester@asu.edu

480-965-9779

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 873005
Tempe, AZ 85287-3005

Titles

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Biography

Dr. Chester is the Director of the Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University where he maintains a research program focused on preparing infrastructure and their institutions for the challenges of the coming century. His work spans climate adaptation, disruptive technologies, innovative financing, transitions to agility and flexibility, and modernization of infrastructure management. He is broadly interested in how we need to change infrastructure governance, design, and education for the Anthropocene, an era marked by acceleration and uncertainty. He is co-lead of the Urban Resilience to Extremes research network composed of 19 institutions and 250 researchers across the Americas, focused on developing innovative infrastructure solutions for extreme events. He was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineer’s early career researcher Huber price in 2017.

Education

  • 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

Expertise

External Links

Journal Articles

In Press

Ahmad, N., M. V. Chester, E. Bondank, M. Arabi, N. G. Johnson and B. L. Ruddell. A synthetic water distribution network model for urban resilience. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2020.1788230. (link )

Chester, M. V. and B. R. Allenby. Toward adaptive infrastructure: the Fifth Discipline. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2020.1762045. (link )

Helmrich, A. and M. V. Chester. Reconciling Complexity and Deep Uncertainty in Infrastructure Design for Climate Adaptation. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2019.1708179. (link )

Markolf, S. A., M. V. Chester, A. Helmrich and K. Shannon. Re-imagining design storm criteria for the challenges of the 21st century. Cities DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102981. (link )

2020

Baniassadi, A., D. J. Sailor, C. R. O'Lenick, O. Wilhelmi, P. J. Crank, M. V. Chester and T. Reddy. 2020. Effectiveness of mechanical air conditioning as a protective factor against indoor exposure to heat among the elderly. Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities 1(1):Art. 011005. DOI: 10.1115/1.4045678. (link )

Bondank, E. and M. V. Chester. 2020. Infrastructure Interdependency Failures From Extreme Weather Events as a Complex Process. Frontiers in Water 2(8):. DOI: doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2020.00021. (link )

Carvalhaes, T. M., S. Markolf, A. Helmrich, Y. Kim, R. Li, M. Natarajan, E. Bondank, N. Ahmad and M. Chester. 2020. COVID-19 as a harbinger of transforming infrastructure resilience. Frontiers in Built Environment 6:Art. 148. DOI: 10.3389/fbuil.2020.00148. (link )

Chester, M. V. 2020. Industrial ecology in support of climate change adaptation. Journal of Industrial Ecology 24(2):271-275. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.13006.

Chester, M. V. and B. R. Allenby. 2020. Perspective: The Cyber Frontier and Infrastructure. IEEE Access 8:28301-28310. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2971960.

Chester, M. V., S. Underwood and C. Samaras. 2020. Keeping infrastructure reliable under climate uncertainty. Nature Climate Change DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0741-0. (link )

2019

Chester, M. V. and B. R. Allenby. 2019. Infrastructure as a wicked complex process. Elem Sci Anth 7(1):21. (link )

Chester, M. V., S. A. Markolf and B. R. Allenby. 2019. Infrastructure and the environment in the Anthropocene. Journal of Industrial Ecology jiec.12848. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12848. (link )

Gilrein, E. J., T. M. Carvalhaes, S. A. Markolf, M. V. Chester, B. R. Allenby and M. Garcia. 2019. Concepts and practices for transforming infrastructure from rigid to adaptable. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2019.1599608. (link )

Hoehne, C., M. V. Chester, A. Fraser and D. A. King. 2019. Valley of the sun-drenched parking space: The growth, extent, and implications of parking infrastructure in Phoenix. Cities 89(June):186-198. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2019.02.007. (link )

Hondula, D. M., J. L. Sabo, R. Quay, M. V. Chester, M. Georgescu, N. B. Grimm, S. L. Harlan, A. Middel, S. Porter, C. L. Redman, B. Rittmann, B. L. Ruddell and D. D. White. 2019. Cities of the Southwest are testbeds for urban resilience. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17(2):79-80. DOI: 10.1002/fee.2005. (link )

Kim, Y., M. V. Chester, D. A. Eisenberg and C. L. Redman. 2019. The infrastructure trolley problem: Positioning safe-to-fail infrastructure for climate change adaptation. Earth’s Future 7(7):704-717. DOI: 10.1029/2019EF001208. (link )

Markolf, S. A., C. Hoehne, A. M. Fraser, M. V. Chester and S. Underwood. 2019. Transportation resilience to climate change and extreme weather events -- beyond risk and robustness. Transport Policy 74(Feb):174-186. DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2018.11.003. (link )

2018

Chester, M. V. and B. R. Allenby. 2018. Toward Adaptive Infrastructure: Flexibility and Agility in a Non-stationarity Age. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure 3(1):1-19. DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2017.1416846. (link )

Fraser, A. M., M. V. Chester and D. P. Eisenman. 2018. Strategic locating of refuges for extreme heat events (or heat waves). Urban Climate 25(Sep):109-119. DOI: 10.1016/J.UCLIM.2018.04.009. (link )

Hoehne, C., D. M. Hondula, M. V. Chester, D. P. Eisenman, A. Middel, A. Fraser, L. E. Watkins and K. Gerster. 2018. Heat exposure during outdoor activities in the US varies significantly by city, demography, and activity. Health & Place 54(Nov):1-10. DOI: 10.1016/J.HEALTHPLACE.2018.08.014. (link )

Markolf, S. A., M. V. Chester, D. A. Eisenberg, D. M. Iwaniec, C. I. Davidson, R. Zimmerman, T. R. Miller, B. L. Ruddell and H. Chang. 2018. Interdependent Infrastructure as Linked Social, Ecological, and Technological Systems (SETSs) to Address Lock‐in and Enhance Resilience. Earth's Future 6(12):1638-1659. DOI: 10.1029/2018EF000926. (link )

McPhillips, L., H. Chang, M. V. Chester, Y. Depietri, E. Friedman, N. B. Grimm, J. S. Kominoski, P. T. McPhearson, P. Mendez-Lazaro, E. J. Rosi and J. Shafiei Shiva. 2018. Defining extreme events: A cross-disciplinary review. Earth's Future 6(3):441-455. DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000686. (link )

2017

Burillo, D., M. V. Chester, B. Ruddell and N. Johnson. 2017. Electricity demand planning forecasts should consider climate non-stationarity to maintain reserve margins during heat waves. Applied Energy 206(Nov):267-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.08.141. (link )

Fraser, A. M. and M. V. Chester. 2017. Transit system design and vulnerability of riders to heat. Journal of Transport & Health 4(Mar):216-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2016.07.005. (link )

Fraser, A. M., M. V. Chester, D. P. Eisenman, D. M. Hondula, S. Pincetl, P. English and E. Bondank. 2017. Household accessibility to heat refuges: Residential air conditioning, public cooled space, and walkability. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science 44(6):1036–1055. DOI: 10.1177/0265813516657342. (link )

Kim, Y., D. Eisenberg, E. Bondank, M. V. Chester, G. Mascaro and S. Underwood. 2017. Fail-safe and safe-to-fail adaptation: Decision-making for urban flooding under climate change. Climatic Change 145(3-4):397-412. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2090-1. (link )

2016

Burillo, D., M. V. Chester and B. Ruddell. 2016. Electric grid vulnerabilities to rising air temperatures in Arizona. Procedia Engineering 145:1346-1353. DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2016.04.173. (link )

Eisenman, D. P., H. Wilhalme, C. Tseng, M. V. Chester, P. English, S. Pincetl, A. Fraser, S. Vangala and S. K. Dhaliwal. 2016. Heat death associations with the built environment, social vulnerability and their interactions with rising temperature. Health & Place (41):89-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.08.007. (link )

2015

Bartos, M. D. and M. V. Chester. 2015. Impacts of climate change on electric power supply in the western United States. Nature Climate Change 5:748-752. DOI: doi:10.1038/nclimate2648. (link )

Gurney, K. R., P. Romero-Lankao, K. C. Seto, L. R. Hutyra, R. Duren, C. Kennedy, N. B. Grimm, J. R. Ehleringer, P. J. Marcotullio, S. Hughes, S. Pincetl, M. V. Chester, D. M. Runfola, J. Feddema and J. Sperling. 2015. Climate change: Track urban emissions on a human scale. Nature 525(10 September 2015):179-181. DOI: 10.1038/525179a. (link )

2014

Bartos, M. and M. V. 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. V. 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 )

2013

Chester, M. V., M. J. Nahlik, A. M. Fraser, M. Kimball and V. M. Garikapati. 2013. Integrating life-cycle environmental and economic assessment with transportation and land use planning. Environmental Science & Technology 47(21):12020-12028. DOI: 10.1021/es402985g.. (link )

Kimball, M., M. V. 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. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X13507485. (link )

2012

Chester, M. V., S. Pincetl and B. R. Allenby. 2012. Avoiding unintended tradeoffs by integrating life-cycle impact assessment with urban metabolism. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4(4):451-457. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.08.004. (link )

Books

2020

Derrible, S. and M. V. Chester eds. 2020. Urban Infrastructure: Reflections for 2100. ISBN: 979-8695826524. (link )

Book Chapters

2018

Romero-Lankao, P., O. Wilhelmi and M. V. Chester. 2018. Live with risk while reducing vulnerability. Pp. 92-112 Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781107196933.

Posters

2020

Helmrich, A., M. V. Chester, S. Hayes, S. A. Markolf, C. Desha and N. B. Grimm. 2020. Using biomimicry to support resilient infrastructure design. Poster presented at the Twenty-second Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 17, 2020, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Shrestha, A., A. Helmrich, M. Garcia, M. V. Chester, E. Doerry and J. Eppinger. 2020. Exploring citizen science as a novel data source to improve real-time urban flood modeling. Poster presented at the Twenty-second Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 17, 2020, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2019

Helmrich, A., E. J. Gilrein, S. A. Markolf, K. Shannon and M. V. Chester. 2019. The past, present, and future of design storms. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 11, 2019, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2018

Davidson, M. J., Y. Kim, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, N. B. Grimm and D. M. Iwaniec. 2018. Downscaling regional scenarios: The application of social-ecological-technological framework. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Feagan, M., R. Hobbins, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, N. B. Grimm, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook and C. Welty. 2018. Empowering Communities to Build Sustainable and Equitable Urban Futures through Smart Visualizations and Knowledge Systems. Poster presented at the Third Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, March 19-21, 2018, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hobbins, R., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Feagan, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, E. E. Gaiser, N. B. Grimm, D. M. Iwaniec, P. Mendez-Lazaro, P. T. McPhearson, C. A. Miller, D. Sauter, T. G. Troxler and C. Welty. 2018. Climate risk visualizations: Tools, users and uses. Poster presented at the National Center for Atmospheric Research BRIGHTE GIS Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Visualization Workshop, Boulder, CO.

Hobbins, R., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Feagan, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, E. E. Gaiser, N. B. Grimm, D. M. Iwaniec, P. Mendez-Lazaro, P. T. McPhearson, C. A. Miller, D. Sauter, T. G. Troxler and C. Welty. 2018. Climate risk visualizations: Tools, users and uses. Poster presented at the Institute for Social Science Research Poster Competition, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Kim, Y., D. A. Eisenberg, E. Bondank, M. V. Chester, G. Mascaro and B. S. Underwood. 2018. Fail safe and safe-to-fail adaptation: Decision-making for urban flooding under climate change. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scienitists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Markolf, S. A., M. V. Chester, T. R. Miller, D. Eisenberg, R. Zimmerman, C. I. Davidson and T. P. Seager. 2018. Infrastructure as linked social, ecological, and technological Systems (SETS) to address lock-in and improve resilience. Poster presented at the 20th CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

2017

Kim, Y., D. A. Eisenberg, E. Bondank, M. V. Chester, G. Mascaro and B. S. Underwood. 2017. Safe-to-fail infrastructure adaptation strategies: Decision-making for urban flooding under climate change. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.

Markolf, S. A., Y. Depietri, M. Smith, P. T. McPhearson and M. V. Chester. 2017. Understanding the impact of historical extreme events on the development of urban infrastructure. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.

2015

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. V. Chester, D. M. 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 )

2014

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 )

2013

Reyna, J. and M. V. 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 )

2012

Pincetl, S., M. V. 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 )

Presentations

2019

Grimm, N. B., M. Berbés-Blázquez, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, D. M. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and C. L. Redman. 2019. Urban resilience to extreme events: Framing cities and their infrastructure as social-ecological-technological systems (SETS). Presentation at the 2019 Transformations Conference, October 16-8, 2019, Santiago, Chile.

Hobbins, R. J., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Feagan, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, E. E. Gaiser, N. B. Grimm, D. M. Iwaniec, P. Mendez-Lazaro, P. T. McPhearson, C. A. Miller, D. Sauter, T. G. Troxler and C. Welty. 2019. Climate risk visualizations: Tools, users and uses. Presentation at the National Center for Atmospheric Research BRIGHTE GIS Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Visualization Workshop, July 16-18, 2019, Boulder, CO.

Kim, Y., D. Eisenberg, M. V. Chester, C. L. Redman and N. B. Grimm. 2019. The infrastructure trolley problem: Positioning safe-to-fail infrastructure for climate change adaptation. Presentation at the The Nature of Cities Summit, June 4-7, 2019, Paris, France.

Markolf, S. A. and M. V. Chester. 2019. An assessment of direct and indirect pathways of disruption within interconnected infrastructure systems. Presentation at the 2019 ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, November 6-9, 2019, Los Angeles, CA.

Markolf, S. A. and M. V. Chester. 2019. Assessing possible implications and adaptations strategies for a major disruption to the interstate highway system in the southwest United States. Presentation at the ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure, November 6-9, 2019, Los Angeles, CA.

2018

Feagan, M., R. J. Hobbins, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, N. B. Grimm, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook and C. Welty. 2018. Empowering communities to build sustainable and equitable urban futures through smart visualization and knowledge systems. Presentation at the Third Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, March 19-21, 2018, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Markolf, S. A., M. V. Chester and A. Fraser. 2018. Failure modes within energy, water and ICT infrastructure systems: An assessment of direct and indirect pathways of disruption posed by climate change and extreme events. Presentation at the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology, June 25-28, 2018, Buffalo, NY. (link )

Markolf, S. A., C. Hoehne, A. Fraser, S. Underwood and M. V. Chester. 2018. Resilience of transportation systems under climate change -- beyond risk and robustness. Presentation at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Bard, January 7-11, 2018, Washington, DC. (link )

2017

Grimm, N., M. V. Chester, Y. Kim, L. McPhillips and C. Redman. 2017. When is safe-to-fail safe?. Presentation at the Resilience 2017: Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability, August 20-23, 2017, Stockholm, Sweden. (link )

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, D. M. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2017. A social-ecological-technical systems approach to understanding urban complexity and building climate resilience. Presentation at the II Conference of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society: Place-based Transdisciplinary Research for Global Sustainability, November 7-10, 2017, Oaxaca, Mexico. (link )

Markolf, S. A., M. V. Chester, A. Fraser and C. Hoehne. 2017. Maintaining reliability of transportation systems and interdependent infrastructure under climate change. Presentation at the ISIE-ISSST 2017: Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities, June 25-29, 2017, Chicago, IL. (link )

2016

Chester, M. V. 2016. Urban infrastructure adaptation for extreme events. Presentation at the City of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona.

Chester, M. V. and D. M. Iwaniec. 2016. Urban resilience to extreme events: UREx Sustainability Research Network. Presentation at the United Nationals Development Programme, Havana, Cuba.

2015

Chester, M. V., N. B. Grimm, C. L. Redman, T. R. Miller, P. T. McPhearson, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and D. G. Chandler. 2015. Developing a concept of social-ecological-technological systems to characterize resilience of urban areas and infrastructure to extreme events. Presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting 2015, 14-18 December 2015, San Francisco, California. (link )

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. V. Chester, D. M. Iwaniec, P. T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2015. Developing a concept of social-ecological-technological systems to characterize resilience of urban areas and infrastructure to extreme events. Presentation at the Complex Systems Symposium, Tempe, Arizona.

Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. V. Chester, D. M. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2015. Developing a concept of social-ecological-technological systems to characterize resilience of urban areas and infrastructure to extreme events. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link )

2013

Kimball, M. and M. V. 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.

2012

Kimball, M. and M. V. 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.

Conference Papers

2017

Kim, Y., D. Eisenberg, E. Bondank, M. V. Chester, G. Mascaro and S. Underwood. 2017. Safe-to-fail climate change adaptation strategies for Phoenix roadways under extreme precipitation. Pp. 348-363 Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017 . International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017: Policy Finance, and Education. New York, NY.

Markolf, S. A., C. Hoehne, A. Fraser and M. V. Chester. 2017. Maintaining reliability of transportation systems and interconnected infrastructure under climate change. Pp. 219-230 Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017. International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017. October 26-28, 2017, New York, NY. (link )