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Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Associate Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology

exwgis@rit.edu

Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology
111 Lomb Memorial Dr
Rochester, NY 14623

Titles

  • Associate Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology

Biography

Dr. Williams' research interests include industrial ecology, life-cycle assessment, information technology, and energy systems. His best-known work addresses the environmental assessment and management of IT hardware. Dr. Williams also investigates energy topics such as long-term, second-law efficiency trends and the effects of development and urbanization on energy demand in industrializing nations. He has worked in the areas of hybrid life-cycle assessment (which combines process and economic input-output techniques), uncertainty analysis in industrial ecology, and sector-level forecasting of technological change and growth.

Education

  • PhD, State University of New York, 1993
  • BA, Macalester College, 1988

Expertise

Journal Articles

2012

Frijia, S., S. Guhathakurta and P. L. Williams. 2012. Functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling properties for the life cycle energy of residences. Environmental Science and Technology 46(3):1782-1788. (link )

Posters

2011

Frijia, S., S. Guhathakurta, P. L. Williams and A. Middel. 2011. Re-examining the life cycle energy of residences: Functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling. Poster presented on May 4, 2011 at the Community of Undergraduate/Graduate Research Scholars (COURS) Poster Session, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Frijia, S., S. Guhathakurta, P. L. Williams and A. Middel. 2011. Re-examining the life cycle energy of residences; functional unit, technological dynamics and scaling. Poster presented February 20, 2011 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (link )

Frijia, S., E. Williams, S. Guhathakurta and A. Middel. 2011. Scaling behavior of the life cycle energy of residential buildings and impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. Tempe, AZ. Poster presented at the 12-13 January 2011 CAP LTER 13th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. (link )

Presentations

2015

Guhathakurta, S. and E. Williams. 2015. The impact of urban form on energy use in central city and suburban neighborhoods: Lessons from the Phoenix metropolitan region. Presentation at the 7th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE 2015), March 28-31, 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

2014

Guhathakurta, S., E. Williams and W. Zhang. 2014. The impact of neighborhood urban form on household energy use: A case study of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Urbanization and Global Environmental Change, November 6-8, 2014, Taipei, Taiwan.

Guhathakurta, S., E. Williams and W. Zhang. 2014. Urban form and energy use in new and old residential areas in the Phoenix Metropolitan Region. Presentation at the 11th Symposium of International Urban Planning and Environment Association – IUPEA, September 16-19, 2014, La Plata, Argentina.