Associate 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
- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Mikhail Chester joined the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering School as an associate 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.
- 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
- air quality
- energy consumption
- policy and governance
- supply chain
- energy and environmental impacts of infrastructure systems
- urban infrastructure
- environmental policy
- energy policy
- life cycle assessment
- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Chester, M. 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. 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. 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 )
McPhillips, L., H. Chang, M. Chester, Y. Depietri, E. Friedman, N. B. Grimm, J. S. Kominoski, P. T. McPhearson, P. Mendez-Lazaro, E. Rosi-Marshall and J. Shafiei Shiva. 2018. Defining extreme events: A cross-disciplinary review. Earth’s Future 6(3):441-455. DOI: 10.1002/2017EF000686. (link )
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. 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. 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 )
Burillo, D., M. 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. 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 )
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. 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 )
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 )
Chester, M., 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. 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 )
Romero-Lankao, P., O. Wilhelmi and M. Chester. 2018. Live with risk while reducing vulnerability. Pp. 92-112 Urban Planet: Knowledge towards Sustainable Cities. Cambridge University Press. Oxford, UK. ISBN: 9781107196933.
Markolf, S. A., M. 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 )
Kim, Y., D. A. Eisenberg, E. Bondank, M. 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. 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.
Grimm, N. B., C. L. Redman, M. 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 )
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 )
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 )
Feagan, M., R. J. Hobbins, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, N. B. Grimm, M. 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. 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. 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 )
Grimm, N., M. 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. 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. 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 )
Chester, M. 2016. Urban infrastructure adaptation for extreme events. Presentation at the City of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona.
Chester, M. and D. M. Iwaniec. 2016. Urban resilience to extreme events: UREx Sustainability Research Network. Presentation at the United Nationals Development Programme, Havana, Cuba.
Chester, M., 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. 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. 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 )
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.
Markolf, S. A., C. Hoehne, A. Fraser and M. 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 )