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Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna

Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Green Design, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

khannav@pitt.edu

412-624-9603

Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
3700 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
USA

Titles

  • Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Green Design, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Biography

Dr. Khanna's research and teaching interests are in the general areas of sustainability science and engineering, industrial ecology, and role of environmental policy in engineering decision-making. The primary goal of our research is to develop and apply tools and techniques for understanding the sustainability of engineered products and processes. Current focus is on studying the life cycle environmental impacts of advanced biofuels that can act as drop in replacements for fossil fuels. His previous research on the environmental evaluation of nanotechnology focused on the life cycle energy impacts of carbon nanofibers and polymer nanocomposite materials. Dr. Khanna is also developing integrated multiscale economic-environmental models for evaluating the role of environmental policies such as carbon tax and assessing risks to complex industrial systems. Most of the projects are highly multidisciplinary and involve utilizing concepts and methods from fields such as industrial ecology, thermodynamics, systems engineering, statistics, and economics.

Education

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2009
  • MS, Applied Statistics, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • BE, Chemical Engineering, Panjab University, 2001