Paul S. Chinowsky, Co-Director

Dr. Paul S. Chinowsky is the Co-Director of iCliCS and the Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado. Professor Chinowsky is currently conducting research in the areas of infrastructure adaptation to climate change and community response to extreme events. In the area of climate change, Prof. Chinowsky has developed one of the first models that addresses an engineering perspective on infrastructure adaptation in direct response to climate change. He is currently working on research for groups including the Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations, and the World Bank to continue to refine these models and provide a global baseline for infrastructure adaptation costs. Prof. Chinowsky is actively collaborating on these topics with experts from economics, engineering, and climate in a global collaboration network. He has published results in both engineering and economic journals to disseminate the evolutionary approach to climate adaptation.

Prof. Chinowsky received his Bachelor and Master in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1987 and 1988 respectively. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Stanford University in 1991.

Kenneth Strzepek, Co-Director

Kenneth Strzepek is Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Visiting Professor of Economics and Affiliated Professor in College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute as well as an International Fellow at the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy for Africa and Examiner in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Professor Strzepek has spent 30 years as a researcher and practitioner at the nexus of engineering, environmental and economics systems. His work includes applications of operations research, engineering economics, micro-economics and environmental economics to a broad range applications: from project scale to national and global investment policy studies. He has worked for a range of national governments as well as the United Nations, the World Bank, the USAID. He has been an contributing author to the Second IPCC assessement, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the World Water Vision, and the UN World Water Development Report. He is currently the USAID Scientific Liaison Office on Water and Climate Change to the CGIAR.

Prof. Strzepek has a Ph.D. in Water Resources Systems Analysis from MIT, an MA in Economics from the University of Colorado and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Xavier Espinet, Research Associate

Xavier Espinet joined the Institute of Climate and Civil Systems as a Graduate Research Assistant in 2013. Xavier has been working with the Institute in two different areas: expanding the research on climate change impact on transportation systems and developing the software Infrastructure Planning Support System, IPSS. His work on IPSS has helped the software to become a more user-friendly tool for use in organizations and planning agencies. Before moving to the US, Xavier worked at IET, a government regional planning agency in Barcelona, and studied Infrastructure Management for eight months at Incheon University in South Korea. Xavier holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya at Barcelona, Spain with a concentration in Structures and Numerical Methods. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Systems and Infrastructures Planning at the University of Colorado Boulder with the support of a Balsells Fellowship. 

Sara Goldstein, Research Assistant

Sara Goldstein is an undergraduate research assistant with CliCS and is pursuing a BS in Environmental Engineering. Sara has a passion for quantifying the tangible impacts of climate change in addition to further understand climate change�s impact on society today. Sara is a mentor and participant in the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program at University of Colorado Boulder and has interest in working on engineering solutions abroad or opportunities in engineering philanthropy.

Jacob Helman, Research Assistant

Jacob Helman started working for the Institute for Climate and Civil Systems in the summer of 2014. He is interested in studying the effect of climate change on passive and active building energy systems, as well as its effect on overall building performance. He received a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 and is currently working on a Masters in Architectural Engineering in the Building Systems Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Aleka Stevens, Research Assistant

Aleka Stevens is an undergraduate research assistant with CliCS. She is pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Aleka is an active member of the University of Colorado Engineering Council as well as the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program. She has great interest in pursuing a career in energy innovation and other international opportunities.

Oriol Venceslao, Research Assistant

Oriol Venceslao is an undergraduate research assistant with CliCS as a visiting student researcher for 2014. His research focuses on extracting conclusions about how cities are approaching the issue of climate change, identify holes and see if trends emerge between cities of similar size, climate, GDP, or other key indicators. He is currently enrolled in his last year of Industrial Engineering specialized in management and organization from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain.

Nikki van den Heever, Research Assistant

Nikki van den Heever is an undergraduate research assistant with CliCS. She is pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in addition to minors in Business Management and Leadership. She is passionate about providing aid to developing communities through an engineering approach. She plans to work in the development sector of engineering, specifically in Southern Africa, and as a result finds the research she is doing with CliCS to be highly relevant and important.