Yuan Yao
Yale University
New Haven, CT, United States
Member ID 0679
Member since Apr 08, 2015
Status Active


Yuan Yao is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems at the Yale School of the Environment, Yale University. Yuan uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, operations research, and big data analytics to develop systematic and scientific rigorous methodologies to support engineering and policy decisions towards sustainability. She develops new methods and integrated modeling frameworks to assess, advance, and optimize industrial systems for improved environmental and societal outcomes. Current research projects focus on the bioeconomy and sustainable production.


Yuan Yao received her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in the U.S. and a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Northeastern University in China. She also has a Management for Scientists and Engineers from Kellogg Business School. Yuan receives the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early CAREER Award in 2019. She has been named to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers "35 Under 35" list for emerging leaders in chemical engineering. She also receives the Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology. Her research have been published in journals such as Science, Nature Sustainability, Environmental Science and Technology and many others. Yuan serves on journals including the Journal of Industrial Ecology as a guest editor and Resources, Conservation & Recycling as an Associate Editor.

For more information about Dr. Yao's research group: https://yao.research.yale.edu/

Research Interests

Life Cycle Assessment; Systems Modeling; Techno-Economic Analysis; Sustainable Engineering; Biofuel and Bio-Based Materials; Data Analytics and Machine Learning; Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

Website contributions from this member

22 Dec 2023 LCA Postdoc position at Yale with $65,000+/year - Yale University
22 Aug 2023 Postdoctoral Position on Sustainable Forest Resource Utilization - Yale University
26 Jun 2023 Postdoctoral Scholar Position - Yale University
10 Feb 2021 Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Sustainable Development Goals Special Issue in the Journal of Industrial Ecology
12 Nov 2020 Special Issue in JIE about Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Sustainable Development Goals
18 Sep 2020 Call for Papers on the Special Issue of Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews -- Advanced life-cycle modeling of energy and agroecosystems
02 Jul 2020 Our highlight this week: Yuan Yao
08 May 2018 Recent study on carbon capture potential and cost of carbon capture technology application in the U.S. refining industry
30 Nov 2017 Methanol Economy in China: Short-term and Long-term Perspectives