Board of Representatives

Hi! We are the board members of the ISIE Student Chapter. Feel free to contact us anytime!

The roles of the board

We are the representatives of the students in ISIE’s governing bodies. Among our work, we:

  • Serve as liaisons between students and ISIE.

  • Represent the student community in the ISIE council and other governing bodies.

  • Compile and publish the students’ newsletters.

  • Lead the organization of student activities (workshops, competitions, meetings…) at ISIE related conferences, including the ISIE biannual conference, section meetings, and the Gordon Research Conference and Symposium.

  • Maintain a database of resources for students: study programs, funding options, etc.

  • Help in finding and obtaining scholarships for ISIE’s students.

  • Distribute and help the students exchange information regarding conferences, employment opportunities, and collaborations.

  • Maintain this website.

The structure of the board
The Student Chapter Board is normally composed of eight to ten student volunteer members elected by the ISIE student members. The term of a board member is two years, and terms in the board are staggered: each year 3 new board members are elected in October-November to replace retiring board members. Two continuing members of the Student Chapter Board take on the responsibilities of President and Vice-President respectively. This ensures continuity in the Student Chapter. If you are a student member of ISIE, you can become a board member! You'll get a notice about the next elections by e-mail.
The 2020-2021 student board members are:

Aishwarya Iyer
President of the board 2020-2021
PhD student, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale School of the Environment, USA
Aishwarya Iyer is a PhD candidate at the School of the Environment at Yale University, and works with the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology. Her thesis work includes an extended life-cycle analysis with special focus on material, energy and emissions flows from residential buildings in urban India. She graduated with a B.Tech in Energy Science and Engineering, and M.Tech in Energy Systems Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in August 2018. In her Masters Thesis Project, she worked on creating a simple tool to analyze the feasibility and economic impacts of different fuel mixes in the power sector in the future. Her main fields of scientific interest include using Industrial Ecology tools to identify environmentally and energy efficient strategies for different sectors in developing countries.
Glenn A. Aguilar-Hernandez
Vice-President of the board 2020-2021

PhD student, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, the Netherlands


I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial Ecology at CML, Leiden University. My research focuses on understanding the environmental and socio-economic implications of a circular economy transition at macro-level. My experience comprises scientific research in academic and non-academic organizations regarding multiple subjects, such as climate change, circular economy, bioenergy and sustainability analysis. I obtained a Bachelor degree of Chemistry from the University of Costa Rica, and a Master of Sustainability from the University of Sydney, Australia. I worked as production supervisor and researcher in the biofuel industry. Moreover, I contributed to bioenergy projects and a climate change adaptation program at the University of Costa Rica.


Eliette Restrepo
Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) of the board 2020-2021
PhD in Industrial Ecology,  Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU

Hi! I'm Eliette. I am a Data Scientist at Roche. I recieved my PhD in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU in 2020. I hold a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineer from EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia (2008), and obtained a Master's degree in environmental engineering from the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland in 2013. My role in the ISIE Student Chapter is to support you with matters related to diversity and inclusion.


Fernando Aguilar Lopez
Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) of the board 2020-2021
PhD student in Industrial Ecology,  Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
I'm a second year PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My research focuses on the material availability for lithium-ion batteries in the electric mobility sector, particularly, in how their supply could be ensured through recycling. To this end, I use modelling techniques such as material flow analysis to investigate the different options to solve this problem, model intended and unintended consequences of these options, and support decision making for politicians and industry stakeholders. I am an active member in the IS4IE as an At-large Board Member and as part of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. We invite you to reach out for support in any of these matters.
Akshi Singh
Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) of the board 2020-2021
Master's student in Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT)
I am a second year MSc student at the University of Cape Town, with a keen interest in circular economies. My research involves the analysis of metals in the automotive sector using industrial ecology and chemical engineering tools. I graduated with a BSc (eng) in Chemical Engineering degree in 2017 and have experience working in the asset management sector. I use economy-wide MFA and dynamic stock modelling techniques to understand current process and their future implications on resource availability and circularity. As a member of the student board, I hope to support you with any relevant matters, we welcome you to reach out.
Diana Ita Nagy
Board Member At-Large
PhD student,  Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Peru
My name is Diana Ita, I am an environmental engineer with an MSc in Industrial Ecology from Leiden University and TU Delft, in the Netherlands. I am currently a 2nd year PhD student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. My research involves the assessment of impacts of marine debris, with a focus on plastic waste, using LCA and MFA as the main tools. Additionally, I have five years of work experience as a consultant, specifically for the environmental management of extractive activities in Peru. My experience has pushed me to seek for efficient solutions from an environmental perspective, and has encouraged me to keep a holistic view when working with multidisciplinary groups.
Sónia Cunha
Board Member At-Large
PhD student,  Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), UL, Portugal
My name is Sónia Cunha, I am currently a Ph.D. of the Sustainable Energy Systems of the MIT Portugal Program at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal. After finishing my masters in Mechanical Engineering, I worked as an academic researcher for the H2020 Sharing Cities Project. In 2016, I started a Ph.D. focusing on the study of material flows and sustainable development. I have developed a methodological framework to study socio-economic metabolism, that includes the compilation of PIOTs for many countries and years. I am now using this tool to study how can we work towards a prosperous future in which both humans and the natural environment can thrive and evolve. Besides socio-economic metabolism, I am also interested in urban metabolism and building energy analysis as well as sustainable innovative solutions for a myriad of problems.
Daniel Itzamna Avila-Ortega

Board Member At-Large
Brent McNeil

Board Member At-Large

MSc Student in Industrial Ecology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU
I am currently an MSc candidate in Industrial Ecology at NTNU in Norway. Prior to this, I obtained a Bachelor’s in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada. I have also worked as a tailings engineer on mine waste projects throughout Africa, Australia and the Americas. My academic interests in the field of industrial ecology include the impact of renewable energy technologies on critical metal cycles and the energy-materials-water nexus. At a higher level, I have an avid interest in the political economy and conflict implications of natural resources. As a board member, I would like to be as accessible as possible to individuals across disciplines, industries and educational programs. Please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Jan Streeck

Board Member At-Large

PhD student, Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna
Hey there! I’m Jan and currently a 3rd year PhD student at the Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. My thesis is dealing with national case studies on economy-wide material use and stocks as part of a larger team effort to build a global database. I am trying to advance the detail of these material accounts to connect the use of materials to the services and well-being humans receive from these. On the methodological side I frequently work with the methods of dynamic Material Flow Analysis and Input-Output Models. In the future I am keen to integrate more knowledge from behavioural and economic sciences and work towards Integrated Assessment Models.

Former student board members

  • 2019-2020: Zhengyang Zhang (President), Aishwarya Iyer (Vice President), Amanda Gcanga (Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer), Eliette Restrepo (Vice Diversity & Inclusion Officer), Glenn A. Aguilar-Hernandez, Joe Bozeman III, Sónia Cunha, Daniel Itzamna Avila-Ortega, Diana Ita Nagy, Paul Currie. 
  • 2018-2019: Reed Miller (President), Stefanie Klose (Vice President), Amanda Gcanga (Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer), Hanjiro Ambrose, Joe Bozeman III, Paul Currie, Nathalie Spittler, Zhengyang Zheng,
  • 2017-2018: Christoph Helbig (President), Dana Boyer (Vice President), Ana Rosa Rabelo de Lima, Yuwei Qin, Stefanie Klose, Hanjiro Ambrose, Reed Miller
  • 2016-2017: Alessio Miatto (President), Carla Caldeira, Éléonore Lebre, Maryam Arbabzadeh,Ana Rosa Rabelo de Lima, Christoph Helbig, Dana Boyer, Yuwei Qin
  • 2015-2016: Moana Silva Simas (President), Alessio Miatto, Carla Caldeira, Éléonore Lebre, Ignes Augusta Castro Contreiras de Carvalho, Luis Felipe Vásquez Correa, Maryam Arbabzadeh
  • 2014-2015: Tomer Fishman (President), Alfred Wreh, Carolin Bellstedt, Ignes Augusta Castro Contreiras de Carvalho, Luis Felipe Vásquez Correa, Moana Silva Simas
  • 2013-2014: Xiao Li (President), Burak ┼×en, Carolin Bellstedt, Claire Antalya, Lin Shi, Tomer Fishman
  • 2012-2013: Graham Aid (President), Claire Antalya, Emma Keller, Simone Pereira de Souza, Prakhar Goel, Xiao Li
  • 2011-2012: Susan Spierre (President), Ankit Aggarwal, Emma Keller, Graham Aid, Simone Pereira de Souza, and Yu Li
  • 2010-2011: Catherine Izard (President), Ankit Aggarwal, Dexin Luo, Geoffrey Gilpin, Susan Spierre, Vivian Li