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 six 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. During the 2019-2020 term, exceptionally, the board is composed by eight members. One of the remaining board members serves as the president of the board for a single year. 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 2018-2019 student board members are:

Zhengyang Zhang
President of the board 2019-2020
Assistant Professor, Tohoku University, Japan
I just received my Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Tohoku University in March 2020. My research interests involve MFA, waste management, vehicle recycling, and nonmarket valuation. I have four years of work experience in the industrial wastes recycling business as a project planner in a private sector. The knowledge and skills gained during professional practice always inspire me to come up with efficient ideas at work as well as achieve high performance through team building.
Aishwarya Iyer
Vice President of the board 2019-2020
PhD Student, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
Aishwarya Iyer is a second-year PhD student at the School of 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 energy systems and transitions analyses using LCA and MFA.
Amanda Gcanga
Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) of the board 2019-2020
PhD Student, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Amanda is a project manager at the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, mainly coordinating water governance and management projects around collaboration. She has a passion for governance within public institutions. Which includes adaptable and proactive management, effective coordination of multisectoral, multidisciplinary and innovative approaches to result in functional institutions. She has a post-graduate degree in International Land and Water Management, and has worked in water governance-related projects in the Netherlands, Spain, Malawi and South Africa. Amanda is in her final year of a PhD study in water governance transitions at Stellenbosch University. She is an International WaTERS fellow.
Eliette Restrepo
Vice-Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) of the board 2019-2020
PhD in Industrial Ecology,  Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
Hi! I'm Eliette. 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. I worked as a researcher at Empa in St. Gallen, Switzerland, in combination with my PhD studies until March 2020 in the topic of car electronics recycling. My role in the ISIE Student Chapter is to support you with matters related to diversity and inclusion.


Joe Bozeman III
Board Member At-Large
Chair, Gordon Research Seminar (Industrial Ecology), Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA
Joe F. Bozeman III originally hails from Dayton, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Concentration: Energy and Environmental Sustainability) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in year 2020. His current research explores climate change, socioecology, and human health as it relates to the food-energy-water nexus and global environmental change. He has spent more than a decade working in the private and public sector on energy and environmental sustainability matters, and his works have been featured in domestic and international outlets such as Popular Science, Geographical Magazine, and WBEZ 91.5 (NPR Chicago).  
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.
Glenn A. Aguilar-Hernandez
Board Member At-Large
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.
Sónia Cunha
Board Member At-Large
PhD student,  Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), UL, Portugal
Daniel Itzamna Avila-Ortega
Board Member-At-Large


Former student board members

  • 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 Şen, 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

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