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 2021-2022 student board members are:

Fernando Aguilar Lopez
President of the board 2021-2022
PhD student in Industrial Ecology,  Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
I'm a third 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.


Jan Streeck
Vice-President of the board 2021-2022
PhD student, Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna
Hey there! I’m Jan and currently a 4th 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.
Akshi Singh
Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) of the board 2021-2022
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.
Baba Imoro Musah
Member of the the board 2021-2022
Kamila Krych
Member of the the board 2021-2022
PhD student in Industrial Ecology,  Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
Hi, I’m Kamila! I started my journey with industrial ecology in 2018 when I found out about it online. The same year, I got accepted into the MSc degree in Industrial Ecology at NTNU in Norway. Right now, I’m in the second year of my PhD at the same university. My work is focused on the environmental impacts of consumption of household durables and the benefits of longer product lifetimes. I use dynamic product flow modeling, and I combine it with life cycle assessment. As a board member, I want to support outreach to students so that more people get involved in our society. Please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas!
Brent McNeil
Member of the board 2021-2022
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!
Thomas Maani
Member of the board 2021-2022
Ph.D. Student in Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University
Hi, I'm Thomas. I'm a Ph.D. student at Purdue University. My research focuses on value recovery and closed-loop recycling of rare earth permanent magnets used in electric traction motors that power clean technologies such as electric vehicles and wind turbines. I use methodologies such as Material Flow Analyses, Techno-economic Assessments, and Life Cycle Assessments to investigate the role reuse, remanufacturing and recycling can play in circularizing resources. As a board member, I would like to enable more underrepresented groups to be a part of ISIE. Please feel free to reach out with questions or ideas!
Kavya Madhu
Member of the board 2021-2022

Hi! I am Kavya Madhu, PhD candidate at the University of Freiburg and working in the Industrial Ecology Group. My PhD research revolves around analyzing the impact of different pillars of Circular Economy on the environmental footprint of products and I use Life Cycle Assessment as a tool to do my analysis. As a member of the student board, I am involved in in the activities of the sub-groups- Virtual networking and SIEYP committee. If you have any ideas/suggestions/critics that you would like to share regarding the sub-groups, please feel free to reach out to me! 

Miriam Stevens
Member of the board 2021-2022
PhD student in Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University
Hello! I'm Miriam, a third year graduate student and first year PhD student at Purdue University. Prior to graduate school, I worked at the cross section of manufacturing and urban sustainability as a builder, teacher, and local government administrator in the Chicago region. I am broadly interested in enabling circular economy development at small and large scales and my research is focused on modeling the availability of secondary supplies of battery critical materials from vehicles and other products in the US. I frequently use input-output analysis and combined this technique with graph theory in my master's thesis to investigate domestic dependencies on cobalt and am integrating logistics planning and agent-based modeling into my PhD research. I'm also very interested in policy and market-based mechanisms to drive responsible supply chain initiatives. My focus as a student board member is to support the virtual networking events and peer groups; I want to help make these groups as accessible and useful to you. Please feel free to contact me.
Julius Ott
Member of the board 2021-2022
MSc Student in the Erasmus Mundus Programme on Circular Economy (CIRCLE)
After studying at the NTNU in Trondheim, Waseda University in Tokyo and the University of Graz I am currently writing my master thesis about resource efficiency by analyzing environmentally extended Input-Output tables. As a member of the student board I focus on enhancing the connection with (new) master students as well as contributing to the work in the peer groups. Furthermore, I am passionate about sustainable transportation and car-free cities. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Former student board members

  • 2020-2021: Aishwarya Iyer (President), Glenn A. Aguilar-Hernandez (Vice President), Eliette Restrepo, Diana Ita Nagy, Sónia Cunha, Daniel Itzamna Avila-Ortega, Akshi Singh, Brent McNeil, Fernando Aguilar Lopez, Jan Streeck
  • 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 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