Matthew J. Eckelman

Associate Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Affiliated Faculty,  School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs


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  • 425 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.4256

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Research Focus

Environmental engineering and sustainability; life cycle assessment; energy efficiency and emissions modeling; environmental assessment of bio and nanomaterials; material and energy use in urban buildings and infrastructure


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2009
  • M.S., M.Phil., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2006
  • B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Amherst College, 2000

Honors & Awards

  • 2019 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow
  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2013 ISIE’s Laudise Young Researcher Prize
  • National Academy of Engineering Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Education
  • Clemens Herschel Award for Civil Engineering Research, Boston Society of Civil Engineering Section
  • 2012 Anesthesia & Analgesia paper selected for Continuing Medical Education program
  • 2008-2010 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2009 Project Award, Air & Waste Management Association
  • 2007 ES&T paper featured in ACS Chemical & Engineering News
  • 2007 NSF EAPSI Fellow, Japan
  • 2007 World Fellow, Coca-Cola Foundation
  • 2007 ES&T paper featured in Science magazine literature highlights

Professional Affiliations

  • American Center for Life Cycle Assessment
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • International Society for Industrial Ecology

Research Overview

Environmental engineering and sustainability; life cycle assessment; energy efficiency and emissions modeling; environmental assessment of bio and nanomaterials; material and energy use in urban buildings and infrastructure

Selected Research Projects

  • Air Climate and Energy Center—SEARCH: Solutions for Energy Air Climate and Health
    Senior Personnel, Environmental Protection Agency
  • CAREER: Building Chemical Synthesis Networks for Life Cycle Hazard Modeling
    Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • A.G. Parvatker, M.J. Eckelman, Simulation-Based Estimates of Life Cycle Inventory Gate- To-Gate Process Energy use for 151 Organic Chemical Syntheses, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 8(23), 2020, 8519-8536
  • L.N. Troup, M.J. Eckelman, D.F. Fannon, Simulating Future Energy Consumption in Office Buildings using an Ensemble of Morphed Climate Data, Applied Energy, 255, 2019, 113821
  • N. Watts, M.J. Eckelman, J. Chambers, The 2019 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change: Ensuring that the Health of a Child Born Today is not Defined by a Changing Climate, The Lancet, 394(10211), 2019, 1836-1878
  • S.M. Rahman, M.J. Eckelman, A. Onnis-Hayden, A.Z. Gu, Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes for Removal of Chemicals of Emerging Concern, Environmental Science and Technology, 52, 2018, 11346-11358
Matthew Eckelman

In the Media

May 09, 2022

How Bad are Incandescent Light Bulbs for the Environment?

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman was featured in the Popular Science article “How bad are incandescent light bulbs for the environment?“


Apr 28, 2022

FY23 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 15 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY23 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.


Dec 23, 2021

COE Professors Selected in Stanford University List of Top 2% Scientists Worldwide

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]

Matthew Eckelman


Dec 08, 2020

Matt Eckelman Leads Health Sector Emissions Assessment Section of 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman led the Health Sector Emissions section of the newest report on health and climate change released by the academic journal The Lancet.

sustainable building materials exhibition


Feb 18, 2020

DURABLE: Sustainable Material Ecologies, Assemblies and Cultures

A  new exhibition at the BSA Space – DURABLE: Sustainable Material Ecologies, Assemblies, and Cultures, curated by CEE faculty David Fannon and Matthew Eckelman, as well as Architecture faculty Michelle Laboy and Peter Wiederspahn, explores the materials used to construct the built environment which are critical components to the sustainability of our cities.

cover of Essentials of Civil Engeering Materials


Feb 10, 2020

Essentials of Civil Engineering Materials

CEE Associate Teaching Professor Kathryn E. Schulte Grahame, Assistant Teaching Professor Craig M. Shillaber, and Associate Professor Matthew J. Eckelman published the book “Essentials of Civil Engineering Materials”.

Matthew Eckelman


Jan 17, 2020

Protecting a Museums Health and Collections

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman is part of a team working with the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works to receive continued funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to establish a life cycle assessment tool and preventive conservation library.


Aug 01, 2019

Eckelman Selected for ES&T and ES&T Letters Early Career Scientists Virtual Issue

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Research Matthew J. Eckelman was selected by the journals Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) and Environmental Science & Technology Letters (ES&T Letters) for inclusion in their Early Career Scientists Virtual Issue.


Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckelman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew Webber, […]


Sep 06, 2018

Creating an Optimal Sharing Economy

Professors Ozlem Ergun (MIE), Haris Koutsopoulos (CEE), and Jennie Stephens (CSSH/Affiliated CEE) were awarded a $99K NSF grant for a “Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Sharing economy – Humans, Automation, Resilience and Engineering: SHARE”.

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