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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Office

  • 425 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.4256

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Research Focus

Life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis, sustainable production and green design, energy systems and emissions modeling, climate change and health, healthcare sustainability

Education

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2010
  • M.S., M.Phil., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2006
  • B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Amherst College, 2000

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 Stanford University World’s Top 2% Scientists
  • 2021 Emerging Leaders Forum Presenter, National Academy of Medicine
  • 2019 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow
  • 2017 Clemens Herschel Award for Civil Engineering Research, Boston Society of Civil Engineering Section
  • 2016 National Academy of Engineering Exemplar in Engineering Ethics Education
  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2013 ISIE’s Laudise Young Researcher Prize
  • 2008-2010 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2007 NSF EAPSI Fellow, Japan

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

Life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis, sustainable production and green design, energy systems and emissions modeling, climate change and health, healthcare sustainability

Selected Research Projects

  • Integrated Modeling of Air Quality, Carbon, and Climate at a City Scale for Co-benefit Mitigation
    • – co-PI, NOAA
  • 4C2B: Century-scale Carbon-sequestration in Cross-laminated timber Composite Bolted-steel Buildings
    • – co-PI, ARPA-E
  • Sustainability Tools in Cultural Heritage
    • – PI, National Endowment for the Humanities

Research Centers and Institutes

Selected Publications

  • Sherman, J.D., MacNeill, A., Biddinger, P.D., Ergun, O., Salas, R.N., Eckelman, M.J. (2023).  Sustainable and Resilient Healthcare in the Face of a Changing Climate. Annual Review of Public Health 44, 255-277. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-071421-051937
  • Namin, A., Eckelman, M.J., Isaacs, J.A. (2023). Technical Feasibility of Powering U.S. Industry with On-site Solar PV.  Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability 3, 011002. doi: 10.1088/2634-4505/acb5bf
  • Phillips, R.E., Troup, L.N., Fannon, D.F., Eckelman, M.J. (2022). Dynamic Modeling of Future Climatic and Technological Trends on Life Cycle Global Warming Impacts and Occupant Satisfaction in US Office Buildings. Energy and Buildings 256, 111705. doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111705

PhD

Jan 18, 2024

Engineers Without Borders Experience Leads to Pursuit of an MS in Engineering and Public Policy

Melanie Marino, who is pursuing an MS in Engineering and Public Policy, as well as a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, was drawn to advance her education in public policy after a trip with Engineers Without Borders to Tanzania, which required working with the local government to help a village with an unreliable supply […]

Faculty

Dec 07, 2023

2023 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2% 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 those […]

Spotlight Story

Oct 10, 2023

PhD Spotlight: Sarah Sanchez, PhD’23, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sarah Sanchez earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Northeastern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As an undergraduate, she studied sustainable cities and systems, designing the environmental infrastructure for a brand-new city of 200,000 in China as a capstone project. As a member of the inaugural class of Northeastern’s MS in engineering and public […]

Faculty

Aug 31, 2023

Eckelman Publishes Book on “Industrial Ecology and Sustainability”

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman published a book on “Industrial Ecology and Sustainability.”

Matthew Eckelman

In the Media

Jul 06, 2023

New study shows how U.S. factories could dramatically cut costs with one simple adjustment: ‘This must change’

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman was featured in the Yahoo News article “New study shows how U.S. factories could dramatically cut costs with one simple adjustment: ‘This must change’.”

Matthew Eckelman

Faculty

May 16, 2023

Determining the Feasibility of Rooftop Solar PV for Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman and MIE Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Jacqueline Isaacs published their research on the “Technical feasibility of powering U.S. manufacturing with rooftop solar PV” in the Environmental Research: Sustainability and Infrastructure journal.

Matthew Eckelman

In the Media

May 15, 2023

Rooftop Solar Panels Could Power One Third of US Manufacturing Sector

A new study on “Technical feasibility of powering U.S. manufacturing with rooftop solar PV” published by CEE Associate Professor Matthew Eckelman in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research: Sustainability and Infrastructure has been featured in EurekAlert!, Yahoo News, Newswise, SciTechDaily, Electrek, PV Magazine, ScienceBlog.com, SolarPowerWorld, Gizmodo, AZO CleanTech, and USTimePost.

Faculty

Feb 08, 2023

Building a Carbon Negative Future with Steel and Cross Laminated Timber

In a new $3.1M grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Northeastern Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair and CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar will lead a multi-institution team of researchers developing a new carbon sequestration technique using cross-laminated timber composite floor systems in bolted steel construction for building structures.

Faculty

Nov 02, 2022

2022 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

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

In the Media

Oct 27, 2022

‘If I Were a Hospital, I’d be Reading the Tea Leaves’: Pressures Grow on the Health Care Industry to Reduce its Climate Pollution

The widely quoted statistic that health care accounts for 8.5% of the nation’s emissions was developed by Matthew Eckelman, associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Northeastern University, Yale’s Sherman, and other colleagues.  (Featured in Stat News)

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