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Matthew J. Eckelman

Associate Professor and Associate Chair For Research,  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

  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2013 ISIE’s Laudise Young Researcher Prize
  • 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 Publications

  • R. Phillips, L. Troup, D.J. Fannon, M.J. Eckelman, Do Resilient and Sustainable Design Strategies Conflict in Commercial Buildings?, Building and Environment, 146, 2017, 295-311
  • M.J. Eckelman, J.S. Sherman, Environmental Impacts of the US Healthcare System and Effects on Public Health, PLoS ONE, 11(6), 2016, e0157014
  • Q. Tu, M.J. Eckelman, J.B. Zimmermanm, Meta-analysis and Harmonization of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Studies for Algae Biofuels, Environmental Science & Technology 51(17), 2017, 9419-9432
  • L. Pourzahedi, M. Vance, M.J. Eckelman, Life Cycle Assessment and Release Studies for 15 Nanosilver-Enabled Consumer Products: Investigating Hotspots and Patterns of Contribution, Environmental Science & Technology 51(12), 2017, 7148-7158
  • M. Saha, M.J. Eckelman, A Geospatial Assessment of Ground Level and Rooftop Urban Agriculture Potential in Boston, USA, Landscape and Urban Planning 165, 2017, 130-141


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 Full Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckleman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew […]


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”.


Nov 21, 2017

Eckelman Wins BSCE Clemens Herschel Award

CEE Assistant Professor Matt Eckelman and his former Ph.D. student Mithun Saha have won the Clemens Herschel Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, for their paper entitled “Urban Scale Mapping of Concrete Degradation from Projected Climate Change.”


Nov 07, 2017

Engineering and Public Policy Student Spotlight: Sarah Sanchez

Sarah Sanchez believes technology can be used to improve life by minimizing risks and undesirable impacts and by enrolling in the MS in Engineering and Public Policy program, she is exploring the interface between technology and society.


Nov 07, 2017

Hospitals are helping make us all sick

CEE Assistant Professor Matthew Eckelman was featured in the Popular Science article "Hospitals are helping make us all sick" which indicates that the greenhouse emissions associated with the healthcare industry are contributing to climate change related illnesses.

Jun 28, 2017

Young Scholar Program Provides Experience-Based Learning for Future Scientists and Engineers

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.


Mar 13, 2017

Eckelman Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

CEE Assistant Professor Matt Eckelman received a NEH grant which supports a national “Alliance for Response” (AFR) initiative to connect local cultural heritage institutions with their emergency professionals.

Oct 24, 2016

Global Deal to Limit Greenhouse Gases

CEE Assistant Professor Matthew Eckelman discusses the pros and cons of the recent, historic Kigali climate agreement.

Aug 18, 2016

Young Scholar Program Comes Full Circle

CEE Assistant Professor Matthew Eckelman is now teaching two Young Scholars students after completing the program himself twenty-one years ago.

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