Energy Center

Economics and Policy

Research activities in this group deal with analysis both ex ante and ex post of potential economic viability of alternative pathways (feedstock plus conversion technology) as well as life-cycle analysis of each pathway.



Otto Doering

Public policy on argiculture, natural resources and energy


William Field

Agricultural safety and health


Linda Prokopy

Partnering for land use sustainability


Darrell Schulze

Soil mineralogy/ chemistry/ pedology


Juan Sesmero

Natural resource & environmental economics


Farzad Taheripour

Energy economist


Wallace Tyner

Economic and policy analysis for biofuels


Fu Zhao

Life cycle analysis

Technical Contact

Dr. Nicholas Carpita
Department of Botany & Plant Pathology

Collaborating Laboratories

Biofeedstock and Water Quality Project
Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio)
Laboratory of Renewable Resource Engineering (LORRE)
Purdue Center for Research on Energy Systems and Policy (CRESP)
Purdue Extension Bioenergy Series
The Air Transport Insitute for Environmental Sustainability (Air TIES)

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Mann Hall, Rm 105
203 South Martin Jischke Dr.
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1971