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Meet Our Students - Binod Neupane

Binod NeupaneWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
I joined the EES program Spring 2013.

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D. with a concentration on Life Cycle Sustainability of Cellulosic Drop-In fuel and an M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy.

Who is your academic advisor?
Jonathan Rubin and Sharon Klein

What prior degrees do you have?
B.S. Forestry (Institute of Forestry, Nepal), M.S. Forest Resources (University of Maine)

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
While I was doing undergraduate in Forestry in Nepal, I always had a desire to pursue advanced studies in alternative fuels produced from forest biomass. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I was looking for an opportunity for further study. And I came to know that UMaine is one of the leading institutes in the bioenergy research sector. The reason that I came to UMaine and in EES program is largely due to its research environment.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
My concentration is Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Sustainability. I am developing a decision support system to model different decision variables on environmental and socio-economic aspects of the emerging drop-in fuel market. My proposed model integrates life cycle assessment, life cycle costing, and stakeholder perceptions in a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) of drop-in biofuels. The final outcome of this model will optimize the overall economic, environmental and social sustainability of the drop-in fuel supply chain.

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
Actually, I have liked all the classes I have taken. To pick just a few, I liked BUA 638 Model-Based Decision Making, ECO 572 Advanced Resource Economics, ECO 590 Energy Law and Science, and ECO 581 Modeling Sustainability classes.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why?
The most exciting part of my research work is to model a complex system of biofuels supply chain. In a biofuels production system, there are many actors with different interests and objectives. Finding an optimal biofuels production scenario out of many possible scenarios developed from the interactions of different supply chain actors is always challenging and rewarding.

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
UMaine and EES program have a lot to offer, let’s explore.

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