Our Team

Our team is drawn from multiple colleges across the University, working together to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering of strategic relationships, and generation of meaningful impacts from our cutting-edge research. 

Diversity & Collaboration

The most important asset at the Ohio State University is our people—the faculty, staff, and researchers who contribute to our research, teaching, and engagement activities. The SRE program is managed by a dedicated team of professionals, enabling our faculty to fully utilize the extensive capabilities of the university and our greater community. Providing critical guidance is a robust Leadership Team comprised of faculty and managers from a spectrum of disciplines and devoted to the support of collaborative research on sustainability and resilience. 

PHYSICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES

We combine expertise in engineering, ecology, chemistry, and other fundamental sciences to understand the properties of materials and energy utilized in industry and commerce, as well as the implications for human and environmental health and safety.

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

We combine expertise in economics, political science, psychology, anthropology, philosophy and other social sciences to understand the values and behaviors of various societies when confronted with decisions that will affect prosperity and well-being.

ASSESSMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE

We develop integrated models to evaluate alternative scenarios such as innovations that could improve human well-being or disruptions that could hinder progress. This includes collaboration with professional disciplines including business, policy, and law.

David Williams

Lead Dean

David Williams

Lead Dean

Dr. David B. Williams is responsible for the strategic vision, mission and goals of the college, oversees the education of more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and leads the administration of 1,200 faculty, research scientists and staff. Drawing on his extensive collaborative experience, Dean Williams continues to create partnerships between the university, the Central Ohio community, and regional and national partners including Battelle, Boeing, GE, GM, Honda, NetJets and NASA Glenn.

With his background in research, he is working to increase funding for Ohio State's many internationally recognized research centers. Williams is accomplished at managing complex organizations under financial constraints and developing universities as engines of economic growth. He has a robust history of fundraising in the public and private sectors, bringing financial support to realize the institution's strategic goals.

A native of Leeds, England, Williams holds B.A., M.A., Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge. He is a strong advocate for excellence in education and research, and is co-author and editor of 11 textbooks and conference proceedings and author or co-author of over 400 publications on the application of electron microscopy to studies of metals and alloys.

Elena Irwin

Faculty Director

Elena Irwin

Faculty Director

irwin.78@osu.edu

Elena Irwin is Faculty Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program at The Ohio State University and a Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and is a faculty leader of the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major at Ohio State University.  

Elena’s research focuses on the economics of land use change and the development of integrated models of land use and ecosystem services at local and regional scales. Currently, she has several research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), including development of spatial models of exurban land markets and modeling the impacts of land use policy on watershed flows and nutrient run-off into Lake Erie. She is also a Co-Investigator with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, an NSF-funded Long Term Ecological Research project that is examining the influence of policies on urbanization patterns and ecosystem services. Her research has also received funding from a variety of other sources, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Sea Grant Program, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Her research has been published in disciplinary journals such as JEEM, ERE, AJAE, Annual Review of Resource Economics,Land EconomicsJ of Economic Geography, as well as interdisciplinary science journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, J of Environmental Management, Landscape Ecology, and Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

Elena is a member of the US EPA Advisory Subcommittee for the Sustainable and Healthy Communities and was recently elected as a board member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She served as a member of a National Research Council committee on land change modeling and co-authored the report Advancing Land Change Modeling: Opportunities and Research Requirements (published by the National Academies Press in 2014). She is the co-recipient of the 2009 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America and the 2008 recipient of the North American Regional Science Council’s Hewings Award for distinguished young scholars in regional science. She was recognized in 2015 with a “NACTA Educator Award” by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture association. She received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in history and German (1988) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland (1998).

Joseph Fiksel

Executive Director

Joseph Fiksel

Executive Director

fiksel.2@osu.edu

Dr. Joseph Fiksel serves as Executive Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program at The Ohio State University, and is a research faculty member in the Integrated Systems Engineering Department. He coordinates Ohio State’s collaboration with leading global companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to develop new methods and tools for improving the sustainability and resilience of enterprises and supply chains. Joseph is recognized internationally as an expert on sustainable business practices, with over 25 years of experience in environmental risk management, product stewardship, supply chain management, and corporate responsibility. From 2010 to 2014 he served as the Special Assistant for Sustainability at the U.S. EPA, helping to incorporate sustainability and systems thinking into the agency’s research and development programs.

A native of Montreal, Joseph began his career at DuPont of Canada, and then joined Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he founded and led the Decision and Risk Management consulting group. Later, he served as Vice President for Life Cycle Management at Battelle, where he directed the Responsible Care® Product Stewardship program. His clients have included major multi-national companies in the automotive, electronics, consumer products, defense, chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, glass, cement, and electric power industries. He managed several major projects for the Global Environmental Management Initiative, a consortium of over 40 leading U.S. companies, to develop tools that capture the business value of environmental excellence and sustainability. He also directed a $2.5 million study of the global cement industry sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, leading to a sustainability action plan and goals announced in 2002.

Joseph has served on numerous advisory boards, including the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO 14000 and the advisory boards for sustainable enterprise MBA programs at both University of Michigan and University of North Carolina. He was an officer and founding member of the Society for Risk Analysis, and has testified on health risk analysis issues before Congressional and White House committees. He has published over 100 refereed articles and several books, and is a frequent invited speaker at business and professional conferences. His most recent book, Design for Environment, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Sustainable Product Development, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2009. Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T., a doctorate in Operations Research from Stanford University, and an advanced degree in applied mathematics from La Sorbonne.

Melissa Amos

Program Coordinator

Melissa Amos

Program Coordinator

amos.126@osu.edu

Melissa Amos joined the SRE team in Feb 2016 as the Program Coordinator, tasked with program and research development, communications, event coordination, overseeing hiring, on-boarding and mentoring programs in addition to managing day to day administrative tasks.

Melissa began her career with The Ohio State University in 2013 as a Program Coordinator in Enrollment Services and also managed departmental course scheduling and curriculum for the Department of Educational Studies in the college of Education and Human Ecology.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Melissa served for 10 years in the United States Air Force as an Information Systems Specialist in the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Following her military service, Melissa joined US Airways as a Flight Training Analyst in the Airbus Fleet where she analyzed and helped develop an aircraft specific flight training curriculum.  She then returned to federal service as the Information Technology Manager for the Charlotte Regional Office of the US Census Bureau before venturing into the realm of higher education as a Digital Records Analyst at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon Women’s College in International Relations, with a concentration on Latin American and Women’s Studies.  She plans to pursue a graduate degree at The Ohio State University.

Alan Randall

Resident Scholar

Alan Randall

Resident Scholar

randall.3@osu.edu

Alan Randall is a professor emeritus and part-time scholar in residence in the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme at the Ohio State University, and an honorary professor of Economics and Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in environmental economics with modest sidelines in research methods and environmental ethics. His writings include Risk and Precaution (Cambridge University Press 2011), Resource Economics: An Economic Approach to Natural Resource and Environmental Policy (4th ed, Edward Elgar, 2016 in press, with John C. Bergstrom), Making the Environment Count: Selected Essays, (Edward Elgar, 1999), and numerous journal articles.

In addition to research and classroom teaching, he has supervised 28 PhD students to graduation, served as chair of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State (1998-2010) and head of Agricultural and Resource Economics at U Sydney (2011-2014), and has been active in consulting and on committees advisory to various public agencies. Alan holds two honorary doctorates, is a Fellow of three scholarly societies, recently served as President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, and completed a 6-year term on the US National Research Council standing committee on human dimensions of global change. He chaired the long-serving external review panel for the recent Australian National Outlook project, which was featured in Nature on November 5, 2015.

Kathy Jackson

Program Assistant

Kathy Jackson

Program Assistant

jackson.2942@osu.edu

Engaged Faculty

Ohio State as a whole is committed to an emphasis on diversity in our faculty hiring and career development. Diversity is not just about ethnicity. We seek diversity in cultural and professional backgrounds to enrich the creativity of our interdisciplinary community of practice. Across the university there are approximately 150 faculty members affiliated with SRE that are pursuing relevant research, supporting new faculty recruitment, or engaging in collaborative initiatives to develop new knowledge.

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