Sangwon Suh

Assistant Professor
Research Director of Industrial Ecology Lab

224A Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Bldg.
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6005

Phone: (612) 624-5307

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, U of M (2005 - present).
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2004 – 2005).
  • Research Scientist, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands (2002 - 2004).

<back to top>

External Services

  • 2008 – 2011 Panel member, International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).
  • 2008 – 2012 Chair-elect, Gordon Research Conference for Industrial Ecology (elected to serve in 2012 conference).
  • 2008 – 2010 Member, Working Group for Greenhouse Gas Protocol, World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
  • 2008 - 2011: Council Member (elected), The International Society for Industrial Ecology.
  • 2003 - present: Subject Editor, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
  • 2006 - present: Editorial Board member, Economic Systems Research, an official journal of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA).
  • 2006 - present: Advisory board member, Eco-Industrial Development Council.
  • 2005 - present: LCA advisory board member, SETAC-North America.
  • 2002 - 2005: LCA Steering Committee Member, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)-Europe.
  • 2002 - 2003: Peer Review Group Member, UNEP's Life Cycle Initiative.

<back to top>

Recent Publications

Authored and co-authored 2 books and about 30 journal articles for the last 5 years in SCI or SCI-E indexed journals. Publication media encompasses journals in the fields of Ecology, Environmental Science and Engineering and Economics. Some of the articles are widely cited in the fields: according to ISI, an ES&T article lead-authored in 2004 have been cited 52 times by SCI or SCIE indexed journal articles within 3 years. Also published are publicly available LCA databases, CEDA 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, distributed to thousands of licensed users world-wide. For full publication list, see Publications

Kagawa, S., Ohita, Y., Nansai, K., Suh, S., 2009: Dematerialization Has Contributed to Reducing Oil Price Pressure, Environmental Science and Technology, 43 (2), 245-252.

Nansai, K., Kagawa, S., Suh, S., Fuji, M., Inaba, R., Hashimoto, S., 2009: Materials and energy dependence of services and carbonization of consumption, Environmental Science and Technology, In Pess.

Chiu, Y., Walseth, B., Suh, S., 2008: Water footprint of biofuel in the U.S., Environmental Science and Technology, In Press.

Finnveden, G., Hauschild, M., Ekvall, T., Guinée, J., Heijungs, R., Hellweg, S., Koehler, A., Pennington, D., Suh, S., 2008: Recent developments in Life Cycle Assessment, Journal of Environmental Management, Accepted.

Schmitt-Olabisi, L., Reich, P., Johnson, K., Kapuscinski, A., Suh, S., Wilson, E., 2009: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions for climate stabilization: framing regional options, Environmental Science and Technology, In Press.

Suh, S., 2008: Natural Resources Consumption and Sustainable Industrial Development, Sustainable Industrial Development, Fall Issue: 28-41.

<back to top>

Awards and Recognition

  • Jan. 2009: McKnight-Land Grant Professor.
  • Jan. 2008: 'Thank a Teacher' award for teaching excellence, Center for Teaching and Learning, Universityof Minnesota.
  • Sep. 2007: Entry to Marquise Who'sWho in Science and Engineering
  • Jun. 2004: Cum laude, Ph.D. dissertation at Leiden University.
  • Dec. 2003: 2003 AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowship, Bedminster, NJ.
  • Dec. 2003 Best Paper Award, Joint SETAC and ISIE joint case study symposium, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Dec. 2002: 2002 AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowship, Bedminster, NJ.
  • Feb. 2002 CML Best Scientific Publication Award, Leiden.
  • Apr. 1998 The 4th Annual POSCO Prize for best articles, Pohang.

<back to top>