Yiwen Chiu

Research Assistant
PhD Student, Water Resources Science

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

Phone: (612) 625-8216
Fax: (612) 624-3005
E-mail: chiux030@umn.edu
Website: www.umn.edu/~chiux030

As a Ph.D. candidate and 8 years of research experience, I have explored the field of water sustainability in depth with the goal of satisfying the increased energy and food demands without degrading water resources. As a perseverant effort, my study will aim to bridge the social elements and natural resources variables to enhance the policy-making process with practical tools and feasible frameworks.

Education

  • PhD Program, Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota;
  • M.S., Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota;
  • B.S., Dept. of Forest, Natural Resource Management Division, National Taiwan University.

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Experience

  • Research assistant, University of Minnesota;
  • Assistant researcher and executive coordinator, Water Environmental Research Center, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan;
  • Project coordinator and research assistant, Water Environmental Research Center, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan;
  • Assistant instructor, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan.

 

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Areas of Interest

  • Watershed and natural resource management;
  • Water resources assessment;
  • Environmental change and scenario assessment;
  • Ecological engineering.

 

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Current & Past Projects

U of M

  • Future energy and water resources of Minnesota , 2008 - present;
  • Minnesota water budget analysis, 2007 - present;
  • Minnesota 2050: pathways to a sustainable future, 2006;
  • Study in public drainage ditch buffer efficiency, 2006;
  • CO2 flux in different types of forest ecosystem, 2006;
  • Establishing standardized procedure for ecological engineering projects, 2005.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

  • Ecological impact assessment of biofuel water consumption, 2009 - present.

Taiwan

  • Plan and Design Project of Extending Highway Interchange System at Dah-Hwa, 2004;
  • The Establishment of Ecological Engineering Methods in Watersheds (IV), 2003.

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Publications

Textbook

Lin, J.Y., Y.W. Chiu , Introduction to Ecological Engineering Methods. Ming-Wen Books, Taipei , Taiwan (2003).

Journal or Conference

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

Chiu, Y.W., Walseth, B., and Suh, S., Water Footprint of Corn-based Ethanol Biofuel in Minnesota. LCA 2008.

Olabisi, L.S., Suh, S., Chiu, Y.W., Water and Energy Future. Minnesota Water Resource Conference 2008 (poster session).

Chiu, Y.W., Suh, S. Spatially Explicit Water Budget Analysis Using GIS-Based Stocks-And-Flows Model. AWRA 2008.

Chiu, Y.W., Suh, S. A Multi-Media Stocks and Flows Model for Regional Water Budget Analysis. International Society of Industrial Ecology, ISIE 2007 (Poster session).

 

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Awards/Honors

  • International Research Support Grants, Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2009.
  • International Conference Supporting Grants, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago, 2008;
  • Travel Grants, Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2008;
  • Travel Grants, Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2007;
  • International Conference Supporting Grants, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chicago, 2007;
  • Tuition fellowship, Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, 2004-2005.

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