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Deepak Sivaraman

Research Fellow
Centre for Design (CfD)
Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University (Australia)

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Deepak Sivaraman received his PhD in Energy and Electricity Systems from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2009.  His focus was in the fields of applied life cycle engineering and industrial ecology, and he received the “3M Outstanding Industrial Ecologist” award in 2008.  He is from an engineering economic background and he holds master’s degrees in both Environmental Engineering and Applied Economics.  Upon graduation he took up a postdoctoral (Research Fellow) position in the Centre for Design (CfD) at the Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in Australia.  He has published in peer-reviewed international journals such as the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Energy Policy and Environmental Engineering Science.   Dr Sivaraman’s teaching focuses on applied life cycle design, industrial ecology, sustainable energy systems, energy efficiency, residential buildings, and climate change mitigation. His research can be categorized into three areas: life cycle engineering, energy systems and integration of renewable technologies (specifically, photovoltaics) with the grid, and sustainable engineering of residential built environment. His research involves the use of a variety of methods such as life cycle modeling and costing, energy flow analysis, energy conservation and energy efficiency analysis, greenhouse gas accounting and abatement, environmental impact assessment, and economic assessment of energy and environmental regulations. In general, his research evaluates the life cycle performance of existing electricity grids and technologies, and develops industrial ecology based methods to more accurately estimate the greenhouse gas abatement potential of renewable technologies. In addition, his research also develops integrated life cycle assessment models to investigate the array of retrofit options that will reduce the life cycle primary energy demand, and greenhouse gas impact of residential buildings. Some of the specific application areas he works on include the Texas and California electricity grids, grid connected photovoltaic and fuel cell technologies, heritage residential buildings, and impending greenhouse gas regulations in the United States.