Leadership and Staff

Amit Goyal, Director, UB RENEW Institute Empire Innovation Professor, UB departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics and Materials, Design & Innovation. Emeritus Corporate Fellow, UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Megan joined RENEW in January 2019 as a Senior Staff Assistant. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, her Master's in Music from Juilliard, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, focusing on performance and pedagogy. 
Susan Spierre Clark is a RENEW Policy, Planning and Sustainability Specialist who focuses on decision-making for improving the sustainability and resilience of critical infrastructure systems to climate change. Her research aligns with the Climate Change and Urban Sustainability focus areas, emphasizing the social processes that are required for designing, operating, and managing resilient infrastructure systems which allow for disaster aversion through adaptive responses. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the RENEW Institute.
Zia Ahmed is a RENEW Database / Visualization Specialist. He has over 20 years of work experience in environmental modeling and data analysis. Areas of expertise include (1) data mining, (2) geographic information systems (GIS), remote/proximal sensing, and geostatistics (3) linear/non-linear model, mixed effect model, multivariate statistics and machine learning and (4) database management. He is also a Research Associate Professor in the RENEW Institute.
Michael A. Shelly is a RENEW Environmental/Ecological Economist. He is an experienced environmental economist (with over 25 years experience) who has analyzed a wide variety of projects on five continents.  He is also a Research Assistant Professor in the RENEW Institute.
Yi Zhang is a RENEW Electrom Microscopy Specialist. He is an experienced electron microscopist with over 13 years of work experience. His research interests are transmission electron microscopy (TEM) characterization of materials at atomic level, especially multifunctional oxides and superconductor materials. He is also a Research Assistant Professor in the RENEW Institute.
Eun Ju Moon is a RENEW materials scientist. She is an experienced materials scientist who has worked on physical properties optimization. Areas of expertise include heteroepitaxial thin films synthesis, magnetoelectric coupling, interfacial magnetism, 2DEG materials, and ferroelectrics. She is also a Research Assistant Professor in the RENEW Institute.
“Buffalo is my hometown and it has been unbelievable witnessing all of the recent development; I am looking forward to assisting with the City’s energy and transportation modernization.”
"I am excited to be working back in my hometown on green infrastructure projects that enhance the overall quality of life in the city. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is the driving force behind many innovative and sustainable practices which are helping to make Buffalo a model for other rust belt cities who are faced with similar challenges."
“Good governance is central to policy innovation at the local level and collaboration is crucial in executing regional visions. I am excited to participate in the City’s continued implementation of the Five Cities Energy Program and to facilitate community, government and university connections as Buffalo communicates its climate action strategy”.
I hope to use my interdisciplinary education to better facilitate the transformation of work by environmental experts into effective municipal policy, while incorporating the considerations of economic development, health, and resilience.”
Dr. Krabbenhoft’s research lies at the intersection of land and water to address how human activities impact freshwater ecosystems. With a focus on biological conservation, much of her work occurs in stream and tributary systems as a way to better understand ecosystem dynamics from stream reach to watershed scales. Her research could be broadly described as community ecology with a focus on fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates through competition, predation, and the response to outside stressors.