RENEW Institute Alumni

Former RENEW Faculty & Staff

10/3/19
Susan Spierre Clark, formerly RENEW’s Policy, Planning and Sustainability Specialist (until December 2018), focused on decision-making for improving the sustainability and resilience of critical infrastructure systems to climate change. Her research aligned 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.
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Kevin Meindl joined The RENEW Institute as a Green Infrastructure Fellow in 2016. While at RENEW he worked on projects that aimed to enhance the overall quality of life in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. These projects included the design and construction of over 200 individual bio retention green infrastructure sites, managing 5 large green infrastructure and capital improvement projects totaling over $36M, performing community outreach around green infrastructure, performing and leading surface area and tree canopy analysis for the City of Buffalo, and creating a green infrastructure strategic framework plan and opportunity analysis which will guide 5+ years of green infrastructure projects within the City of Buffalo.
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Kelley Mosher joined RENEW in June of 2018 as a Project Assistant. Kelley worked with the City of Buffalo to assist with opportunity development for enhancing policies and programs that targeted climate change adaption in City Hall and with regional stakeholders.
10/3/19
Yves Mulowayi earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2011, and a MS in Renewable Energy Systems from SUNY Cortland in 2015 before joining the RENEW Institute in 2016 as a Senior Research Specialist and Energy Engineer Project Manager.

Through RENEW, Yves collaborated with the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Sewer Authority on several projects related to the Bird Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. These projects included upgrading and replacing the Turbo Blower, the installation of Combined Heat and Power systems, performing a study on a failed DEC bid to expand the utilization of the Anaerobic Digester System at the Facility, aiding in research on the Aeration Pilot project, and performing site studies for Solar Energy Installation throughout Eric County.
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Edward Righter earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kenyon College in 2009, and a Master of Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware in 2015. He joined the The RENEW Institute  as a Fellow in April 2016.
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Eamon Riley joined the RENEW Institute in 2018 as a Fellow where he was an on-site consultant for the City of Buffalo, focused on energy and infrastructure initiatives.
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Bianca Shaw joined The RENEW Institute in January 2016 as a Fellow and Senior Research Support Specialist, where she focused on city-scale urban planning with an emphasis on energy and environmental project management and implementation of the City of Buffalo Master Plan. She interned for the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning, where she worked on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement and Local Waterfront Revitalization Program for the Buffalo Green Code.
10/3/19
Christina Powell was the first employee hired by RENEW Director Dr. Amit Goyal in the spring of 2015 and came to RENEW with over 14 years of experience at the University at Buffalo. Christina has a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources and an advanced certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management. She is currently pursuing her MBA.

Former RENEW Focus Area Leaders

10/3/19
Dr. Joseph Atkinson is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Great Lakes Program at the University at Buffalo. His background is in environmental fluid mechanics and he has worked for nearly 20 years on Great Lakes issues, focusing primarily on hydrodynamic and water quality modeling. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State.
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Dr. Michel Dupuis joined the Faculty of the Computation and Data-Enabled Science & Engineering Program and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, where he is currently a Professor of Research, at the University at Buffalo in 2015. 
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James R. Olson, PhD is a UB Distinquished Professor in the departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and the Associate Director of the Toxicology Research Center for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. In January 2010, Olson was also named the Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Division within the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.
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Dr. Ernest Sternberg is currently a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, where he had previously served nine years as Department Chair. He was also the founding Director of the MS in Real Estate Development Program at the University at Buffalo.