Ning Ai

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    College: Urban Planning and Public Affairs Department: Urban Planning and Policy
    Title: Associate Professor
    Office: CUPPAH Room 258 Phone: 3124139786
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Dr. Ai's research and teaching interests center on integrating life cycle perspectives and locally-specific data into environmental planning and sustainability policy making. Her primary theme of interdisciplinary research is material and waste management in an urban metabolic context. She examines this traditionally engineering-dominant field from socioeconomic perspectives. Specific case studies have included food waste, electric vehicle batteries, e-waste and municipal solid waste in general. She has also implemented neighborhood-level data mining, environmental modelling, and metrics development to study transportation and environment.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Responsive, collaborative, and detail-oriented. Prior experience with literature review and research on urban sustainability topics. Minimum GPA of 3.0.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student will gain research experience and strengthen critical analysis skills on topics related to urban sustainability and waste management in particular. The student will work closely with Dr. Ai and other graduate students under her supervision, assisting with literature review, data collection, and report preparation.

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