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Michael Carbajales-Dale

Michael Carbajales-DaleAssistant Professor
436A Brackett Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
864.656.0672 FAX

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2011, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
MS, Physics & Philosophy (First class honors), 2006, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom

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Faculty Overview

Michael Carbajales-Dale joined Clemson University in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences department. Before joining Clemson, Mik was an Energy Systems Analyst with Stanford’s Environmental Assessment & Optimization Lab and with the Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP). His research focuses on the long-term, large-scale evolution and dynamics of the energy-economy system, especially how development of energy resources affects social development and the effects of a future transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Prior to this Mik undertook his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with the Advanced Energy and Material Systems (AEMS) Laboratory at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His doctoral thesis was Global Energy Modelling - A Biophysical Approach (GEMBA), which married net energy analysis with systems dynamic modelling to study the interaction of the global economy with the energy sector. Mik also carried out a number of community-based energy-related projects whilst in New Zealand, being especially involved with Transition initiatives: local groups seeking innovative ways to address the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

EES 4860/6860 – Environmental Sustainability (Fall/Spring)
EES 8200 – Environmental Systems Analysis (Spring)
EES 8060 – Introductory module (Fall)
EES 4900 – Sustainability Assessments (Fall/Spring)
EES 4900 – From Drones to 3D Printing (Fall/Spring)

Topics include sustainable engineering and industrial ecology with emphasis on pollution prevention methods using source reduction, recycling assessments, treatment to reduce disposal, life- cycle assessment and design for the environment. Emphasizes case studies. Preq: Junior standing in College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Selected Publications

Sgouridis, S., Carbajales-Dale, M., Csala, D., Chiesa, M., Bardi, U., 2019. Comparative net energy analysis of renewable electricity and carbon capture and storage. Nat. Energy 4, 456–465. doi:10.1038/s41560-019-0365-7

Langlois, T.C., Carbajales-Dale, M., Carraway, E.R., 2018. Visualizing Relative Potential for Aquatic Ecosystem Toxicity Using the EPA Toxics Release Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment Methods, Journal of South Carolina Water Resources , 5 (1), 2.

Sherwood, J., Ditta, A., Haney, B., Haarsma, L., Carbajales-Dale, M., 2017. Resource Criticality in Modern Economies: Agent-Based Model Demonstrates Vulnerabilities from Technological Interdependence. Biophys. Econ. Resour. Qual. 2, 9. doi:10.1007/s41247-017-0026-z

Sherwood, J.G., Clabeaux, R., Dale, M., 2017. An extended environmental-input-output lifecycle assessment model to study the urban food-energy-water nexus. Environ. Res. Lett. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/AA83F0

Raugei, M., Sgouridis, S., Murphy, D., Fthenakis, V., Frischknecht, R., Breyer, C., Bardi, U., Barnhart, C., Buckley, A., Carbajales-Dale, M., Csala, D., de Wild-Scholten, M., Heath, G., Jæger-Waldau, A., Jones, C., Keller, A., Leccisi, E., Mancarella, P., Pearsall, N., Siegel, A., Sinke, W., Stolz, P., 2017. Energy Return on Energy Invested (ERoEI) for photovoltaic solar systems in regions of moderate insolation: A comprehensive response. Energy Policy 102, 377–384. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.12.042

King, C.W., Carbajales-Dale, M., 2016. Food–energy–water metrics across scales: project to system level. J. Environ. Stud. Sci. 6, 39–49. doi:10.1007/s13412-016-0390-9

Murphy, D., Carbajales-Dale, M., Moeller, D., 2016. Comparing Apples to Apples: Why the Net Energy Analysis Community Needs to Adopt the Life-Cycle Analysis Framework. Energies 9, 917. doi:10.3390/en9110917

Carbajales-dale, M., Krumdieck, S., Bodger, P., 2015. Erratum : Global energy modelling — A biophysical approach ( GEMBA ) part 2 : Methodology. Ecol. Econ. 117, 212. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.06.010

Carbajales-Dale, M., Raugei, M., Fthenakis, V., Barnhart, C., 2015. Energy return on investment (EROI) of solar PV: An attempt at reconciliation [Point of View]. Proc. IEEE 103, 995–999. doi:10.1109/JPROC.2015.2438471

Raugei, M., Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C.J., Fthenakis, V., 2015. Rebuttal: “Comments on ‘Energy intensities, EROIs (energy returned on invested), and energy payback times of electricity generating power plants’ - Making clear of quite some confusion.” Energy 82, 1088–1091. doi:10.1016/


Awards & Honors

2014-2015: Institute of Integrated Economic Research
2007-2010: Keith Laugesen Scholarship, University of Canterbury
2007-2010: International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Canterbury