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Michael Carbajales-Dale

Michael Carbajales-DaleAssociate 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

Can Sener, S.E., Thomas, V.M., Hogan, D.E., Maier, R.M., Carbajales-Dale, M., Barton, M.D., Karanfil, T., Crittenden, J.C., Amy, G.L., 2021. Recovery of Critical Metals from Aqueous Sources. ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 9, 11616–11634. doi:10.1021/ACSSUSCHEMENG.1C03005/ASSET/IMAGES/LARGE/SC1C03005_0015.JPEG

Mahmud, R., Moni, S.M., High, K., Carbajales-Dale, M., 2021. Integration of techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment for sustainable process design – A review. J. Clean. Prod. 317, 128247. doi:10.1016/J.JCLEPRO.2021.128247

Nashmin Elyasi, S., He, L., Tsapekos, P., Rafiee, S., Khoshnevisan, B., Carbajales-Dale, M., Saeid Mohtasebi, S., Liu, H., Angelidaki, I., 2021. Could biological biogas upgrading be a sustainable substitution for water scrubbing technology? A case study in Denmark. Energy Convers. Manag. 245, 114550. doi:10.1016/J.ENCONMAN.2021.114550

Clabeaux, R., Carbajales-Dale, M., Ladner, D., Walker, T., 2020. Assessing the carbon footprint of a university campus using a life cycle assessment approach. J. Clean. Prod. 273, 122600. doi:10.1016/J.JCLEPRO.2020.122600

Bergerson, J.A., Brandt, A., Cresko, J., Carbajales‐Dale, M., MacLean, H.L., Matthews, H.S., McCoy, S., McManus, M., Miller, S.A., Morrow, W.R., Posen, I.D., Seager, T., Skone, T., Sleep, S., 2020. Life cycle assessment of emerging technologies: Evaluation techniques at different stages of market and technical maturity. J. Ind. Ecol. 24, 11–25. doi:10.1111/jiec.12954

Carbajales-Dale, M., 2019. When is EROI Not EROI? Biophys. Econ. Resour. Qual. 4, 16. doi:10.1007/s41247-019-0065-8

Karimi, H., Ekşioğlu, S.D., Carbajales-Dale, M., 2019. A biobjective chance constrained optimization model to evaluate the economic and environmental impacts of biopower supply chains. Ann. Oper. Res. 1–36. doi:10.1007/s10479-019-03331-x

Koffler, C., Amor, B., Carbajales-Dale, M., Cascio, J., Conroy, A., Fava, J.A., Gaudreault, C., Gloria, T., Hensler, C., Horvath, A., Humbert, S., Manzardo, A., Margni, M., Osset, P., Sinistore, J., Vigon, B., Wallace, M.L., Wang, M., Prox, M., 2020. On the reporting and review requirements of ISO 14044. Int. J. Life Cycle Assess. 25, 478–482. doi:10.1007/s11367-019-01706-7

Levi, P.J., Kurland, S.D., Carbajales-Dale, M., Weyant, J.P., Brandt, A.R., Benson, S.M., 2019. Macro-Energy Systems: Toward a New Discipline. Joule. doi:10.1016/j.joule.2019.07.017

Moni, S.M., Mahmud, R., High, K., Carbajales‐Dale, M., 2020. Life cycle assessment of emerging technologies: A review. J. Ind. Ecol. 24, 52–63. doi:10.1111/jiec.12965


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