amy elaine landis
alandis@engr.pitt.edu       |       412-624-3989

Home - to Amy's Research

   
* Pitt faculty website *
   
* Pitt Civil & Env Home *

Current Projects

Research Interests
    * publications *
Research Group

Teaching

Prospective Students:
  Join our Group
Online Portfolio:
    * Vita * workshops *
    * posters * websites *
Collaborations:
  * Nature Museum * US EPA *

 

 

Vita
  My CV is available here as a pdf. You may also scroll down to see the entire thing in html, or use the links below to navigate to any section of interest to you. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
        back to online portfolio

navigate CV contents by clicking below to jump to a section:

Education
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
Grants
Publications
Presentations
Honorariums and Guest Lectures
Research and Related Experience
Teaching Experience
Workshop and Conference Organization
Instrumentation and Software Experience
Professional Activities
Cocurricular Activities and Community Service
Professional Associations
Work Experience


 Curriculum Vitae
*Amy Elaine Landis *

EDUCATION
Ph.D. April 2007. M.S. 2003.
Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Thesis advisor Dr. Thomas L. Theis.
Dissertation title: "Environmental and Economic Impacts of Biobased Production"

B.S. cum laude in Chemistry 2001
Denison University, Granville, Ohio

HONORS, AWARDS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Fulbright Fellow to Switzerland (2004-2005)
Environmental Careers Organization fellow (2002, 2005-2007)
Notebaert Nature Museum graduate student science advisor (2004-2007)
Invited Panelist at UIC's Economy and the Environment Workshop (2003)
Student Representative for University of Illinois' Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (2003-2004)
Clarkson University Fellow (2002)
Phi Beta Kappa (2001)
Sigma Xi (2001)
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Competition (2001)
Senior and Junior Fellow, Denison University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Phi Society (2000-2001)
Anderson Scholarship for Excellence in Science (1997-2001)
Ohio Academic Scholar (1997-2001)

GRANTS
National Science Foundation's Biocomplexity in the Environment program: Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society. Grant DMI-0329359, "Life Cycle and Economic Impacts of Biobased Production."
$100,000 (2004-2005)

Environmental Careers Organization Fellowship. "Life Cycle Modules for Biobased Production"
$89,000 (2005-2007)
"Biocommodity engineering: Evaluation of sustainable production cycles and CO2 management."
$8,000 (2002)

Fulbright Fellowship. "Precautionary and reactionary environmental management: Diverse approaches to sustainability."
$15,000 (2004-2005)

National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program Fellowship. Grant DGE 9870646 through Clarkson University and University of Illinois at Chicago.
$100,000 (2001-2004)

Travel grants: Green Chemistry (2006), International Society for Industrial Ecology (2005), Fulbright (2004, 2005)

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
Miller, Shelie A., Amy E. Landis, Thomas L. Theis (2007). "Environmental Tradeoffs of Biobased Production." Environmental Science & Technology, 41 (15) pp 5176-5182.

Miller, Shelie A., Amy E. Landis, Thomas L. Theis, Ron L. Reich (2007). "A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Petroleum and Soybean-Based Lubricants." Environmental Science & Technology, 41 (11) pp 4143-4149.

Landis, Amy E. and Thomas L. Theis (2007). "Comparison of Impact Assessment Tools: TRACI, CML and IMPACT 2002+." Journal of Industrial Ecology. Under review.

Landis, Amy E., Shelie A. Miller, Thomas L. Theis (2007). "Life cycle of the corn-soybean agroecosystem for biobased production." Environmental Science & Technology. 41 (4) pp 1457-1464.

Miller, Shelie A., Amy E. Landis, Thomas L. Theis (2006). "Use of Monte Carlo Simulation to Estimate Nitrogen Flows in Agroecosystems." Environmental Science and Technology 40 (7).

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Landis, Amy E. and Thomas L. Theis (2006). "Response to 'Comments on Workshop Report on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Biobased Production.'" The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 11 (3) 213-214.

Landis, Amy E. and Thomas L. Theis (2005). "Workshop on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Biobased Production." The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 10 (3) 226-227.

PRESENTATIONS
AEESP Education and Research Conference in Blacksburg Virginia, July 2007, "Sustainability Engineering Research Directions and International Collaboration." Chris Hendrickson, David Allen, Mike Griffin, Amy Landis, Deanna Matthews, Cindy Murphy, Jorge Vanegas, Heather Wakeley.

AEESP Education and Research Conference in Blacksburg Virginia, July 2007, "Relative environmental profiles of a variety of bio-based products."

International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference in Toronto, Canada, June 2007, "Characterization of Carbon and Nitrogen Fluxes in Crops Grown for Energy."

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Annual Meeting in Montreal, November 2006, "Carbon and Nitrogen Environmental Tradeoffs in Biobased Production."

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in San Francisco, November 2006, "A cradle to gate life cycle analysis of the biopolymer polylactic acid: Looking beyond global warming and fossil fuel use."

Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology poster presentation in Oxford, August 2006. "A comprehensive life cycle assessment of the biopolymer polylactic acid."

10th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington DC, June 2006. "Evaluating the environmental implications of agricultural feedstocks for biobased production."

Potowatomi Student Industrial Ecology Conference in Indiana, March 2006. "Environmental tradeoffs in biobased production: Beyond global warming and fossil fuels."

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2005. "Monte Carlo coupled with life cycle analysis to portray the environmental impacts of US agriculture"

American Chemical Society 230th Annual Meeting in Washington DC, August 2005. "Environmental tradeoffs between carbon and nitrogen: Life cycle analysis of a biopolymer"

Joint Meeting of the 2nd International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry and the 9th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington DC, June 2005. "Incorporation of Variability and Uncertainty in Life Cycle Assessments"

International Society of Industrial Ecology 3rd Annual Conference in Stockholm, June 2005, "Incorporating Variability into a Life Cycle Analysis of Nutrient Flows in Agriculture"

Fourth Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) World Congress in Portland, November 2004. "Incorporating the Nitrogen Cycle into Agricultural Life Cycle Inventories"

Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology poster presentation in Oxford, August 2004. "Environmental Tradeoffs of Biobased Production: The Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles"

American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle, February 2004. "Toward Defining the Practice of Sustainability Engineering"

American Institute of Chemical Engineers poster presentation at 226th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, November 2003. "Modeling a biorefinery for polylactic acid production: Material flows and environmental impacts"

International Society of Industrial Ecology 2nd Annual Conference in Ann Arbor, July 2003. "Biocommodity engineering: Evaluating environmental impacts"

University of Illinois first annual Conference on the Environment poster presentation in Chicago, April 2003. "Life Cycle of a Biopolymer: Polylactic Acid"

Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers Conference in Toronto, August 2002. Assisted with the workshop on "Incorporating Industrial Ecology and Sustainability into Environmental Engineering Courses"

Central Ohio Undergraduate Research Symposium poster presentation, 1998 and 1999. "Synthesis of New Vanadium Containing Calixarene Compounds"

HONORARIUMS AND GUEST LECTURES
Honorarium at the Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL, October 2006. "Sustainable technology and life cycles."

Guest Lecture for World of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Choices at University of Illinois at Chicago, April 2006. "Environmental impacts of biobased production."

Guest Lecture at Purdue University November 2005. "Life cycle impact assessment."

Invited Seminar at the USEPA in Cincinnati, Ohio May 23 2005. "Life cycle impact assessment: Uncertainty and methodology comparison"

RESEARCH AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
Notebaert Nature Museum Science Advisor
(2003 - present) Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Aid museum staff in establishing biobased production exhibits and sustainable consumption programs in accordance with NSF Grant DMI-0329359. Coordinate and co-teach courses offered through UIC with the Museum. Promote future collaborations and grant writing efforts between UIC's Institute and the Museum.

Environmental Manufacturing Management (EvMM) Fellow
(2002 - present) Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Conducted MS and PhD research on the life cycle environmental and economic impacts of biobased production. Thesis advised by Dr. Thomas Theis. Also promoted and aided in other Institute activities such as Nature Museum collaboration, student interactions, sponsored seminars, and advisory board meetings.

Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Fellow
(2002, 2005-2007) US Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio

(2002) Residency with the Sustainable Environments Branch where PhD thesis topic was developed (Advised by Dr. Heriberto Cabezas, Branch Chief).
(2005-2007) Currently employed through the EPA as a partner and subcontractor to develop life cycle modules with respect to biobased production.

Fulbright Fellow
(2004-2005) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Lausanne, Switzerland

Research with Dr. Olivier Jolliet studying environmental models and management strategies. Work conducted in English; meetings, presentations, and communications conducted in French and English.

Undergraduate Senior Research
(2000-2001) Denison University, Granville, Ohio

Independently developed and researched thesis in chemistry entitled "Novel Methods of Chromium Remediation." Thesis advised by Dr. Thomas Evans.

Undergraduate Directed Research
(1998-2000) Denison University, Granville, Ohio

Directed research project in the Department of chemistry. Learned the entire research process, from grant writing (Summer of 1998 funded by Denison University Research Grant, summer of 1999 funded by Anderson Summer Scholar program) to laboratory research, to presentations and publications. Project entitled "Synthesis of New Vanadium Containing Calixarene Compounds" and supervised Dr. Jordan Bennett.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Illinois at Chicago

Systems and Cycles in Nature 594 (2006-2007) Midwestern Ecosystems 490 (2005-2006)
    Co-taught year long course designed to increase Chicago Public School teachers' knowledge in the environmental sciences. Collaboration between Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP), Department of Biology, and Continuing Education Coordinated with Chicago's Nature Museum for pedagogical curricula. Aided in obtaining IRB approval for surveys according to grant from the Illinois Board of Education.
Environmental Management Seminar Series 594 (2002-2004)
    Taught graduate student seminar series aiming to teach collaborative skills and bring together graduate students from different departments to share research experiences.

Sustainable Engineering Education Workshop
(July 2006) Carnegie Mellon University

Workshop participants chosen based on a competitive application process. Focused on improving teaching, evaluating courses, obtaining funding for educational innovations, and sharing in the compilation of web-based resources for sustainable engineering educators.

Train the Trainers Workshop
(June 2006) ACS Green Chemistry Institute

Seminars, presentations, and discussion groups aimed at expanding the teaching and training methods of green chemistry educators.

Denison University

General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry 115, 125, 215, 225 (1998-2001)
    Laboratory teaching assistant (general chemistry and organic chemistry) for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Chemistry tutor and help session instructor (1998-2001)
    Private and group tutor for general, organic, and analytical chemistry. Evening instructor for weekly help sessions (evening course reiterating material covered during the week's lectures).

WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
Center for Sustainable Engineering workshop organizing committee member
(February 2007) Carnegie Mellon University, held in Auckland

Workshop on Frontier Research Directions and International Collaborations in Sustainability Engineering. Aided in proposal development. Will develop workshop sessions and agenda.

Industrial Ecology Conferences: Student activities committee
(2006) Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology, held in Oxford
(2005) 3rd International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference, held in Stockholm

Organized and publicized student activities including social events, student poster competition, and professional development session. Reported to and collaborated with the main conference chair.

Potowatomi Student Industrial Ecology Conference Co-Chair
(March 2006) Consortium of midwestern universities, held in Indiana

As main conference chair, responsible for organizing, delegating, and recruiting conference co-chairs. Solicited funding, advertised via web and print communications, set up abstract submittal, acceptance, and review process, coordinated site details, set agenda, hosted evening banquet and poster session.

Biobased Production Workshop Planning Co-Chair
(June 2004) Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, held in Chicago

Workshop on the Economic and Environmental Impacts of Biobased Production. Responsible for advertising, setting agenda, organizing speakers, selecting required readings, and sub-contracting with the Great Books Foundation. Funding from NSF Grant DMI-0329359.

INSTRUMENTATION AND SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE
All basic operating systems and software including word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs. Life cycle analysis software including but not limited to SimaPro, CMLCA, TRACI, and IMPACT 2002+. Engineering design software including ASPEN and ARENA. Mathematical and optimization software including Maple, Visual Basic, Crystal Ball. HTML programming. Analytical equipment including HPLC, GC-MS, NMR, AAS.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
President emeritus (2006-2007), President (2005-2006), website chair (2004-2005), student representative (2001-2004) of the student chapter of the International Society for Industrial Ecology
UIC Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (2003-2004)
Seminar coordinator, UIC EvMM program (2002-2004)
Level 1 French certification (2004), Alliance Française, Université Miséricorde, Fribourg, Switzerland
Mentor, University of Illinois Women in Science and Engineering (2002-2003)
Member, University of Illinois Earth Month Planning Committee (2002-2003)
Co-founder, University of Illinois Student Environmental Alliance (2002)
President, Denison Chemical Society (2000-2001)
Member, The Carolinas and Ohio Science Education Network member (organization supporting women and underrepresented women in math and science) (1997-2001)
Mentor, Denison Honors Program (1998-2001)
Member, Help Our Planet Earth (1999-2000)

COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Volunteer, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum programs for educating women in science (2002-present)
Coach, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools girls volleyball (2006)
Volunteer Head Volleyball Coach, St. Josaphat Varsity girls (2003-2005)
Captain, Intramural indoor and outdoor volleyball at Denison and Clarkson (1999-2002)
Volunteer, judging local high school and middle school science fairs (1998-2001)
Volunteer, boy scout and girl science badge day (1998-2001)
Study abroad, University of Melbourne, Austalia (2000)
Volunteer, Institute of Industrial Technology children's education demonstrations (2000)
Chair (2000), member (1998-1999) Hospice volunteer committee for the Denison Community Association
Varsity volleyball, Denison University (1997-1999)
Volunteer, Licking River Round-Up (1999)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Chemical Society
International Society for Industrial Ecology
Society of Women Engineers
Women in Science and Engineering
Soil Science Society of America
American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Society for Environmental Toxicologists and Chemists
American Association for the Advancement of Science

WORK EXPERIENCE
Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
(2006-present) University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, Illinois

Supervised the middle school and high volleyball program, including hiring of coaching staff, player recruitment, coordinating game and practice schedules, and promoting volleyball throughout the school via web, print publications, camps, and seminars.

Laboratory Technician
(2000-2001) FlexoTech, Columbus, Ohio

Product testing for a printing and ink industry.

Gardener
(1996-2001) Wright Landscapes, Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Landscape artistry and reclamation activities.

_______________________________________________

home email