ISSST Student Group

This is information for undergraduate, masters, or PhD students who are interested in attending  the ISSST conference.

Student Events at ISSST 2014:

Student Paper and Poster Competition 

Details: ISSST includes two opportunities for students to present outstanding research in the field of sustainable systems, be acknowledged, and potentially earn small cash prizes. Students can present their research either in poster form or as a paper. Click on the link above for more information.

Student Mixer

         When:     TBA

         Where:    TBA; At a restaurant/bar near the hotel venue

Details:   An informal time for students to meet, hang-out, and interact with one another. More information will be available soon.

Structuring Critique: A workshop on how to effectively review a journal article

          When:    TBA

          Where:   TBA

Details:  This session will offer students an opportunity to learn how to effectively and professionally peer-review a journal article. Participants will have some assignments to complete before attending to maximize productivity and learning during the session. We are also working on inviting a journal editor to come to the session to speak with students about this topic. More details and information will be available soon.

Please visit the ISSST Student Group on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Student Group Committee:

Jose Alfaro,  President


Jose has just finished his PhD at the Center for Sustainable Systems in the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow.   He was a Research and Development Engineer for a multi-national chemical company before returning to academia and earning a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University (2011).   He also has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Tennessee (2003).   He will start as Assistant Professor of Environmental Practice at the School of Natural Resources and Environment this May.  

Andrea Hicks, Director of Social Media


Andrea is a PhD candidate in Civil and Materials Engineering and a research assistant at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University (2010) and a B.S.
from Michigan Technological University in Environmental Engineering (2009). Previously she has spent time as an ORISE research associate at the US EPA’s Region 5 office.

Cassandra Thiel, Events Coordinator

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Cassandra Thiel is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) where she conducts research on the environmental impacts of green, high-performance buildings and teaches a service-learning course for freshman engineers.  Dr. Thiel obtained her BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2009 and completed her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Pitt (2013) where she was an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellow at Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

Susan Spierre Clark, Faculty Adviser


Susan Clark is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University where she conducts research in the area of climate change and human development as well as the sustainability or urban systems. She also teaches two sections of Sustainable World 110 and co-teaches Sustainability iProjects 498 in the School of Sustainability. Dr. Clark completed her BS in Atmospheric Science from The University of Albany in 2006, obtained her MS in Earth Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2008, and recently graduated from ASU with her PhD in Sustainability in May, 2013.



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