Bio


Emily Grubert is a 2017 Ph.D.in Environment and Resources at Stanford University who studies how community and societal priorities can be better incorporated into energy policy and project decisions. Emily uses survey, interview, and text mining tools to uncover information about what communities most care about, then uses this information to inform multicriteria tradeoffs in life cycle assessment settings. Her recent work has focused on social life cycle assessment, the increasing focus on climate in life cycle assessment, and water intensity in energy systems. Emily is an environmental engineer-in-training and holds an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and an M.A. in Energy and Earth Resources, both from The University of Texas at Austin, and a B.S. in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering and Mathematics from Stanford.

Honors & Awards


  • Research Intern in Science and Engineering, DAAD (2007)
  • Highbridge/Mary Sunseri Award in Mathematical Problem Solving and Highbridge Book Award, Stanford University (2008)
  • Sustainable Energy Fellow, Duke University (2008)
  • Stanford Undergraduate Research Award, Stanford University Department of Mathematics (2009)
  • Harrington Graduate Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin (2009-2010)
  • Gloyna Endowed Presidential Scholar, The University of Texas at Austin (2010-2011)
  • Chevron Scholar, The University of Texas at Austin (2011)
  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation (2014-present)

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Engineer-in-Training, Student Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2014 - Present)

Education & Certifications


  • PhD, Stanford University, Environment and Resources (2017)
  • MS, The University of Texas at Austin, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2011)
  • MA, The University of Texas at Austin, Energy and Earth Resources (2010)
  • LEED AP, USGBC, BD+C (2009)
  • EIT, State of Texas, Environmental Engineering (2011)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Emerging Leaders in Science and Society Fellow, AAAS (10/15/2014 - 12/2015)

    AAAS-sponsored program promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration to benefit society

    Location

    Stanford

  • Volunteer educator, various (2010 - Present)

    Speak in K-12 classrooms about energy and environmental topics.

    Location

    TX & CA

  • First Year Student Committee Representative, Stanford University (9/2013 - 6/2014)

    Location

    CA

  • Women in Engineering Program Mentor, The University of Texas at Austin (8/2010 - 5/2011)

    Location

    TX

  • Co-op house officer, Avalon Cooperative (2010 - 2011)

    Location

    TX

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Emily studies energy fuel cycles, focusing on integrating knowledge about various environmental and social impacts of fuel extraction, use, and disposal to aid decision makers at a local level using life cycle assessment, textual analysis, surveys, and multicriteria decision analysis.

Lab Affiliations


2017-18 Courses


Work Experience


  • Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company, McKinsey & Company (9/1/2011 - 8/1/2013)

    Focused on natural resource extraction operations improvements at multiple large industrial clients, including safety transformations, productivity transformations, and operational strategy. Major project responsibilities included:
    •Led a client team to design and document a global process safety transformation at a major resource extraction company in a challenging client environment (e.g. multiple locations, significant distrust among team members, aggressive timeline)
    •Assessed and ran scenario plans at major resource extraction companies focused on long-term mine planning and capital allocation
    •Rapidly (<1 week) investigated and recommended action for multiple private equity transactions in mining, leveraging previous connections to contract specific regulatory analysis to a specialist firm
    •Analyzed US and global thermal coal markets for an internal knowledge and client development program, focused on supply and demand scenarios and actionable impacts on multiple industries (e.g. miners, power generators, railroads, investors)

    Location

    San Francisco, CA

All Publications


  • Water consumption from hydroelectricity in the United States ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES Grubert, E. A. 2016; 96: 88-94
  • Benefits and applications of interdisciplinary digital tools for environmental meta-reviews and analyses ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Grubert, E., Siders, A. 2016; 11 (9)
  • Rigor in social life cycle assessment: improving the scientific grounding of SLCA The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment Grubert, E. 2016
  • Where does solar-aided seawater desalination make sense? A method for identifying sustainable sites DESALINATION Grubert, E. A., Stillwell, A. S., Webber, M. E. 2014; 339: 10-17
  • Can switching fuels save water? A life cycle quantification of freshwater consumption for Texas coal- and natural gas-fired electricity ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Grubert, E. A., Beach, F. C., Webber, M. E. 2012; 7 (4)
  • Reserve reporting in the United States coal industry ENERGY POLICY Grubert, E. 2012; 44: 174-184
  • Response to "Discourse over a contested technology on Twitter: A case study of hydraulic fracturing"Word choice as political speech PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE Grubert, E. 2017; 26 (1): 121-123
  • Beyond formal groups: neighboring acts and watershed protection in Appalachia INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE COMMONS Lukacs, H., Ardoin, N. M., Grubert, E. 2016; 10 (2): 878-901

    View details for DOI 10.18352/ijc.578

    View details for Web of Science ID 000388648200020

  • Energy for water and water for energy on Maui Island, Hawaii ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Grubert, E. A., Webber, M. E. 2015; 10 (6)
  • Water and Deforestation in Brazil: Future Challenges for Policy Implementation Phillips, R., Grubert, E. 2011

    View details for DOI 10.1061/41173(414)129

  • Pebble Bed Modular Reactors Versus Other Generation Technologies: Costs and Challenges for South Africa Grubert, E., Parks, B., Schneider, E., Sekar, S. 2011
  • Water for Biomass-based Energy on Maui, Hawaii Grubert, E., King, C., Webber, M. 2011
  • Water, Energy, and Land Use Planning on Maui Island, Hawaii: Estimating Surface Water Supply Grubert, E., Webber, M. 2011
  • Lifecycle Water Impacts of Coal Use in the United States Grubert, E. 2011

    View details for DOI 10.1061/41173(414)105

  • Modeling Maui’s Freshwater System to Inform Water Resource Management Grubert, E. 2011

    View details for DOI 10.1061/41173(414)105

  • Energy Resource Extraction, Water Resources, and a Human Right to Water in the West Implementing the Human Right to Water in the West Grubert, E. 2011
  • Pebble Bed Modular Reactors Versus Other Generation Technologies: Costs and Challenges for South Africa GLOBAL 2011 Grubert, E., Parks, B., Schneider, E., Sekar, S. 2011
  • Centralized Transportation Fuel Planning: Leveraging Californian Refineries as Transportation Utilities Grubert, E., Webber, M. E. 2010

    View details for DOI 10.1115/ES2010-90027

  • Water Impacts of the American Clean Energy and Security Act Renewable Portfolio Standard on Texas Grubert, E., Webber, M. E. 2010

    View details for DOI 10.1115/ES2010-90029

  • Mining-related Environmental Impacts of Carbon Mitigation: Coal-based Carbon Capture and Sequestration Grubert, E. 2010
  • How Energy Choices Affect Fresh Water Supplies: A Comparison of U.S. Coal and Natural Gas Worldwatch Institute Briefing Paper Grubert, E., Kitasei, S. 2010