Jose Bolorinos is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Atmosphere and Energy) and an M.S. student in Statistics. Jose's research focuses on data-driven, systems-level strategies for coordinating urban water and energy supply infrastructure. As part of this work, he has investigated policy approaches that better understand and manage the lifecycle impacts of the energy sector on watersheds, air quality, and carbon emissions. Jose has also developed closed-loop customer monitoring and segmentation tools that allow water and electricity utilities to quickly track the responses of their customers to demand shocks inside and outside of their service areas. Currently, he is developing data-driven methods for optimal design and operation of energy storage in the wastewater treatment sector. His work has been featured at the California Data Collaborative, Stanford's Big Earth Water Hackathon, and AI for Climate Change Initiative. In 2018, a visualization tool Jose developed for wastewater treatment plant operators was awarded the Best Software Prize at Stanford's Big Earth Water Hackathon.

Prior to coming to Stanford, Jose worked as a data scientist for a healthcare consultancy subcontracted by the federal government to manage its Medicare and Medicaid claims databases. Jose received a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. He was part of the start up operations team at the Bill & Cloy Resource Recovery Center, an experimental, pilot-scale wastewater treatment facility launched recently on the Stanford campus to accelerate innovative approaches to wastewater treatment.

All Publications

  • Consumption change detection for urban planning: monitoring and segmenting water customers during drought Water Resources Research Bolorinos, J., Ajami, N. K., Rajagopal, R. 2020; 56 (3)

    View details for DOI 10.1029/2019WR025812

  • Evaluating Environmental Governance along Cross-Border Electricity Supply Chains with Policy-Informed Life Cycle Assessment: The California-Mexico Energy Exchange. Environmental science & technology Bolorinos, J., Ajami, N. K., Muñoz Meléndez, G., Jackson, R. B. 2018


    This paper presents a "policy-informed" life cycle assessment of a cross-border electricity supply chain that links the impact of each unit process to its governing policy framework. An assessment method is developed and applied to the California-Mexico energy exchange as a unique case study. CO2-equivalent emissions impacts, water withdrawals, and air quality impacts associated with California's imports of electricity from Mexican combined-cycle facilities fueled by natural gas from the U.S. Southwest are estimated, and U.S. and Mexican state and federal environmental regulations are examined to assess well-to-wire consistency of energy policies. Results indicate most of the water withdrawn per kWh exported to California occurs in Baja California, most of the air quality impacts accrue in the U.S. Southwest, and emissions of CO2-equivalents are more evenly divided between the two regions. California energy policy design addresses generation-phase CO2 emissions, but not upstream CO2-eq emissions of methane during the fuel cycle. Water and air quality impacts are not regulated consistently due to varying U.S. state policies and a lack of stringent federal regulation of unconventional gas development. Considering local impacts and the regulatory context where they occur provides essential qualitative information for functional-unit-based measures of life cycle impact and is necessary for a more complete environmental impact assessment.

    View details for PubMedID 29630347

  • Balancing marine ecosystem impact and freshwater consumption with water-use fees in California’s power markets: An evaluation of possibilities and trade-offs Balancing marine ecosystem impact and freshwater consumption with water-use fees in California’s power markets: An evaluation of possibilities and trade-offs Bolorinos, J., Yu, Y., Ajami, N. K., Rajagopal, R. 2018; 226 (C): 644-654