Center for Energy, Environment, and Economics

The purpose of New York Institute of Technology's Center for Energy, Environment, and Economics is to conduct research, evaluate policy options, and advance environmentally friendly technology in the areas of energy generation, air pollution, water resources, solid waste management, and transportation. To do so, center personnel carry out studies, perform experiments, and realize analyses for both the public and private sectors.

One of the goals of the center is dissemination of the results of its efforts.  Therefore, and in addition to traditional reporting, it engages in and promote public education of the issues and, from time to time, holds major conferences .

Finally, and in concert with the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, the center serves as a demonstration site for new, energy-efficient, alternative, renewable resource technologies.  These demonstrations are open to the public, to the governmental sector, and to the corporate world so that they all might avail themselves of new and useful systems.

Recent Projects

  • Design, development of a unique and patented parallel transmission system for a hybrid electric car; New York Institute of Technology vehicles have been proven to operate with both gasoline and compressed natural gas
  • Preliminary feasibility assessment for the installation of a distributed wind farm for a local community including the development of the means and economics to distribute the electricity
  • Analysis and assessment of compressed natural gas dispersion in enclosed spaces for a regional transit authority
  • Redesign and systems safety for the introduction of compressed natural gas vehicle use in a local transit company; evaluation of vehicle performance and staff training was included in this effort
  • System simulations for automobiles to assist in the evaluation of advanced transportation technologies
  • Evaluation and comparison of the environmental effects of solid waste combustion and recycling;
  • Water pollution modeling techniques and software evaluation
  • Evaluation and implementation of geographical information systems as a tool for real time environmental project analysis
  • Development of tools for evaluation of the effectiveness of photovoltaic systems

Corporate Affiliate Membership

  • Center to assign a faculty member as a liaison to the corporation for assistance regarding consulting, R&D projects, internships, etc.
  • Center to provide the corporation with assistance in recruiting graduates and interns.
  • Center to provide access to relevant research reports and seminars including pre-publication drafts.


Dr. Heskia Heskiaoff, Professor
Dr. Herbert Fox, Project Director
Dr. Sarah Meyland, Project Director

Herbert Fox, Project Director of the Center and Professor, Mechanical Engineering; B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., Polytechnic University. Energy generation, solid waste disposal, pollution modeling techniques, transportation systems, alternative fuel technology.

Sarah J. Meyland, Project Director of the Center and Associate Professor, Environmental Technology; B.A., B.S., Humboldt State; M.S., Texas A&M; J.D., St John's University. Environmental regulation, water pollution, energy generation, geographic information systems, photovoltaic systems, sustainable development.

Robert N. Amundsen, Associate Professor, Energy Management, B.S., University of Rochester; M.S., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. Energy conservation, energy efficient materials and technologies, energy management systems.

Stephen Barone, Professor, Electrical Engineering; B.S., M.S., Polytechnic University; Ph.D., Harvard University. Modeling techniques, advanced energy systems, transportation technologies.

Stanley M. Greenwald, Professor, Environmental and Mechanical Technology; B.M.E., City College of the City University of New York; M.S., Manhattan College; P.E. Air pollution systems and modeling, solid waste generation and disposal, educational resources for the Center.

Ayat Jafari, Electrical Engineering; B.S., Teheran University; M.E.E., Ph.D., City University of New York. Controls for energy systems, modeling techniques for power plants, geographic information systems.

Edward Kafrissen, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; B.S., Rutgers University; M.S., New York University; Ph.D., Rutgers University. Advanced transportation technology, solar energy applications, robotic techniques and systems.

Steven Zhiyun Lu, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Ching Hua University; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University. Air and water pollution modeling, computer fluid dynamics, effective fuel uses.

Jun Ma, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; B.S., University of Science and Technology of China; M.S., Shanghai University of Science and Technology; M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University. Advanced transportation technologies, modeling and simulation of transport systems, solid waste management.

Rifat Tabi, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; B.S., M.S.M.E., Technical University of Aachen; D.Eng.Sc., Technical University of Vienna; P.E. Energy systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, solid waste usage and disposal, advanced conservation technologies.