Research Assistant Professor
Dr. James W. Levis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research interests are in the area of environmental systems analysis and decision support. Dr. Levis is a member of the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering as well as the Computing and Systems faculty groups within Civil Engineering. His primary areas of teaching and research focus on solid waste management, sustainable resource management, life-cycle modeling, and optimization.
Presently he is developing and using a life-cycle optimization framework to analyze the interrelated effects of electricity and transportation systems and greenhouse gas policies on sustainable solid waste management and resource recovery using the Solid Waste Optimization Life-cycle Framework (SWOLF). Dr. Levis is also co-developing an International Institute for Solid Waste Life-Cycle Modeling. He is also investigating the most sustainable ways to recover nutrients and energy from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), as well as exploring sustainable long-term management of MSW for local communities. Dr. Levis is also developing a dynamic life-cycle optimization model capable of estimating optimal configurations and process choices for photosynthetic bioreactors (PSBRs) used in microalgae-to-biofuel systems.
Dr. Levis’s research sponsors and collaborating agencies include the US EPA, NSF, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, and Wake County Solid Waste Management Division.
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Levis is interested in development and use of novel life-cycle, simulation, and optimization models for decision support with primary applications related to integrated waste management, energy systems, and sustainable infrastructure.
Honors and Awards
- RTI University Scholar, 2018
- Air & Waste Management Association 1st Place Dissertation Award, 2014
- International Solid Waste Association Runner-up Publication Award, 2011
- Environmental Science and Technology 2nd Runner-up Best Policy Analysis Paper, 2011
- Environmental Science and Technology Top Ten Most Read Paper, 2011
- Application of a life cycle model for european union policy-driven waste management decision making in emerging economies
- Stanisavljevic, N. and Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. (2018), Journal of Industrial Ecology, 22(2), 341-355.
- Construction and setup of a bench-scale algal photosynthetic bioreactor with temperature, light, and ph monitoring for kinetic growth tests
- Karam, A. L. and McMillan, C. C. and Lai, Y. C. and Reyes, F. L. and Sederoff, H. W. and Grunden, A. M. and Ranjithan, R. S. and Levis, J. W. and Ducoste, J. J. (2017), Jove-Journal of Visualized Experiments, (124), .
- Evaluation of externality costs in life-cycle optimization of municipal solid waste management systems
- Martinez-Sanchez, V. and Levis, J. W. and Darrigaard, A. and DeCarolis, J. F. and Barlaz, M. A. and Astrup, T. F. (2017), Environmental Science & Technology, 51(6), 3119-3127.
- Life-cycle modeling of municipal solid waste landfills
- Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. (2017), Geotechnical Special Publication, (276), 355-368.
- National estimate of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) release to US municipal landfill leachate
- Lang, J. R. and Allred, B. M. and Field, J. A. and Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. (2017), Environmental Science & Technology, 51(4), 2197-2205.
- A review of the airborne and waterborne emissions from uncontrolled solid waste disposal sites
- Levis, J. W. and Weisbrod, A. and Van Hoof, G. and Barlaz, M. A. (2017), Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 47(12), 1003-1041.
- Characterization of municipal solid waste collection operations
- Jaunich, M. K. and Levis, J. W. and DeCarolis, J. F. and Gaston, E. V. and Barlaz, M. A. and Bartelt-Hunt, S. L. and Jones, E. G. and Hauser, L. and Jaikumar, R. (2016), Resources Conservation and Recycling, 114(), 92-102.
- Systematic evaluation of industrial, commercial, and institutional food waste management strategies in the United States
- Hodge, K. L. and Levis, J. W. and DeCarolis, J. F. and Barlaz, M. A. (2016), Environmental Science & Technology, 50(16), 8444-8452.
- Analysis of material recovery facilities for use in life-cycle assessment
- Pressley, P. N. and Levis, J. W. and Damgaard, A. and Barlaz, M. A. and DeCarolis, J. F. (2015), Waste Management (New York, N.Y.), 35(), 307-317.
- Systematic exploration of efficient strategies to manage solid waste in US municipalities: Perspectives from the solid waste optimization life-cycle framework (SWOLF)
- Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. and DeCarolis, J. F. and Ranjithan, S. R. (2014), Environmental Science & Technology, 48(7), 3625-3631.
- A generalized multistage optimization modeling framework for life cycle assessment-based integrated solid waste management
- Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. and DeCarolis, J. F. and Ranjithan, S. R. (2013), Environmental Modelling Review & Software: With Environmental Data News, 50(), 51-65.
- Is biodegradability a desirable attribute for discarded solid waste? Perspectives from a national landfill greenhouse gas inventory model
- Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. (2011), Environmental Science & Technology, 45(13), 5470-5476.
- What is the most environmentally beneficial way to treat commercial food waste?
- Levis, J. W. and Barlaz, M. A. (2011), Environmental Science & Technology, 45(17), 7438-7444.
- Ensuring Smart and Sustainable Material and Energy Use through Real-Time Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment
- RTI International (aka Research Triangle Institute)(1/02/18 - 12/31/18)
- Development of a Life-Cycle Model for Open Dumps and Informal Waste Collection
- RTI International (aka Research Triangle Institute)(10/14/16 - 9/30/17)
- Development and Assessment of Cost-Effective Sustainable Integrated Organics Management Strategies
- Environmental Research & Education Foundation(3/01/16 - 2/28/19)
- Development of a Predictive Model to Estimate Emissions from Open Dumps in Emerging Economies
- Procter & Gamble Co.(3/17/15 - 12/31/17)
- Maximizing Energy for Waste While Minimizing Life-Cycle Environmental Burdens and Cost
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(12/09/14 - 2/28/19)
- Renewable Paving Binders from Top-lit Updraft Kilning of Biomass
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(6/15/15 - 5/31/19)
- Solid Waste Management Planning for Wake County in Consideration of Cost, Energy and Environmental Emissions
- Wake County(7/01/14 - 12/31/17)
- SAVI: International Institute for Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Modeling
- National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/14 - 7/31/19)