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Eric Masanet

Eric Masanet

Professor and Mellichamp Chair in Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies

Energy System Analysis, Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Manufacturing, Data Centers & ICT

Bren Hall 3510


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
MS, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison


Eric Masanet holds the Mellichamp Chair in Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies in the Bren School, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. At UCSB, he leads the Industrial Sustainability Analysis Laboratory, which develops models, datasets, and roadmaps for decarbonizing the industrial and information technology sectors while achieving broader sustainability and equity benefits. He is also a Faculty Scientist in the Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Throughout his career, he has held numerous service roles to help advance energy and climate technology policy and their scientific evidence bases. These include service as: Head of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency in Paris (2015-2017), a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) Sixth Assessment Report (WGIII, Chapter 5: Demand), an author of the Fifth U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA5), a member of the Research Advisory Board of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (2019-present), and as a Consultant at the U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2022-present), where he supports initiatives on industrial innovation, technology, and energy.

He is also the former Editor in Chief of Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, the leading peer-reviewed journal on sustainable resource systems.

In January of 2024, he was appointed by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm to the DOE's Industrial Technology Innovation Advisory Committee (2024-2026), which advises the Secretary on industrial emissions reduction technology development.

He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on sustainable design and manufacturing, from the University of California, Berkeley.

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