Ph.D., U.C. Santa Barbara
Eric Masanet is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies at UC Santa Barbara, where he researches energy system transitions with a particular focus on data centers and information and communication technologies (ICTs). He led the analytical components of the landmark 2007 U.S. EPA Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency and has since published numerous sustainability analyses of data centers and ICT systems at regional and global levels.
From 2015-2017, he led the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency in Paris. In this role, he oversaw energy analyses of the global industrial, transport, and buildings sectors, including demand-side contributions to the IEA’s Digitalization and Energy report. He is currently a Lead Author of Chapter 5 (Demand) for Working Group III of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report and a member of the Research Advisory Board at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He is also the former Editor in Chief of Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, the leading peer-reviewed journal on sustainable resource systems.
From 2012 -2019 he was an Associate Professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. From 2004-2012 he was a Research/Staff Scientist and Deputy Head in International Energy Studies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). While at LBNL, he held a joint research appointment at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where he also served as Program Manager for the Engineering and Business for Sustainability Certificate Program. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in sustainable manufacturing from UC Berkeley.