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Yi-Wen  Chiu

Dr. Yi-Wen Chiu

Phone: (805) 756-2972
Office: 180-504
yichiu@calpoly.edu
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Areas of Focus

- Environmental Management

- Application of GIS

- Life Cycle Analysis

- Quantitative Simulation

About Dr. Yi-Wen Chiu

After serving at the Argonne National Lab as a postdoctoral appointee for three years, I decided to change my career track and accepted the assistant professor position at the Department of Natrual Resources Management and Environmental Science, Cal Poly. With a PhD degree in water resources science from the University of Minnesota, my main research interests are to understand the coupling and interaction of human and natural systems by applying integrated tools including system dynamics models, geographical information system (GIS), and life-cycle analysis (LCA). 

The realm of environmental management deeply involves community engagement. Therefore, I am also interest in promoting public participation and international collaboration. I have four years of experience to teach and promote ecological integrity and public engagement at Taiwan prior to attending UMN. During the same period of time, I was in charge of establishing the standard operation procedure in addition to initiate massive research projects for a newly established research center. I am also the co-author of the first introductory textbook of ecological engineering at Taiwan. 

My current on-going research effort aims to incorporate quantitative sustainability as a tool for supporting small business to meet their environmental goals.

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Publications

Muth, D.; Langholtz, M.; Tan, E.; Jacobson, J.; Schwab, A.; Wu, M.; Argo, A.; Brandt, C.; Cafferty, K.; Chiu, Y.-W.; Dutta, A.; Eaton, L.; Searcy, E., Investigation of thermochemical biorefinery sizing and environmental sustainability impacts for conventional supply system and distributed preprocessing supply system designs. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 2014, DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1483.

Wu, M.; Zhang, Z.; Chiu, Y.-W., Life-cycle water quantity and water quality implications of biofuels. Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s40518-013-0001-2.

Chiu, Y.-W.; Wu, M., Water footprint of biofuel produced from forest wood residue via a mixed alcohol gasification process. Environmental Research Letters 2013, 8(3): 035015. (Highlighted in the IOP Insight News, 09/26/2013)

Chiu, Y.-W.; Wu, M., Considering water availability and wastewater resources in the development of algal bio-oil. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 2013, DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1397.

Argo, A. M.; Tan, E. C. D.; Inman, D.; Langholtz, M. H.; Eaton, L. M.; Jacobson, J. J.; Wright, C. T.; Muth, D. J.; Wu, M. M.; Chiu, Y.-W.; Graham, R. L., Investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and environmental sustainability impacts for conventional bale system and advanced uniform biomass logistics designs. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 2013, DOI: 10.1002/bbb.1391.

Wu, M.; Chiu, Y.-W.; Demissie, Y., Quantifying the regional water footprint of biofuel production by incorporating hydrologic modeling. Water Resources Research 2012, 48 (10), W10518.

Chiu, Y.-W.; Wu, M., Assessing County-Level Water Footprints of Different Cellulosic-Biofuel Feedstock Pathways. Environmental Science & Technology 2012, 46 (16), 9155-9162.

Chiu, Y.-W.; Suh, S.; Pfister, S.; Hellweg, S.; Koehler, A., Measuring ecological impact of water consumption by bioethanol using life cycle impact assessment. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 2011, 17 (1), 16-24.

Chiu, Y.-W.; Walseth, B.; Suh, S., Water Embodied in Bioethanol in the United States. Environmental Science & Technology 2009, 43 (8), 2688-2692. (Top three most accessed articles in Sep. 2009)

Chiu Y.-W., M. Wu. Assessing Water Footprint of Perennial-Grass Biofuel under Various Climate Scenarios. Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois (2015)

Wu, M., Y.-W. Chiu. Consumptive water use in the production of ethanol and petroleum gasoline  update 2011 (ANL/ESD/09-1 Update). Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois (2011)

Graham, R., M. Langholtz, L. Eaton, J. Jacobson, C. Wright, D. Muth, D. Inman, E. Tan, M. Wu, Y.-W. Chiu, S. Jones, L. Snowden-Swan, D. Manley, L. Malczynski, A. Goss Eng, S. Moynihan, R. Chiang, and A. Argo. Preliminary investigation of biochemical biorefinery sizing and environmental sustainability impacts for conventional bale system and advanced uniform designs. Biorefinery Capacity/Sustainability White Paper, DOE EERE OBP (2011)

Suh, S., Y.-W. Chiu, L.S. Olabisi. The future of energy and Minnesotas water resources. Report to Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources, Saint Paul, Minnesota (2010)

Anderson, J., Y.-W. Chiu. Public Drainage Ditch Buffer Study: Section 4. Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, St. Paul, MN (2006)

Chiu, Y.-W., J.Y. Lin. Improvement of River Environment and Management. Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan (2002)

Chiu, Y.-W., J.H. Chen, J.H. Tsai, C.M. Kuo, Y.S. Hong, S.S. Tsao, J.C. Lee, S.L. Yu, J.Y. Lin. Restoring Waterfront Ecological Integrity and Establishing Ecological Working Methods (I  IV). Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan (2000  2003)

Chiu, Y.-W., J.Y. Lin. Watershed Management and Public Engagement, under the Master Plan of the Water Environmental Research Center (I  IV). Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan (2000  2003)

Chiu, Y.-W., J.Y. Lin. Assessment of Reservoir Management and Regulations. Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan (2000)

Chiu, Y.-W. Assessing Future Water Availability and Water Use Impacts in Minnesota Using a Geospatial System Dynamic Model. Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN. PhD dissertation: 159 (2010)

Lin, J.Y., and Y.-W. Chiu. Introduction to Ecological Engineering Methods. Ming-Wen Books, Taipei, Taiwan. ISBN/9789577031037 (2003, in Chinese)

Lee, J.C., Y.-W. Chiu, J.H. Chen, J.H. Tsai, C.M. Kuo, Y.S. Hong, S.S. Tsao, S.L. Yu, J.Y. Lin. Ecological Working Method Manual. Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taipei, Taiwan (2001, in Chinese)

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