ISEN Curriculum Committee Chair
Professor and Department Chair
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Professor Sageman received his B.S. in Biological Science from Denison University in 1979. After graduating from Denison, he postponed scholarly ambitions to work as a merchant seaman off the coast of Brazil, a mudlogger on Wyoming oil rigs, and a Colorado wilderness guard in the U.S. Forest Service. In 1983 he entered graduate school in Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado. In 1987 he won a Fulbright Scholarship and after a summer internship at Shell Oil in Houston, he spent the academic year at the Institut für Geologie und Paläontologie, Universität Tübingen, Germany. He completed his dissertation in 1991 and moved to Pennsylvania State University, where he was a post doctoral research associate until he joined the Northwestern faculty in 1992. He was promoted to full Professor in 2004 and has served as Department Chair for Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) since 2005. In addition to his service as Department Chair for EPS, he is a member of the Office for Research Physical Sciences and Engineering Advisory Board, the Advisory Board for the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research of Astrophysical Systems, the Executive Committee of the Northwestern Institute for Sustainable Practices, and serves as chair of the curriculum committee for ISEN.
Professor Sageman teaches upper level courses in Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, Paleobiology, and Sedimentary Biogeochemistry, as well as introductory courses in Physical Geology and Evolutionary Theory. Sageman has served as Associate Editor for the journal Palaios and he is a regular reviewer for a wide range of other geoscience journals and funding agencies. He has authored or co-authored over 50 articles in leading professional journals and research volumes in geoscience. Among other places, his work has appeared in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Paleoceanography, Palaios, Chemical Geology, American Journal of Science, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Annual Reviews of Earth & Planetary Science, and Geology.
Materials Science and Engineering
Yip-Wah Chung obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined Northwestern University in 1977. He is currently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern. His research interests are in surface science, tribology, thin films, and alloy design. He was named Fellow, ASM International; Fellow, AVS; and Fellow, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. His other awards include the Ralph A Teetor Engineering Educator Award from SAE, Innovative Research Award and Best Paper Award from the ASME Tribology Division, Technical Achievement Award from the National Storage Industry Consortium (now Information Storage Industry Consortium), Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government, and Advisory Professor from Fudan University. Dr. Chung served two years as program officer in surface engineering and materials design at the National Science Foundation. His most recent research activities are infrared reflecting coatings, low-friction surfaces, strong and tough coatings, and high-performance alloys. His favorite hobbies are photography and recreational flying. He holds several FAA ratings, including commercial multiengine instrument, instrument ground instructor and advanced ground instructor.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jean François is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and, by courtesy, of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He received a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Université de Savoie, a doctorate degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Water Sciences, and a doctorate ès sciences (D.Sc.) in Physical Sciences – Chemistry/Geochemistry - from the Université Paris-Diderot and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP). He started his academic career at the Université Paris-Diderot in the Department of Chemistry, was for one year on the faculty of the Université de Genève in Switzerland in the Department of Inorganic, Analytical and Analytical Chemistry, and moved to the U.S.in 1991, first to the University of Notre Dame and then to Northwestern University where he has been since the fall of 1995.
His research interests lay broadly in the field of Environmental Chemistry/Geochemistry, having in common one thematic thread: understanding the processes that control chemical cycles and reactions in aquatic systems. He was a member of the steering committee of the French component of the International Program-JGOFS: Joint Global Ocean Flux Study where he was coordinating the activities of the benthic group. He studied diagenetic processes in marine sediments to understand and better quantify their role in the global carbon cycle. Since he moved to the U.S., his research focus has been primarily geared towards understanding the fate of metals in the environment. For this purpose his team has been using a combination of conventional analytical tools and x-ray synchrotron based methods.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Andrew Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and by courtesy, of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also Director of the Environmental Sciences Program. As a geochemist, Jacobson uses state-of-the-art isotopic methods to quantify the carbon cycle, at timescales spanning the geological to human. The former specifically concerns the evolution of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere over millions of years, whereas the latter pertains to recent global warming.
Jacobson has led field expeditions throughout the world, including the Himalaya Mountains of northern Pakistan, the New Zealand Southern Alps, the North Slope of Alaska, and Greenland. Wired Magazine, the Public Broadcasting Service, and the National Science Foundation have featured his research in online publications. Jacobson is the recipient of multiple awards, including a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship and the F. W. Clarke Medal from the Geochemical Society. He has served on panels for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, reviewed articles for scientific journals, and chaired thematic sessions at international conferences.
At Northwestern University, Jacobson teaches an introductory course in physical geology and upper division courses in aqueous geochemistry and isotope geochemistry. Jacobson earned a dual B.A. in Chemistry and Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996, a M.S. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001. Jacobson completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology before joining the Northwestern University faculty in 2004.
Mechanical Engineering & Chemical and Biological Engineering
Eric Masanet is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. After receiving his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Northwestern, he spent several years as a practicing design and manufacturing engineer, which is when he first became interested in the intersections between design, manufacturing, sustainability, and public policy. He returned to graduate school to pursue research in these areas at UC Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2004 with a specialization in environmentally-conscious design and manufacturing. He subsequently spent eight years at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where most recently he held the positions of Staff Scientist and Deputy Leader of the International Energy Studies Group. At LBNL he also held a joint research appointment at UC Berkeley, where he served as Program Manager of the Engineering and Business for Sustainability Graduate Certificate program.
Professor Masanet’s research focuses on the development of multi-scale and techno-economic models of industrial energy and resource systems, energy technology systems, and product life-cycle systems. Such models are used by designers and manufacturers to enable “green” materials and process decisions, and by energy analysts and policy makers to identify sustainable technology, materials, and policy pathways. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Resources, Conservation and Recycling, the leading peer-reviewed journal on materials and resource systems efficiency. He previously served as program co-chair of the International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference (2011) and the IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies (2008-2010). He teaches ISEN 210 (Introduction to Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities) -- one of three core courses for the Northwestern Undergraduate Certificate in Energy and Sustainability.
William R. Revelle
The study of personality is the last refuge of the generalist in psychology. As such, Professor Revelle's interests in personality theory include the biological basis of personality and motivation, psychometric theory, the structure of daily mood and models of attention and memory. Recent work in the Personality, Motivation, and Cognition Laboratory has focused on the interactive effects of personality (e.g., impulsivity, trait anxiety) and situational determinants of motivation (e.g., time-of-day, caffeine, films, monetary incentives, exercise) as they combine to influence motivational states (energetic and tense arousal), and how these motivational states in turn affect cognitive processes (sustained attention, working-memory capacity, long-term memory) to determine cognitive performance. The long term goal is to develop a better understanding of how individual differences interact with situational moderators to affect efficient information processing.
He teaches Research Methods in Psychological Research, Personality Research, Psychometric Theory, Experimental Approaches to Personality, Psychological Measurement: Structural Equation Modeling, Affect and Cognition in Humans and Machines, and Cognition, Personality, and Motivation. Professor Revelle joined the Northwestern faculty in 1973 and has served as Chairman of the Department of Pyschology. He has a B.A. from Pomona College and his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan.