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Valerie Thomas

Anderson Interface Professor of Natural Systems

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Groseclose, 415
404.385.7254
404.894.0390

Education

B.A. Physics, Mathematics minor (1981), Swarthmore College
Ph.D. Theoretical High Energy Physics (1986), Cornell University

Valerie Thomas

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Valerie Thomas is the Anderson Interface Professor of Natural Systems in the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, with a joint appointment in the School of Public Policy.

Dr. Thomas's research interests are energy and materials efficiency, sustainability, industrial ecology, technology assessment, international security, and science and technology policy. Current research projects include the environmental impacts of biofuels and electricity system policy and planning. Dr. Thomas has been invited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy to serve as a member of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. From 2004 to 2005, she was the American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow. Dr. Thomas was a Member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board from 2003 to 2009, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Physical Society.

From 1986 to 1989, she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1989 to 2004, she was a Research Scientist at Princeton University, in the Princeton Environmental Institute and in the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and was a Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 

Dr. Thomas received a B. A. in physics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University.

Expertise:
  • Industrial ecology
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Technology assessment
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2010
Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science and Technology 2005
Fellow of the American Physical Society 1999