Experts on climate change

Climate change is a significant global environmental issue that is caused by human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial processes, which release large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, leading to a warming trend. This warming trend can cause changes in climate patterns, leading to more extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and the loss of habitats for many species.

There is growing concern about the impacts of climate change on human societies and the natural world, leading to increased efforts to mitigate and adapt to these changes. This includes efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to renewable energy sources, and develop strategies to help people and ecosystems cope with the impacts of climate change.

WPI offers academic programs in community climate adaptation and environmental & sustainability studies.

WPI’s climate and sustainability experts are available to talk about the issues world leaders must take into account as they discuss climate change, social justice and environmental justice considerations, the climate change adaptation steps that need to be taken, and the global economics surrounding the topic.

Carrick McAfee Eggleston
  • Professor & Department Head Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
Professor Eggleston's research is focused on natural materials and how they interact with the environment in which we live. ... View Profile
Shichao Liu
  • Assistant Professor Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
Professor Liu’s research focuses on built and urban environment, occupant-building-environment interaction, and integrated design for sustainable and healthy buildings. ... View Profile
Nan Ma
  • Assistant Professor Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
Professor Ma is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering at WPI and the founding director of the Laboratory for Healthy, Environmental, and Resilient Buildings (HERB-Lab). ... View Profile
Paul P. Mathisen
  • Associate Professor and Dir. of Sustainability Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
As WPI’s Director of Sustainability and a professor of environmental engineering, Paul Mathisen studies and works to promote sustainability, especially in the areas of water, energy, transportation, and waste management. ... View Profile
Stephen M. McCauley
  • Associate Professor of Teaching The Global School
McCauley's interests include climate change preparedness, urban resilience, energy system innovation, community participation in environmental decision-making, citizen science, and GI Science for urban planning. ... View Profile
Ali S. Rangwala
  • Professor Fire Protection Engineering
Professor Rangwala's research interests include problems related to industrial fire and explosions. ... View Profile
Ingrid K. Shockey
  • Teaching Professor The Global School
Shockey's work concerns natural literacy and the interplay of human-wilderness relationships. These domains include topics in biodiversity loss, climate change perceptions, and our sense of place and identity with respect to the landscape. ... View Profile
Elisabeth Anne Stoddard
  • Associate Professor of Teaching The Global School
Professor Stoddard is a human-environment geographer who is interested in the intersection of nature, society, and social justice. ... View Profile
Sarah Strauss
  • Professor The Global School
Professor Strauss offers a wide array of expertise in health-related aspects of human interaction with the environment. ... View Profile
Mingjiang Tao
  • Associate Professor Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
Mingjiang Tao teaches geotechnical and pavement engineering to prepare students for careers in civil engineering. He studies highway infrastructure engineering with a goal of advancing sustainable engineering practices. ... View Profile