Robert Handler

Robert M. Handler


  • Operations Manager/Senior Research Engineer, Sustainable Futures Institute
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Staff, Chemical Engineering
  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
  • BA, Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College


I completed my PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, with a research focus on applications of nanoscale iron chemistry in groundwater remediation. I decided to take a postdoctoral position with the Michigan Tech Sustainable Futures Institute as a way to broaden my perspectives and learn more about new advances in sustainable engineering. I was able to get involved in a variety of research and education initiatives, focusing mainly on using environmental life cycle assessment methods to evaluate different methods of biofuel production. My position at the SFI now involves more research development, but I still am involved in research and teaching initiatives that involves sustainability assessment and life cycle thinking.

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and energy systems
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Biofuels
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Nanoscale materials
  • Iron chemistry
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Natural resource economics