Sangwon Suh is professor in industrial ecology and director of the CLiCC Program, an EPA-funded university-industry partnership that is developing a tool for rapid assessment of chemicals' environmental and human health impacts. He was trained as an environmental engineer and earned his PhD in industrial ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Professor Suh’s research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them. Over the past twenty years, he contributed to the theoretical foundations and practical applications of life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology.
Dr. Suh was appointed as a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and served as the Coordinating Lead Author of the Assessment Report 5 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship from the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents, Leontief Memorial Prize and the Richard Stone Prize from the International Input-Output Association (IIOA), the Robert A. Laudise Medal from the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), and Distinguished Teaching Award from the Bren school.