Gerardo J. Ruiz-Mercado is a senior research manager designing sustainable processes, developing methods and tools for nutrient and waste management, supply chains, life cycle inventory and assessment, and bioenergy systems, process design, modeling, and optimization.
He is currently leading and developing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research projects on decision support methods and tools on evaluating techniques, economics, logistics for the repurposing of primary sources of nutrient pollution and chemical waste, and subsequent ecosystem and human health impacts. Such tools would help to reduce energy/material consumption and environmental impacts and increase the profitability of chemical and energy systems.
He is an expert in sustainability evaluation, process system engineering, supply chain design, organic waste management, nutrient pollution, and life cycle approaches. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, organized technical conferences, and sits on the editorial board of the Processes journal and the Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy journal. Also, the manager of the diversity and inclusion EPA Hispanic employment program.
Gerardo has volunteered his time to the AIChE, serving as the programming Chair of the Environmental Division, session Chair, and International Advisor of the Sustainable Engineering Forum. In 2019 he chaired the Enterprise and Infrastructure Resilience Conference.