Heather L. MacLean

University of Toronto

Vice Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering


Heather L. MacLean is the Vice Dean Strategic for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Systems and Technology Assessment. Heather’s research focuses on systems level evaluation of current and emerging energy systems, product systems, transportation technologies and infrastructure systems, with attention to climate change and broader sustainability considerations. She is recognized internationally for her expertise in the development and application of life cycle assessment to a broad range of systems. Her work has pushed the boundaries beyond traditional LCA, and her methodological and modeling innovations have been adopted by researchers, policy makers and industry. Insights from her work have influenced decision makers in many industry sectors and governments globally. Results of her work have been incorporated into emerging technology designs, company operations, and regulations. Heather is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineering Institute of Canada. In 2019 she was awarded the Julian C. Smith Medal for “achievement in the development of Canada”. She holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

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