Research at BUREK Lab focuses on applying engineering (energy and process modeling) and decision-making models (life cycle assessment (LCA), techno-economic analysis (TEA), optimization, and machine learning), to find solutions to environmental, social, and economic problems.

Food, building, and transportation sectors result in 60% of annual expenditures and contribute to 80% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. COVID-19 has worsened a crisis of food security, infrastructure, and transportation, and has disproportionately affected the most vulnerable in society. By enhancing sustainability, resilience, and equity in rapidly growing urban areas, BUREK Lab aims to mitigate climate change and other environmental, social, and economic risks.