Jose F. Alfaro, Ph.D.

Assistant professor of practice

BS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2003
MS, Clemson University, 2011
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2014

Research Interests:

Dr. Alfaro's interests are in developing best practices for sustainable development in least developed countries through the use of technology as a catalyst for increasing returns and policy as a force multiplier to create virtuous cycles of well being.   He focuses on the food, energy, water nexus (FEW) and uses the tools of complex systems and Industrial Ecology to identify, develop, and implement these best practices.  His previous research used complex systems to develop policy planning tools for the deployment of renewable energy with complementary goals of electrification and sustainable development.  

Dr. Alfaro's teaching takes advantage of his 18 year career in the development space as a volunteer and practitioner as well as his time in industry performing global research and development projects.  His clases focus on the appropriate engagement with communities for sustainable development, ethics of international engagement, and the use of appropriate technology with communities.  


  • Using Industrial Symbiosis to tackle Wate to Energy Opportunities in Developing Countries
  • Policy Planning Tools for the Deployment of Renewable Energy in Developing Countries
  • Framework for Sustainable Technology Transfer
  • Small Scale Desalinization Plant through Concentrating Solar Power



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