Ming Xu

Associate Professor


PhD, Arizona State University (civil and environmental engineering)

MS, Tsinghua University (environmental science and engineering)

BS, Tsinghua University (environmental engineering)



Ming Xu is an Associate Professor in School of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on the broad field of sustainable engineering and industrial ecology, with specific interests on trade and environment, environmental impacts of emerging technologies including autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and biofuels, and big data and data science applications in urban sustainability. At the University of Michigan, he is a core faculty member in the Center for Sustainable Systems, co-directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Industrial Ecology, and currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the Executive Committee of the China Data Center. He teaches Environmental Footprinting and Input-Output Analysis (NRE 573) at the graduate level and Global Enterprises and Sustainable Development (ENVIRON 367) at the undergraduate level. He is an elected Councilor of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling (2014 Impact Factor: 2.564). 

  • 2016- 2020: "UNS: U.S.-China: Integrated Systems Modeling of Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus for Urban Sustainability," National Science Foundation, $499,990, CBET-160520. 

  • 2016-2021: Single PI, "CAREER: Computational Approaches for Life Cycle Inventory Database Development," National Science Foundation, $509,800, CBET-1554349.

  • 2014-2017: "Water Scarcity Risk for the Global Trade Network," National Science Foundation, $319,200, CBET-1438197.

  • 2011-2015: "Developing a Spatially-Explicit Agent-Based Life Cycle Analysis Framework for Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Bioenergy Systems," National Science Foundation, $309,097, CBET- 1132581. 

  • 2010-2015: "CERC-CV: U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles," Department of Energy, $12,500,000, DE-PI0000012.


NSF CAREER Award (2016).

Robert A. Laudise Medal, International Society for Industrial Ecology (2015).

Recognized for Impact in Global Education

Francois Fiessinger Scholarship, Environmental Research and Education Foundation (2008- 2010).

Excellent Graduate Award, Tsinghua University (2006).

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