Dr. Christopher M. Chini, Ph.D

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, 2018
Area of Specialization: Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems
Thesis Title: The Blue City: Urban Metabolism and the Energy-Water Nexus
Advisor: Ashlynn S. Stillwell

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Science in Civil Engineering, 2015
Area of Specialization: Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems
Thesis Title: An experimental method for visualizing undrained shearing failure in a transparent soft clay surrogate
Advisors: Joshua Peschel and Cassandra Rutherford

Texas A&M University, College Station
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2011


AFIT Graduate School of Engineering Management Teaching Award, 2021

Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2021

Instructor of the Year Sigma Beta Chapter of Sigma Iota Epsilon, 2021

Outstanding Reviewer for 2020, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 2021

Graduate School of Engineering Management (EN) Civilian of the Quarter (Fall), 2020.

Water Resources Research Top Downloaded Paper of 2018-2019 Award, 2020

UCOWR Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Water Policy and Socio-Economics, 2019

ASCE EWRI Conference Student Sustainability Presentation Competition Winner, 2016

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP), 2015

Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, 2013

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, 2011

NPS SMART Scholarship Recipient, 2009


Chini, C.M., Nugent, J., Stillwell, A.S., and Peer, R.A.M. (accepted). A Critical Review on the Accounting of Energy in Virtual Water Trade. Journal of Cleaner Production.

Weiss, S.*, Delorit, J.D., and Chini, C.M. (accepted). Energy Forecasting to Benchmark for Federal Net-Zero Objectives under Climate Uncertainty. Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability. DOI: 10.1088/2634-4505/ac9712

Moer, Z.*, Chini, C.M., Feng, P., and Schuldt, S. (2022). Contested Agile Combat Employment A Site-Selection Methodology. Air & Space Operations Review. 1 (3), 62--74.

Hastie, A.G., Chini, C.M., and Stillwell, A.S. (2022) A Mass Balance Approach to Urban Water Analysis Using Multi-resolution Data. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 26(1), 213--224. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12995.

Ferry, T.*, Delorit, J.D., and Chini, C.M.. (2022). Modeling Cost Uncertainty and Climate Change for Centralized Heating: A Case Study of Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 28(1), 05021011. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)IS.1943-555X.0000666.

Cunningham, S.*, Schuldt, S.J., Chini, C.M., and Delorit, J.D. (2021). A simulation-optimization framework for post-disaster allocation of mental health resources. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 21, 3843--3862. DOI: 10.5194/nhess-21-3843-2021.

Zib, L.*, Byrne, D.M., Marston, L., and Chini, C.M.. (2021). Operational Carbon Footprint of the U.S. Water Sector's Energy Consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production. 321, 128815. DOI: 10.1016/j.clepro.2021.128815.

Chini, C.M. and Delorit, J.D. (2021). Opportunities for Robustness of Water Footprints in Electricity Generation. Earth's Future. 9(7), e2021EF002096. DOI: 10.1029/2021EF002096. (invited).

Peer, R.A.M. and Chini, C.M. (2021). Historical Tradeoffs of Water and Carbon Intensity of Global Electricity Production. Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability. 1(2), 025001. DOI: 10.1088/2634-4505/ac0a94.

Chini, C.M., Excell, L.E., and Stillwell, A.S. (2021). A review of energy-for-water data in energy-water nexus publications. Environmental Research Letters. 15(12), 123011. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abcc2a.

Chini, C.M. and Peer, R.A.M. (2021). The Water Footprint of Global Energy Trade from 2010--2018. Scientific Data. 8(7), 1-8. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-020-00795-6.

Taylor, W., Schuldt, S.J., Delorit, J.D., Chini, C.M., Postolache, T., Lowry, C., Brenner, L., and Hoisington, A. (2021). A framework for estimating the United States depression burden attributable to indoor fine particulate matter exposure. Science of the Total Environment. 756, 143858. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143858.

Peer, R.A.M and Chini, C.M. (2020). An Integrated Assessment of the Global Virtual Water Trade Network of Energy. Environmental Research Letters. 15(11), 114015. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abbbb0.

Chini, C.M., Logan, L.H., and Stillwell, A.S. (2020). Grey Water Footprints of U.S. Thermoelectric Power Plants from 2010-2016. Advances in Water Resources. 145, 103733. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103733.

Roidt, M., Chini, C.M., Stillwell, A.S., and Cominola, A. (2020). Unlocking the Impacts of COVID-19 Lockdowns: Changes in Thermal Electricity Generation Water Footprint and Virtual Water Trade in Europe. Environmental Science & Technology Letters. 7(9), 683--689. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00381.

Siddik, M., Chini, C.M., and Marston, L.T. (2020). Urban water and carbon footprints of electricity are sensitive to geographical attribution method. Environmental Science & Technology. 54(12), 7533--7541. DOI: 10.1021/acs/est.0c00176

Delorit, J.D., Schuldt, S.J., and Chini, C.M. (2020) Evaluating an Adaptive Management Strategy for Organizational Energy Use under Climate Uncertainty. Energy Policy, 142, 111547. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111547

Chini, C.M., and Stillwell, A.S. (2020) One model does not fit all: Bottom-up indicators of residential water use provide limited explanation of urban water fluxes. Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, 6(3), 04020011. DOI: 10.1061/JSWBAY.0000916 (Editor's Choice Selection).

Chini, C.M. and Stillwell, A.S. (2020). Envisioning Blue Cities: Urban Water Governance and Water Footprinting. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 146(3), 04020001. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001171

Chini, C.M., and Stillwell, A.S. (2020) The changing virtual water trade network of the European electric grid. Applied Energy. 260, 114151. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.114151

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