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Alberta "Birdie" Carpenter leads NREL’s efforts for strategic analysis for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Decarbonization Offices. She also manages the team that developed and runs the Materials Flow through Industry tool. This tool provides supply chain impact analysis of the manufacturing sector, offering insight into energy and carbon hotspots within industrial supply chains and the impacts associated with implementing energy reductions strategies.

Research Interests

Life cycle assessment in industrial by-product management, waste management, biofuels and manufacturing technologies

Life cycle inventory database management

Circular economy

Life cycle assessment

Life cycle inventory management


Advanced manufacturing

Supply chain analysis

Sustainable manufacturing

Circular economy

Professional Experience

U.S. Navy, 5 years

GE Medical, San Jose, California, 1 year

Department of Public Works, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 3 years

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor, Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy

PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of New Hampshire


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