Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of bio-based products; forest products marketing; forest economics
In Dr. Ganguly’s current position as Research Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University Washington in Seattle, he is leading the life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental footprint analysis efforts for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) bio-jet fuel project. In general, Dr. Ganguly’s current research interests can be broadly categorized into three major groups (i) environmental evaluation of various forms of bio-energy and estimating the true carbon footprint and environmental consequences of bio-based technologies/products using life cycle assessment (LCA), (ii) exploring the role of environmental certification programs and environmental laws on global wood products industries (Asia focus), and (iii) investigating the socio-economic and cultural consequences of natural resource management among indigenous communities. Dr. Ganguly has developed research collaborations with multiple universities in the US, Italy, Canada, China and India. He has also developed significant research ties with various US based industry/trade associations/NGOs.
B.Sc., Economics, University of Calcutta
MBA, Natural Resources and Rural Management, Indian Institute of Rural Management
Ph.D., Forest Products and Marketing, University of Washington
Professor Ganguly is currently accepting three graduate students who meet the following criteria:
M.S. Student – Commercializing harvest of Maple Syrup from Bigleaf Maple: The applicants will be evaluated on the following: (i) background and/or interest in qualitative modeling, (ii) awareness of issues associated with natural resource management, and (iii) knowledge of Maple Syrup or any other non-timber forest products. Funding is available for the position.
M.S./Ph.D. Student – Climate change implications of forestry practices and the wood products industry: The applicants will be evaluated on the following: (i) background and/or interest in qualitative modeling, (ii) knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment modeling, and (iii) background in natural resource management, forestry, or wood products. Funding is available for the position.
M.S./Ph.D. Student – Wood products trade and economics: emphasis of international legality legislations: The applicants will be evaluated on the following: (i) background in econometric modeling, (ii) interest in illegal trade and/or trade modeling (iii) background in natural resource management, forestry, or wood products. Funding is available for the position.
- QSCI 482 | Statistical Inference and Hypothesis Testing (5) - Autumn
Current Sponsored Projects
- Environmental and economic assessment of simultaneous production of polylactic acid and lignin-based co-products
This project will explore the simultaneous production of PLA and co-products from residual woody biomass. Alternative scenarios will be considered for producing lignin-based co-products, including: 1) cogeneration of electricity and steam; 2) production of biochar through pyrolysis; 2) production of biofuels through hydropyrolysis with the use of multifunctional catalysts.
- Developing an Export Oriented U.S. Wood Pellet Industry in the Pacific Northwest with a Focus on the Asian Market
The overall goal is to develop an export oriented manufacturing cluster in the PNW, to economically utilize the residual woody biomass, currently being disposed of by burning, through development of an export oriented torrefied wood pellets industry in the PNW.
F Pierobon, M Huang, K Simonen, I Ganguly. (2019). Environmental benefits of using hybrid CLT structure in midrise non-residential construction: An LCA based comparative case study in the US PNW. Journal of Building Engineering. 100862
CX Chen, F Pierobon, I Ganguly. (2019). Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Produced in Western Washington: The Role of Logistics and Wood Species Mix. Sustainability 11(5): 1278
K Song, I Ganguly, I Eastin, C Dou, R Bura, A Dichiara. (2019). Structure–property relationships of hydrothermally treated western hemlock. SN Applied Sciences 1(1): 84
Alanya-Rosenbaum S, Bergman RD, Ganguly I, Pierobon F. 2018. A comparative life-cycle assessment of briquetting logging residues and lumber manufacturing coproducts in Western United States. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 34(1): 11-24 doi: 10.13031/aea.12378
Ganguly, I., Pierobon, F., Bowers, T., Huisenga, M., Eastin, I., Johnston, G. 2018. ‘Woods-to-Wake’ Life Cycle Assessment of Residual Woody Biomass Based Jet-Fuel Using Dilute Acid Pretreatment. Biomass and Bioenergy 108(January): 207-216 doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.10.041