Ashlynn Stillwell, Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Water We Doing at Home? Water and Energy in the Residential Environment
Abstract: Residential environments represent important aspects of the energy-water nexus, accounting for about 40% of energy consumption and 13% of water withdrawals nationally. A combination of housing characteristics, infrastructure, and human behaviors determine residential energy and water use. But what are we doing at home that requires so much water and energy? Leveraging residential electricity and water meter-level data, we use non-intrusive load monitoring and clustering techniques to estimate specific end uses of energy and water in the home. Our results provide end-use data for occupants and can support data-driven, customized conservation and efficiency recommendations for a more sustainable residential environment.
Biosketch: Dr. Ashlynn S. Stillwell is an Associate Professor and the Elaine F. and William J. Hall Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on creating sustainable water and energy systems in a policy-relevant context. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2006), and an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2010), M.P.Aff in Public Affairs (2010), and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013) from The University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work experience includes consulting engineering at Burns & McDonnell (2006-2007) and policy research at the Congressional Research Service (2009). Dr. Stillwell received the National Science Foundation CAREER award and the UCOWR Early Career Award for Applied Research for her research work on the energy-water nexus. She was honored with the 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Woman of Distinction Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the 2018 Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2018 AEESP Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science. Dr. Stillwell has also been among the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students at Illinois. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and was previously Chair of the Board of Directors of Faith in Place.
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