Dr. Kristin C. Lewis
Principal Technical Advisor for Energy Analysis and Sustainability
Dr. Kristin Lewis is the principal technical advisor for energy analysis and sustainability at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center. Dr. Lewis joined Volpe in 2009 with a focus on resilience in transportation, alternative fuels, sustainability, and environmental impact risk assessments.
Dr. Lewis supports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the head research and technical advisor to the FAA-sponsored Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) and provides technical expertise to FAA as a member of the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization Committee for Aviation Environmental Protection (ICAO CAEP) Fuels Task Group, for which she co-leads the Sustainability Task Group, and as co-rapporteur of the Sustainability Certification Scheme Evaluation Group. Dr. Lewis also leads the development of the Freight and fuel Transportation Optimization Tool (FTOT), a model for assessing optimal transport of commodities in a supply chain, which has been sponsored by the FAA, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Dr. Lewis leads the Tools to Augment Transportation Infrastructure Resilience and Disaster Recovery project for FHWA and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
Dr. Lewis participated in the winning 2013 Volpe Innovation Challenge team focusing on supporting the use of federal tools to address transportation-related climate change adaptation and resilience needs and has also received competitive funding for projects on network resilience, water scarcity, and optimizing localized food supply chains.
Dr. Lewis has performed a variety of analyses on alternative fuels availability, feasibility, environmental sustainability, and potential greenhouse gas benefits. With colleagues from FAA, DOE, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and academia, she has published on future alternative jet fuel production and availability. She has worked with researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, FAA, and others to develop and implement the use of a Feedstock Readiness Level tool for communicating maturity of feedstock development. With USDA and Forest Service colleagues, she co-led a sub-team of the Farm to Fly 2.0 Initiative focusing on benchmarking feedstock readiness and developing guidance to facilitate readiness evaluations. She has also worked with researchers from FAA and the Air Force to define criteria for fulfilling the Fuel Readiness Level, an alternative jet fuel-focused adaptation of NASA/DOD Technology Readiness Level. With the Environmental Law Institute, Dr. Lewis co-authored a paper on invasive species risks associated with biofuel feedstocks and the regulatory frameworks to reduce those risks. Dr. Lewis has supported the FAA and National Park Service’s research efforts on aviation noise impacts on national park visitors as part of the Air Tour Management Plan program. Dr. Lewis also co-leads Volpe’s Transportation and Climate Change Community of Practice.
Dr. Lewis received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2011 and has received numerous U.S. DOT and Volpe Director’s Awards.
Dr. Lewis received a BS in chemistry and studies in the environment (double major) from Yale and a PhD in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard.