Meet some of our staff in the Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division.
David A. Arthur, PE
Chief of Energy Analysis and Sustainability
MEng Automotive Engineering,
University of Michigan
BS Mechanical Engineering,
Pennsylvania State University
As chief of the Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division, David Arthur manages over a dozen research staff and projects in areas including alternative fuels, electrification technology, energy safety, vehicle efficiency and emissions, and transportation sustainability (economic, environmental, and social). Arthur has established expertise in hydrogen fuel cells, autonomous vehicle control technologies, various energy storage and micro-grid technologies, hybridization strategies (including energy assurance strategies), vehicle product engineering, and formal systems engineering processes (e.g., hazard analysis, FMEA, and ISO 26262).
Arthur provides direct project leadership and technical support to the U.S. Air Force-sponsored REDI project where Volpe is providing the resiliency analysis framework for energy assurance architecture decision making. Arthur also provides similar support to the Hampton Roads Quantification project where Volpe helps the region (with the largest naval base in the world) quantify direct and indirect economic impacts from recurrent flooding and extreme weather to the transportation infrastructure. Arthur also provides automotive engineering expertise to NHTSA-sponsored projects including the Functional Safety of Automated Lane Centering Controls. Arthur has co-authored publications including a report for FTA titled Review and Evaluation of Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for Electric Transit Applications.
During Arthur’s 14 years in the private sector, he earned 22 patents in the area of hydrogen fuel cells and battery hybridization strategies. Arthur was also the program chief engineer at United Technologies’ fuel cell division for an automotive fuel cell program and a stationary flow battery program. At General Motors, Arthur spent 11 years in various roles including lead systems engineer on the fuel cell program, regenerative braking engineer for the EV1 electric vehicle, and chassis engineer for the Precept 80 mile-per-gallon PNGV hybrid-electric vehicle.
Environmental Protection Specialist
MF Forestry, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
BA East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University
Andrew Breck joined Volpe in 2011. Applying a dual background in the natural and social sciences, he researches, analyzes, and synthesizes information to support strategic decisions, plans, and policies for a variety of customers. His work addresses diverse topics, including sustainability, energy, resiliency, vulnerable road user safety, and social equity. He recently led a Volpe team that supported the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in developing the FHWA Environmental Justice Reference Guide. The guide draws together information from diverse disciplines, strengthening and broadening the conversation on environmental justice while providing practical tips and tools for transportation agencies.
Breck has also developed resource management plans for a variety of clients, proposing options and weighing the costs and benefits of each approach. His analyses focus on monetary as well as non-monetary costs and benefits, such as ecosystem services and social outcomes. One example of a relevant transportation application for this type of analysis is assisting transportation agencies in evaluating methods for managing the right-of-way real estate that they own and maintain for safety, aesthetics, asset preservation, and other desired values.
Coralie L. Cooper
Environmental Protection Specialist
MCP Environmental Policy Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA Literature, Boston University
Coralie Cooper has been at Volpe for four years, where she provides support and analysis for federal light-, medium-, and heavy-duty fuel consumption regulations for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Cooper is the technical lead for the Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division on an initiative to assist the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in developing approaches to quantify and reduce airport-related GHG emissions. Cooper has also worked on a carbon neutral airport project, high-performance sustainable buildings for the FAA, and GHG reporting for the Maritime Administration.
Prior to working at Volpe, Cooper was transportation program manager at NESCAUM, an association of eight northeast state air pollution control agencies. During that time, Cooper was a member of National Research Council committees and the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee. Cooper represented NESCAUM in numerous state and federal forums and has authored reports and articles on reducing GHG and criteria emissions from highway and non-road vehicles.
Cooper is a certified energy manager (CEM) and is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Alexander K. Epstein, PhD
PhD Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
SM Applied Physics, Harvard University
BS Engineering, Olin College
Dr. Alexander Epstein has been at Volpe for six years, where he supports transportation energy sustainability and multimodal vehicle safety programs spanning local, state, and federal transportation agencies. Epstein established and leads a portfolio of vehicle technology analysis projects with major city fleets, including New York City, San Francisco, and Cambridge, advancing Vision Zero initiatives to reduce traffic fatalities as well as citywide decarbonization goals through the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.
Epstein has also worked on a first-in-the-U.S. carbon neutral airport project, an airport-related GHG emission inventory and reduction frameworks for the Federal Aviation Administration, an inter-agency climate change scenario planning project in Central New Mexico, and a fuel efficiency technology potential safety impact analysis for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Epstein routinely prepares and briefs technical analyses, interviews subject matter experts, and engages stakeholders.
Epstein received the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Excellence in Technology Transfer Award—U.S. DOT’s first in seven years—for new vehicle technology deployed through the city fleet partnerships.
Environmental Protection Specialist
MS Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England
BA Peace and Justice Studies, Tufts University
Peter Herzig joined Volpe in 2014 as a student intern and joined the Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division as an environmental protection specialist later that year. Since joining the division, Herzig has provided technical and coordination support for the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). Herzig also provides geospatial analysis for a variety of projects, including the FAA’s Unstaffed Infrastructure Sustainment Program, the Alternative Fuel Transportation Optimization Tool (AFTOT), and airport taxiway analyses and highway analyses. Herzig supports project management and database updates for the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). He has also supported Volpe’s Green Week and Innovation Challenge, as well as updating the Center for Policy, Planning, and Environment’s web pages.
Prior to joining Volpe, Herzig worked on a number of projects aimed at the corporate adoption of responsible business practices for a more sustainable global economy. Herzig is a Marine Corps veteran, having served in Iraq as an intelligence analyst and a security specialist at the U.S. Embassies in Zambia, the Dominican Republic, and Turkey.
Kristin C. Lewis, PhD
PhD Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
BS Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Yale College
Dr. Kristin Lewis focuses on resilience in transportation; alternative jet fuel transportation, availability, and sustainability analyses; and environmental impact 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) Alternative Fuels Task Force. She also leads the development of the Freight and fuel Transportation Optimization Tool (FTOT), a national model for assessing transport of fuels, raw materials, and co-products, which has been sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, FAA, and the Department of Energy.
Dr. Lewis participated in the winning Volpe Innovation Challenge team focusing on supporting the use of federal tools to address transportation-related climate change adaptation and resilience needs.
Dr. Lewis has performed a variety of analyses on alternative fuels availability, feasibility, environmental sustainability, and potential greenhouse gas benefits, and also published an extensive study of invasive species risks associated with biofuel feedstock production. 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 is currently co-leading a subteam of the Farm to Fly 2.0 Initiative focusing on benchmarking feedstock readiness and developing guidance to facilitate readiness evaluation. She has also worked with researchers from FAA and the Air Force on exit criteria for the Fuel Readiness Level, an alternative jet fuel-focused adaptation of NASA/DOD Technology Readiness Level. Dr. Lewis supports 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 internal 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.
Transportation Project Engineer
BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine
Michael Scarpino provides planning and management support for programs that promote improved energy-related technologies and practices in the transportation sector. He started at Volpe in 2013 and currently is focused on inter-agency initiatives supporting fleets and end-users’ transition to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
Prior to working for the U.S. Department of Transportation at Volpe, Scarpino worked for 16+ years at the U.S. Department of Energy supporting the Clean Cities Program. Responsibilities included facilitating the efforts of the national Clean Cities coalition network to increase the use of alternative fuels and vehicles through the development of public-private partnerships. Along with traditional project management duties, Scarpino facilitated technology deployment strategies, evaluated proper alternative fuel technologies, determined resource availability, provided technical assistance, contributed areas of expertise, and supported transportation market transformation activities. While serving as the team lead project manager, he oversaw the administration of a portfolio of projects and program support contracts totaling over $860 million in annual appropriations and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for transportation-related projects.
Scarpino’s 30-year federal career includes working for 12 years as a nuclear engineer for the Department of the Navy's Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire and the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina.
Erika A. Sudderth, PhD
PhD Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
BS Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Minor in Environmental Studies), UC San Diego
Dr. Erika Sudderth’s primary focus is sustainability analysis and assessment of environmental effects of renewable energy technology. She also provides data analysis and statistical modeling support for a variety of projects at Volpe.
Dr. Sudderth supports the DOT Maritime Administration as the technical lead for sustainability project development and reporting efforts. She also supports an ARPAe renewable energy program by providing technical expertise and an assessment of potential environmental effects of a new tidal energy technology. Dr. Sudderth helped develop dose-response relationships for effects of aircraft noise on National Park visitors as part of the Air Tour Management program for the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service.
Prior to joining Volpe in 2014, Dr. Sudderth was a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University and UC Berkeley, investigating the effects of global change on plants and soil microbes, with subsequent consequences for species interactions and ecosystem function. Her research combined experimental manipulations, laboratory analysis, and statistical modeling. At Brown University, she also taught several introductory courses in environmental statistics and biological computing.
Operations Research Analyst
BA Environmental Studies, Carleton College
Emma Vinella-Brusher joined the Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division at Volpe in September 2016. She first worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in summer 2015 as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) program, interning in the Office of the Secretary (OST) Office of Sustainability & Safety Management at U.S. DOT headquarters in Washington, D.C. She plans to pursue a master’s in urban planning within the next five years, further developing her interest in the intersection between transportation planning and sustainability in local communities.
With a background in environmental studies, Vinella-Brusher primarily provides research and analytical support for both OST and the U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD). Vinella-Brusher also splits her time with the Transportation Planning Division. There, she works on a variety of technical projects including ones related to the recently released National Transit Map and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Vinella-Brusher also supports the Volpe Green Team on sustainability policy and outreach at the Center.