Dr. Burek has over 13 years of research experience in modeling of complex systems including applied energy systems, renewable energy, commercial buildings, agricultural systems, food processing, and food distribution. Her main expertise is in the life cycle assessment (LCA) method and application. At MIT, she is developing a streamlined LCA framework and models to support early decision making in commercial buildings development. Within the SHINE at MIT project, she focuses on assessing the positive impact of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and the industry stakeholders.
Burek, J., Nutter, D., (2019). “A Life Cycle Assessment-Based Multi-Objective Optimization of the Purchased, Solar, and Wind Energy for the Grocery, Perishables, and General Merchandise Multi-Facility Distribution Center Network.” Applied Energy 235: 1427–46.
Lindsay, K., Popp, M., Ashworth, A., Owens, P., Burek, J., 2018. A decision-support system for analyzing tractor guidance technology. Comput. Electron. Agric. 153, 115–125. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2018.08.014
Dalla Riva, A., Burek, J., Kim, D., Thoma, G., Cassandro, M., De Marchi, M., (2018). The environmental analysis of asiago PDO cheese: a case study from farm gate-to-plant gate, Ital. J. Anim. Sci. 17. 250–262. doi:10.1080/1828051X.2017.1344936.
Kim, D., Nutter, D., Selke, S., Auras, R., Cashman, S., … Thoma, G. (2018). Environmental Sustainability of Fluid Milk Delivery Systems in the United States. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 22(1), 180–195. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12531
Putman, B., Thoma, G., Burek, J., Matlock, M. (2017). A Retrospective Analysis of the United States Poultry Industry: 1965 Compared With 2010, Agric. Syst. 157. doi: 10.1016/j.agsy.2017.07.008.
Kim, D., Tomasula, P., Yee, W., Hestekin, J., Thoma, G., (2016). Reducing Environmental Impact of Greek Yogurt is the Whey to Go. Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food, October 19 – 21, Dublin, Ireland; http://lcafood2016.org/
Dalla Riva, A., Thoma, G., Burek, J.,
Kim, D., Cassandro, M., De Marchi, M., (2016). Cradle-to-grave Lifecycle Impacts of Italian Mozzarella Cheese. Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food, October 19 – 21, Dublin, Ireland; http://lcafood2016.org/
Dalla Riva, A., Burek, J., Kim, D., Thoma, G., Cassandro, M., De Marchi, M., (2017). Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Italian Mozzarella Cheese: Hotspots and Improvement Opportunities, J. Dairy Sci. 100. doi:10.3168/jds.2016-12396.
Dalla Riva, A., Burek, J., Kim, D., Thoma, G., Cassandro, M., De Marchi, M., (2015). The environmental impact of cow milk in the northeast of Italy, Poljoprivreda. 21 (2015). doi: 10.18047/poljo.21.1.sup.24.
Almutairi, K., Thoma, G., Burek, J., Algarni, S., and Nutter, D., (2015). Life Cycle Assessment and Economic Analysis of Residential Air Conditioning in Saudi Arabia. Energy and Buildings 102: 370–379.
Thoma, G., Popp, J., Maxwell, C., and Ulrich, R., (2015). Feeding Strategies to Mitigate Cost and Environmental Footprint of Pig Production in the US; http://articles.extension.org/pages/72746/feeding-strategies-to-mitigate-cost-and-environmental-footprint-of-pig-production-in-the-us
Thoma, G., Popp, J., Maxwell, C., Ulrich, R., (2014). Developing Environmental Footprint, Cost, and Nutrient Database of the US Animal Feed Ingredients, Proceedings of 9th
Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food, October 8-10, 2014, San Francisco, CA, US; http://lcafood2014.org/papers/258.pdf
Henderson, A., Asselin, A., Heller, M., Vionnet, S., Lessard, L., Humbert, S., Saad, R., Margni, M., Thoma, G., Matlock, M., Burek J, Kim, D., Jolliet, O. (2013) Comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment of Fluid Milk in the United States. Final Report, University of Michigan