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Project Management Team

Information about the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database project management team is listed on this page.

Additional project information is available about the U.S. LCI Database advisory committee and stakeholders.

Michael Deru, Ph.D.

Senior Engineer, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

Email | 303-384-7503


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
M.S. & Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Professional History

Michael has worked as a Senior Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) since 2000. After graduating with his bachelor's degree, he served in the Peace Corp for two years in Cameroon to teach physics, and then worked for Westinghouse as a nuclear plant engineer. He went from Westinghouse into Colorado State University's Ph.D. program, where he worked at NREL as an intern. Upon completion of his degree, he joined NREL as an engineer. He has managed the LCI Database from its launch and focuses his time on overseeing the database's future direction, with a focus on fostering essential public-private LCA collaborations.

Alberta Carpenter, Ph.D.

Environmental Engineer Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

Email | 303-275-4232


B.S. in Ocean Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, University of New Hampshire.

Professional History

Alberta has worked as an environmental engineer at NREL since September 2009. She earned her bachelor's degree at the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy for five years. Following the Navy, she worked for General Electric Medical Systems in San Jose, then moved to Saipan, where she managed the Solid Waste Management Program for three years. She went from Saipan to a master's program at Carnegie Mellon University, then into a Ph.D. program at University of New Hampshire. She joined NREL as an engineer after completion of her doctorate in environmental engineering. She works with Michael Deru to manage the U.S. LCI Database.