James Levis is Research Assistant Professor in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State. Levis earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, after which he worked as a quality engineer in a nuclear fuel plant. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at NC State, and began his current position in 2014.
His research interests are in the area of environmental systems analysis and decision support primarily in the areas of solid waste, wastewater, and drinking water systems. Since 2009, he has led the development of the Solid Waste Optimization Lifecycle Framework (SWOLF) (go.ncsu.edu/swolfpy).The latest version, SwolfPy, is an open-source Python-based framework for developing and assessing sustainable policies, strategies, and systems for managing waste resources. Three of Levis’s articles on sustainable waste material management, have won runner-up awards for Best Environmental Analysis Papers in Environmental Science & Technology.
Beginning in 2014, Levis led an International Institute for Solid Waste Life-Cycle Modeling. He is also investigating the most sustainable ways to recover nutrients and energy from the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW), as well as exploring sustainable long-term management of municipal solid waste for local communities.