Troy Hottle

Junior Fellow, Spring 2015

Troy is an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on energy modeling and the use of life cycle assessment. He graduated with a PhD from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. His dissertation looked at optimizing the end of life treatment of biopolymer wastes from an environmental and economic perspective. Using life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, and dynamic modeling, Troy quantified the environmental end of life profile for biopolymers and added to the fundamental understanding of compostable biopolymers in real disposal systems. Additionally, he evaluated the possibility of enhancing degradation rates of biopolymers in industrial composting systems.

Prior to his PhD, Troy worked as the project manager and technical expert at Steel City Biofuels which quickly became a part of Penn State through Extension Services. As a Program Associate for Penn State he wrote grants focused on the development and implementation of biofuel infrastructure in the region. Troy next took a job at GTECH Strategies where he served as the Reclamation Projects Manager. While at GTECH he led several projects of note including researching the possible application of man-made soils using residual industrial products, neighborhood-based environmental assessments for vacant land, and developing standard procedures for the evaluation of potential project sites for the organization. Additionally, Troy is Permaculture Design Certified and was a Penn State Master Gardener. While in Pittsburgh he lectured at Phipps Conservatory on composting and garden design.

Troy moved to Tempe, Arizona in 2012 to pursue his PhD in Sustainable Engineering. Troy received his bachelor's degree from Hiram College, and through his studies there he had the opportunity to study in more than 10 different countries.