Dr. V. (Valentina) Prado

  • Assistant professor
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Decision Analysis


Valentina Prado joined CML in May 2015 as an assistant professor in  the department of Industrial Ecology. Her research interests are at the intersection of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and decision analysis. Her goal is to advance the decision support capabilities in LCA by implementing multi criteria decision methods that integrate uncertainty in the assessment, highlight tradeoffs pertinent to the decision and are receptive of multiple stakeholder views. Application of these methods is most suitable for the evaluation of emerging technologies. Related research topics include: normalization, weighting, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis and result visualization. At CML,  Valentina is also an instructor of the  graduate LCA and Sustainable Development courses.

Valentina is an active SETAC member currently participating in the Normalization and Weighting Task force and serves as a reviewer for the main LCA oriented journals. In addition, she is involved with the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge supported by  the US Department of State for which she has done work in Mexico, Chile, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Valentina holds a PhD and MS in Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University. Her work is published in the Handbook of LCA (ed. Mary Ann Curran), the International Journal of LCA,  Journal of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Science and Technology. In addition, she holds a provisional patent for a  software tool for comparative LCA interpretation. Valentina graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Civil Engineering from Jackson State University in Mississippi where she earned a full academic and tennis scholarship. 

On a personal side, Valentina was born and raised in Colombia, later she emigrated with her family to Canada, studied university in the USA and is currently  working at CML!


Refereed articles

Prado-Lopez V, Laurin L, Seager TP, Chester M. 2015. Tradeoff evaluation improves comparative life cycle assessment: A photovoltaic case study. Journal of Industrial Ecology . 

Wender BA, Foley RW, Prado-Lopez V, Ravikumar D, Eisenberg DA, Hottle T, Sadowski J, Flanagan WP, Fischer A, Laurin L, Bates ME, Linkov I, Seager TP, Fraser MP, Guston DH. 2014. Illustrating anticipatory life cycle assessment for emerging photovoltaic technologies. Environmental Science & Technology. 48(18): 10531-10538

 Wender BA, Foley RW, Hottle TA, Sadowski J, Prado-Lopez V, Eisenberg DA, Laurin L, Seager TP. 2014. Anticipatory life cycle assessment for responsible research and innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation.

Prado-Lopez V, Seager TP, Chester M, Laurin L, Bernardo M, Tylock S. 2014. Stochastic multiattribute analysis (SMAA) as an interpretation method for comparative life cycle assessment (LCA)” International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 19(2):405-416

Jolliet O, Frischknecht R, Bare J, Boulay AM, Bulle C, Fantke P, Gheewala S, Hauschild M, Itsuboe N, Margni M, McKone TE, Canals L, Prado-Lopez V, Ridoutt B, Sonnemann G, Rosenbaum R, Seager TP, Struijs J, van Zelm R, Vigon B & Weisbrod A. 2014. Global guidance on environmental life cycle impact assessment indicators: findings of the scoping phase. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 1-6.

Book Chapters:

Prado V, Rogers K, Seager TP. 2012. “Integration of multi criteria decision analysis tools in valuation of comparative life cycle assessment” in Life Cycle Assessment: A Guide to Sustainable Products, Benefits of Life Cycle Thinking (Curran, M.A eds.). Wiley. ISBN: 9781118099728

Conference Proceedings:

Prado-Lopez V, Stewart T, Makowski M, von Winterfeldt D. 2013. Value measurement analysis of energy tradeoffs in South Africa. Proceedings International Symposium of Sustainable Systems and Technologies Cincinnati OH.

Bawden K, Prado V, Seager TP, Mechtenberg AR, Bennett E. 2011. Ultra-low energy army installations. Proceedings of the ASME 2011 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS2011, September 18-21, 2011, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, SMASIS2011-5074.

Prado V, Seager TP, Mechtenberg AR, Bennett E. 2011. “A Systemic Thermodynamic Analysis of Fuel Consumption at Forward Operating Bases.” Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Chicago IL, 16-18 May 2011

Last Modified: 26-02-2016