Jose F. Alfaro

Assistant Professor of Practice


PhD, University of Michigan

MS, Clemson University

BS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

(734) 763-8564


Dr. Alfaro’s work uses engineering and complex systems tools such as Agent-Based Modeling, System Dynamics, and Network Science. In line with his position as a Professor of the Practice, Dr. Alfaro’s scholarship has an applied focus.  This has led him to work closely with communities, industry, NGO’s, and government organizations in developing his work. Dr. Alfaro is also the founder and faculty director of Sustainability Without Borders, an interdisciplinary student organization that works with communities to develop ethical partnerships for learning and enhancing sustainability.  This organization labors to provide students with a meaningful engaged experience that also increases the capacity of the communities and NGO’s it works with and increases their well-being. 

Dr. Alfaro’s scholarship revolves around three main efforts:

  1. Using Industrial Symbiosis at the small-scale to increase communities’ sustainability and well-being
  2. Deploying renewable energy for sustainable development of least industrialized countries
  3. Developing tools for policy and decision-making through computer modeling of socio-technical systems

  • Proctor and Gamble MCubed Diamond Grant, Using Industrial Symbiosis Concepts to Reduce Flexible Packaging Flow to Landfill in Developing Countries. $80,000, 2016-2017. Principle Investigator.
  • UM Center for Global and Intercultural Studies, Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates, Helping Communities Find their Voice on Cultural and Environmental Issues. $58,000, 2016-2017. Principle Investigator.
  • UM Humanitarian Technologies Institute Seed Grant, Social Life Cycle Assessment for Manufacture of Appropriate Technologies for Disadvantaged Communities. $6,000, 2014-2015. Co-author with Student Jenna Lee.
  • UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, Experiential Learning Fund, Practice In Sustainable Community Development, $10,000. 2014-2015. Principle Investigator.
  • UM International Institute, Internationalizing the Curriculum, Practice in Sustainable Community Development, $10,000. 2014-2015. Principle Investigator.

  • Golden Apple Award Nomination (2015)
  • Impact on Global Experience Student Recognition (2014, 2015)

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  • Curriculum Innovations Working Group
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • International Engagement Committee
  • University Wide International Education Network

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