Ming Xu

Team Dec 2, 2022

Ming Xu is the Chair Professor of Carbon Neutrality in School of Environment at Tsinghua University, and the Director of the Institute of Environment and Ecology, selected into China's Overseas High-level Talents. Prior to that, he was a Professor in School for Environment and Sustainability and a Professor in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He was also the inaugural Director of China Programs in School of Environment and Sustainability and Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Industrial Ecology at University of Michigan. He received the 2015 Robert A. Laudise Medal from International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2016, and the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2021. He serves as Vice-Secretary-General of the Water Environment and Water Ecology Branch of the China Urban Science Research Association and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Engineering for its Environment & Light and Textile Industries Engineering Section. He has been serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling since 2015 (2021 Impact Factor: 13.716). He founded the International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS) series in 2018 and has served as the conference General Chair. He was elected Chair of the 2024 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology and President of International Society for Industrial Ecology for 2023-2024.


Ph.D., Civil, and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2009

M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2006

B.S., Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2003

Professional Experiences

Tsinghua University

Chair Professor of Carbon Neutrality, School of Environment, 08/2022-present

University of Michigan


   School for Environment and Sustainability, 09/2020-08/2022

   Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 09/2020-08/2022

   Director of China Programs, School for Environment and Sustainability, 09/2017-08/2022

Associate Professor

   School for Environment and Sustainability (formally School of Natural Resources and Environment), 09/2016-08/2020

   Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 09/2016-08/2020

Assistant Professor

   School of Natural Resources and Environment, 09/2010-08/2016

   Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 09/2011-08/2016

Co-Director, Graduate Certificate Program in Industrial Ecology, 09/2012-08/2022

Core Faculty, Center for Sustainable Systems, 09/2010-08/2022

Faculty Associate, Energy Institute, 09/2010-12/2020

Faculty Associate, Program in the Environment, 11/2010-05/2018

Faculty Affiliate, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, 01/2011-08/2022

Faculty Associate, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, 04/2012-08/2022

Faculty Associate, China Data Center, 11/2015-09/2019

Affiliated Faculty, Michigan Institute for Data Science, 11/2015-08/2022

Affiliated Faculty, Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering, 01/2016-08/2022

Georgia Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, 06/2009-08/2010

Awards and Honors

· Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, 2022

· CAPEES/UCEEF Environmental Educator Award, Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES), 2021 (for “excellence in research and educational outreach”)

· Distinguished Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University, 2021-2022

· Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for “his significant contributions in advancing life-cycle environmental impact assessment of industrial systems”, 2021

· Research Frontier Award, Chinese Society for Industrial Ecology (CSIE), 2019

· ES&T and ES&T Letters Early Career Scientists Virtual Issue, 2019 (one of 24 “outstanding researchers” for “critical role that early career investigators play in discovering new phenomena and pioneering new approaches for solving old problems” in the environmental science and technology field)

· Nanova/CAPEES Frontier Research Award, Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES), 2017 (for “recognized research leadership and pioneered an innovative research area” in environmental science and engineering)

· Ministry of Science and Technology ERDT Visiting Professor, Republic of the Philippines, 2017

· NSF CAREER Award, 2016 (NSF’s “most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations”)

· Robert A. Laudise Medal, International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), 2015 (“for outstanding achievements in industrial ecology by a researcher under the age of 36”)

· Recognized for Impact in Global Education (among 54 faculty/staff members recognized campus wide), Council on Global Engagement, University of Michigan, 2013

· Francois Fiessinger Scholarship, Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), 2008-2010

· Excellent Graduate Award, Tsinghua University, 2006

· Excellent Master Thesis Award, Tsinghua University, 2006

· Tsinghua-Samsung First-Class Scholarship, Samsung Corp., 2006

· Danaher-Hach Environment Scholarship, Danaher Corp., 2005

Professional Affiliations

· Chinese Society for Industrial Ecology (CSIE), Founding Member, 2015-present

· American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Member, 2010-present

· American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Student Member, 2006-2009; Associate Member, 2009-present

· Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), Member, 2010-present

· International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), Member, 2009-present

Editorship and Editorial Board Membership

· Editor-in-Chief, Resources, Conservation & Recycling (Elsevier), 06/2015-present

· Editor-in-Chief, Resources, Conservation & Recycling Advances (Elsevier), 01/2021-present

· Editorial Board, Engineering (Environment & Light and Textile Industries Engineering Section), 02/2020-present

· Editor, Sustainable Horizons, 01/2021-present

· Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 01/2021-12/2025

· Editorial Board, Frontiers in Sustainable Production - Quantitative Sustainability Assessment, 10/2019-present

· Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management, 12/2017-present

· Guest Editor, Special Issue on Advances in Complex Adaptive Systems and Industrial Ecology, Journal of Industrial Ecology (Wiley), 2015

· Associate Editor, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene - Sustainable Engineering, 03/2013-09/2019

· Associate Editor, Resources, Conservation & Recycling (Elsevier), 01/2013-05/2015

Representative Publications

  1. Zhao, B.; Shuai, C.-Y.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.* Use deep learning to fill data gaps in environmental footprint accounting. Environmental Science & Technology 2022, 56 (16), 11897-11906.
  2. Shuai, C.-Y.; Yu, L.; Chen, X.; Zhao, B.; Qu, S.; Zhu, J.; Liu, J.; Miller, S. A.; Xu, M.* Principal indicators to monitor Sustainable Development Goals. Environmental Research Letters 2022, 16 (2), 124015.
  3. Kang, P.; Song, G.-H.; Xu, M.; Miller, T. R.; Wang, H.-K.; Zhang, H.; Liu, G.; Zhou, Y.; Ren, J.-S.; Zhou, R.-Y.; Duan, H.-B. Low-carbon pathways for the booming express delivery sector in China. Nature Communications 2021, 12, 450.
  4. Qu, S.; Yang, Y.-T.; Wang, Z.-H.; Zou, J.-P.; Xu, M.* Great divergence exists in Chinese provincial trade-related CO2 emission accounts. Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54 (14), 8527-8538.
  5. Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Zhao, Q.-T.; Zhang, X.-L.; Daigger, G. T.; Newell, J. P.; Miller, S. A.; Johnson, J. X.; Love, N. G.; Zhang, L.-X.; Yang, Z.-F.; Xu, M.* Quantifying the urban food-energy-water nexus: the case of the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Environmental Science & Technology 2019, 53 (2), 779-788.