Dr. Jay S. Golden
Vice Chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement
Office: Greenville Centre, Suite 1500
Dr. Golden’s teaching interest is in the areas of sustainable systems engineering. The topics include industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, environmental life cycle assessment, urban climatology, energy modeling, process and risk modeling. He also teaches sustainable energy and energy resource topics.
Dr. Golden’s research covers sustainable systems and production consumption systems of earth resources used for engineered infrastructure and manufactured goods. Current areas of focus include risks and resiliency resulting from increased industrialization of terrestrial-based biological feedstocks and the interactions with water and energy. In addition Dr. Golden explores the thermodynamic drivers of local scale and meso-scale climate from engineered infrastructure and the resulting implications to energy, ecosystem services and human health.
Dr. Golden received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Cambridge, and his master's degree in environmental engineering and sustainable development from a joint program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Professional Mastery of Project Management Certificate from Stanford University and has a bachelor's degree in management. He also holds an MLE from Harvard University.
In 2009, Golden was presented the Faculty Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute for his leadership in the field of sustainability education & research and named by Ethisphere as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics. Prior to arriving at East Carolina University, Golden was a faculty member and chair of the Business & Environment program at Duke University