Dr. Joule Bergerson

Associate Professor,
Canada Research Chair in Energy Technology Assessment

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Centre for Env. Engineering Research and Education
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary

Maximizing energy production while keeping the climate and costs in mind through new technologies requires a deeper understanding of life cycle assessment and systems modeling. That is what I intend to do, by providing more “bang for your buck” when it comes to making better and more informed decisions about how we use and develop energy. I am an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and the Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. My primary research interests are systems-level analysis for policy and decision making of energy system investment and management. The focus of my work is developing tools and frameworks for the assessment of prospective technology options and their policy implications from a life cycle perspective. To date, my work has addressed fossil fuel derived electricity, oil sands development, carbon capture and storage, energy systems for low carbon communities, renewable energy and energy storage technologies. Project researchers on my team work with scientists, engineers and members of the business community who are developing new energy technologies, to develop and refine techniques for prospective life cycle assessment. These techniques help prioritize research and development activities, by identifying technologies – or optimal combinations of technologies – that would provide particularly large life cycle benefits

Dr. Bergerson self portrait


PhD, Carnegie Mellon University (2005)

MS, Carnegie Mellon University (2003)

MEng, University of Toronto (2001)

HBSc, University of Western Ontario (1996)


Developing energy resources in a sustainable and efficient manner presents some of the most pressing economic and environmental challenges in the world today. In Canada, investment and management decisions made about energy systems over the next decade will define and frame the quality of life for citizens—in this country and abroad—for many decades to come. 



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