Fresh Faces


Lee Cooper, Advisory Board Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Cooper is a Professor Emeritus at the Anderson School of Management, which he joined in 1969. His achievements include the development of a system of competitive analysis and marketing planning based on data obtained from retailer scanners, methods for analyzing consumer perceptions and competitive mapping, and an actionable segmentation scheme for online advertising and ecommerce. He started Strategic Data Corporation in 1999, which developed e-commerce and display-ad optimization for a number of major web portals. In 2007 the company was acquired by Fox Interactive Media. Since then he has advised internet companies, one of which was recently acquired by Google. His recent research involves developing approaches to strategic marketing planning for radically new products, datamining, digital convergence and technology-enabled marketing. Currently he is working with Conservation International to help UCLA students and faculty interested in designing sustainable businesses for threatened ecosystems.


Diana Huffaker, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Huffaker received her B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona, and her M.S. degree in material sciences and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Her current research projects focus on device development, crystal growth (MBE and MOCVD) and characterization of patterned and self-assembled quantum dots in compound III-(As, P, N, Sb), modeling of self-assembled processes along with electronic characterization of biomaterials. Some of her awards and honors include: National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF), DoD; Fellow, IEEE; Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship; LEOS Board of Governor; Compound Semiconductor Symposium Young Scientist Award. Dr. Huffaker has helped with education and committee work to build the Institute. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) on a NSF IGERT Clean Energy for Green Industry at UCLA that includes IoES and Anderson School Professor Magali Delmas as a Co-PI.


Felicia Federico, Director, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Dr. Federico received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her M.A. in Geography and D.Env in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA. Dr. Federico’s research focus is on managing impacts of urbanization on streams, specifically the effects of changes to the hydrologic regime that results from urbanization (these changes are referred to as “hydromodification”). She also has a strong interest in the process by which organizations implement sustainability initiatives. Her professional background includes environmental consulting, where she was responsible for managing multi-objective water resources projects involving storm water runoff, water quality, stream protection, water harvesting and low impact development. She comes to UCLA with 15 years’ experience developing and implementing corporate programs for environmental regulatory compliance.


Travis Longcore, Associate Adjunct Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Longcore earned an Honors B.A. in Geography from the University of Delaware and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA’s department of geography. His research interest is urban ecology and conservation, with emphasis on: urban conservation planning and management, edge effects of development, especially artificial night lighting, and monitoring and management of endangered species. His funded research ranges from applied conservation of endangered species through The Urban Wildlands Group, a nonprofit he co-founded, to development of geospatial web tools to assist in conservation planning. Recent projects have included a habitat model for western snowy plover, a meta-analysis to estimate mortality of migratory birds at lighted communications towers, and investigations into the historical ecology of the wetlands of southern California. Longcore lectured extensively at UCLA in Geography and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology prior to his appointment at the IoES, teaching over 3,000 students in 7 years. His current teaching responsibility is the Senior Practicum in Environmental Science. Dr. Longcore is a conservation leader outside of his role as a teacher and scientist. He is the current President of the Los Angeles Audubon Society and was co-recipient of the 2010 Audubon Conservation Award from Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon Society for his years of advocacy and successful conservation efforts through The Urban Wildlands Group.


Stephanie Pincetl, Adjunct Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Systems

Dr. Pincetl has a Ph.D. from UCLA’s former Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a Social Science Researcher at the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. She has published extensively on issues of environmental policies and regulation. The content of her research is land use and land use change, with a focus on urban environments and the transformation of their natural environments. The theoretical core of her research is environmental politics, policies and governance and the ways that rules and rulemaking impact the participants in decision-making and the content of decisions.  Dr. Pincetl teaches courses on land use and the environment, environmental policies and politics in the U.S. and sustainable cities. She also teaches in Europe, including the Institut d’Etudes Politiques International Masters of Public Administration in Paris, and has on-going research collaborations with European collaborators.


Deepak Rajagopal, Assistant Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Rajagopal has an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. After working at the United Technologies Corporation’s Research Center in Connecticut, Dr. Rajagopal earned a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley— he later became a post doctorate at Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute. His research integrates theories and methods from both economics and environmental engineering and applies them to problems concerning energy, environment and development. His specialty is a strong understanding of both the physical sciences and social sciences. His work makes contributions to two main topics: the design of regional policies to address a global externality such as global climate change including how the technique of lifecycle assessment can be adapted to design such policies and the economics of renewable fuels. Dr. Rajagopal looks forward to designing and teaching new interdisciplinary courses on topics like energy and development, energy economics and policy, quantitative techniques for solving environmental problems, and food and energy systems etc.


Sassan Saatchi, Adjunct Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability & Center for Tropical Research and Senior Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Saatchi received the Ph.D. from George Washington University with concentration in electrophysics and applied mathematics. The focus of his dissertation was the modeling of wave propagation in natural media. Dr. Saatchi has been involved in a number of international research studies in modeling global biogenic carbon distribution in tropical and boreal forests, hydrological processes in arid and semi-arid regions, spatial modeling of species distributions, design and scientific applications of several earth science spaceborne sensors. His present research activities include land cover classification, biomass and soil moisture estimation in boreal forests, land use and land cover change, forest structure and carbon stock in tropical forests, applications of remote sensing in biodiversity and conservation. His research interests also include wave propagation in disordered/random media and EM scattering theory. Dr. Saatchi has been involved in developing and teaching courses in the use of remote sensing for environmental problems.

Affiliate Faculty

Exceptional educators from public policy, political science, chemical and bimolecular engineering, geography, civil and environmental engineering, earth and space studies, astronomy and physics and atmospheric and oceanic sciences have been appointed IoES Affiliate Faculty. Members were selected based on level of achievement, previous interactions with the IoES and direct connection to the goal of promoting environmental and sustainability research, education and outreach. Affiliates are a new and officially designated class of IoES members and can develop and teach IoES courses, participate in IoES colloquia and informal sessions by attending or giving talks, lead or participate in research activities of the IoES, submit grants through the IoES when appropriate, list their IoES affiliation on publications, organize and/or participate in fund raising and outreach events benefiting the IoES, and represent the IoES in public forums. The initial group brings a great depth and breadth of experience and includes an IoES Southern California Environmental Report Card author, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a tropical biogeographer, climate change physical scientists, a former IoES post-doctoral scholar, engineers, policy specialists, an El Nino expert, department chairs and even a former UCLA Chancellor.

UCLA Water Resources Group

This new initiative for the first time brings together all the water resource expertise from across the UCLA campus and water resources researchers, managers and policy makers from beyond the university. The goal is to foster communication and collaboration between these diverse groups, develop new research synergies, quickly and effectively inform policy makers about the latest in science, technology and policy options, and communicate and work with the private sector and the public to develop sustainable water resources in southern California. UCLA and Southern California can serve as a model and source of water resource solutions nationally and internationally.