Our Team

Leadership and Advisory Team

Peter Adriaens

Peter Adriaens, Professor

CEE/Ross/SEAS: Business and Financial Risk Models for Industry Value Chains

Carol Menassa

Carol Menassa, Professor

& John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar, CEE: Sustainable & Intelligent Infrastructure Systems

Yafeng Yin

Yafeng Yin, Professor

CEE; Mobility and Transportation Systems

SangHyun Lee

SangHyun Lee, Professor

John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar; CEE ; Dynamic Project Management

Glen Daigger

Glen Daigger, Professor

of Practice, CEE: Environmental and Water Resources Systems

Jerry Lynch

Jerry Lynch (ex officio)

Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Branko Kerkez

Branko Kerkez

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Internal Advisory Board

Ravi Anupindi

Ravi Anupindi, Director

Colonel William G. and Ann C. Svetlich Professor of Operations Research and Management

Professor of Technology & Operations

Faculty Director, Center for Value Chain Innovation

Michael Barr

Michael Barr, Director

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Ford School, the Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, and faculty director of the Center on Finance, Law, and Policy.

Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations and Finance

David Brophy

David Brophy, Director

Professor of Finance

Director, Office for the Study of Private Equity Finance


CEEFA Representative (ex officio), TBA

About the Director

Portrait of Peter Adriaens

Peter Adriaens, PhD PE BCEEM

Professor of Environmental Engineering & Finance, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Professor, School for Sustainability and the Environment

I started as an environmental engineer in 1992, focused on translating laboratory-based models and technologies into field demonstrations, practitioner workshops and engagements with a wide range of industries (e.g. GE, OxyChem, Dow Chemical, Holcim). My research and teaching interests shifted to business entrepreneurship in 2006, when new business and financing models were necessary to drive market uptake of new technologies in the CleanTech space. Engagement with the Global CleanTech Cluster Association (GCCA), the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), and financial services industry partners resulted in the development of scalable financing models for green infrastructure. Since 2014, this work is being translated in multi-asset renewal funds (MARF) powered by financial technologies to transform legacy economies and industries, including in the Great Lakes Region (e.g. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Blue Growth Fund).

Academic Experience

Research. My expertise bridges environmental technology and green finance, funded by $28M. in grants and industry support. Since 2005, my work has focused on data-driven financing and business models for infrastructure and sustainable growth strategies.  How can the capital markets and financial technology be harnessed to stimulate industrial renewal and green growth?

Teaching and Service. Engineering Economics and Finance, Business Model Design, Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals, CleanTech Venture Assessment, Environmental Finance, and Capital Markets Risk from Water. Strategic consultancies to the Asia Development Bank, the United Nations Department of Environmental and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers Council.

Awards and Recognitions.  Member-by-eminence, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES); Member, Flemish Royal Academy of Applied Sciences (KVAB); Finnish Distinguished Professor (2013-2016); Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship (Suzhou, China; 2006-2016).

Business Background

Acting CTO, Equarius Risk Analytics LLC, a financial technology firm focused on water risk in securities; Co-Founder and CEO, Corymbus Asset Management, a financial technology firm focused on algorithmic assessment of investment grade and multi-asset fund designs.


Postdoctoral scholar: Stanford University (1989-1992); PhD, University of California (1986-1989); MS, University of Gent (1984-1986); BSE, University of Gent (1981-1984)

Relevant Publications

Moya, R. R. Hampshire, S. Shen, S. Zielinski, and P. Adriaens. 2018. Data Commodity Swaps and Pooled Derivatives: Potential Impacts of Data Supply Chains on Monetization Models in the Smart Mobility Industry. Submitted for review. Int. J. Production Economics.

Adriaens, P. and A. Tahvanainen. 2016. Financial Technology for Industrial Renewal. ETLA Press. 279 pp. (available at https://www.etla.fi/en/publications/financial-technology-for-industrial-renewal/)

Kotiranta, A., A. Tahvanainen, M. Ritola, and P. Adriaens. 2016. Leveraging Physical Assets for Value Creation Through Cleanweb Firms: The Finnish Cleantech Space in Transition. Working Paper. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2611231. Submitted to California Management Review.

Larson, W.L., P.L. Freedman, V. Passinsky, E. Grubb and P Adriaens. 2012. Mitigating Corporate Water Risk: Financial Market Tools and Supply Management Strategies. Water Alternatives 5(3): 582-602.