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Chatham University

Sustainability (BSUS) Faculty and Staff

Iris Grossmann Ph.D.

Iris Grossmann

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Technology

Academic Areas of Interest

Renewable energy and solar electricity networks; sustainable and resilient cities; climate-energy-water-food nexus; climate adaptation; resilience to droughts and sustainable water use.

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Iris Grossmann is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Technology at Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability. She holds an adjunct Assistant Professor affiliation with the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Dr. Grossmann's research focuses on large-scale solar electricity networks, energy-water interdependencies and resilience to drought, urban sustainability, and regional climate change and adaptation. Dr. Grossmann holds a Ph.D. in Geoscience/Meteorology and an M.S. in Mathematics. She has worked on interdisciplinary problems in the areas of energy, climate and the environment since 2002. Previously she was a Research Scientist at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at CMU where she also taught and advised students. During 2015-2016 she served as Director of Education at CMU’s Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research where she focused on developing materials for climate and energy literacy. At the Falk School, Dr. Grossmann teaches on renewable energy and sustainable systems, urban sustainability, the food-energy-water nexus, and climate adaptation.


  • Ph.D., Geosciences/Meteorology, University of Hamburg and International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modeling, Hamburg, Germany, 2005
  • M.S., Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany, 2001
  • B.S., Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany, 1998