Parthsarathi (Parth) Trivedi

EducationParth Trivedi

  • B.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering with Highest Distinction Purdue University, 2012
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014

Fields: Tradeoffs of Alternative Feedstock Usage; Viability and Sustainability of Alternative Fuels; Future Bioenergy Potential Forecasting

Former Lab Role: Research Assistant


I was born and raised in the colorful city of Calcutta, India, and I attained a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University in the US. My passion for aviation and my concern for nature and the environment brought me to the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, here at MIT. My research is aimed at assessing the environmental and economic tradeoffs of alternative aviation and non-aviation uses of feedstock, both renewable and non-renewable. As part of the alternative fuels research group, I investigated the sustainability of alternative jet fuels in terms of resource requirements (land, water) and energy return on investment. I developed an optimal crop growth portfolio model, alongside a constrained optimization model to estimate future bioenergy and alternative jet fuel production potential.

Parth left LAE in June 2014.



“Water consumption footprint and land requirements of large-scale alternative diesel and jet fuel production,“ Staples, M., Olcay, H., Malina, R., Trivedi, P., Pearlson, M., Strzepek, K., Paltsev, S., Wollersheim, C., Barrett, S., Environmental Science and Technology 47 (21), pp. 12557-12565, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/es4030782

“Economic and environmental assessment of liquefied natural gas as a supplemental aircraft fuel,” Withers, M., Malina, R., Gilmore, C., Gibbs, J., Trigg, C., Wolfe, P., Trivedi, P., Barrett, S., Progress in Aerospace Sciences 66, pp.17-36, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.paerosci.2013.12.002