Stewart Isaacs

Research Assistant


I am PhD candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining LAE, I earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. After earning my Master’s degree at MIT, I spent a year working as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. I am interested in applying renewable energy to improve the sustainability of transportation and to support justice for disadvantaged communities. Outside of academics, I am passionate about the sport of competitive jump rope.



For my Master’s thesis, I evaluated the economic and environmental characteristics of electrofuel production pathways. Electrofuels are a class of low-carbon emitting liquid fuels produced from electricity and carbon as the primary process inputs. These fuels have the potential to store intermittent renewable power and reduce transportation’s climate impacts.

I am now working on a NASA funded project to investigate the impact of dust and other aerosols on solar energy generation in West Africa.



  • Electrofuels
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Lifecycle and Technoeconomic Assessment