Ashly McFarlane is a research manager in the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. She supports various National Science Foundation (NSF)- and United Nations-funded research programs with a focus on sustainable urban infrastructure, including the NSF Sustainable Research Network (SRN) and the Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program. The SRN is a $12 million initiative involving nine universities and led by Dr. Anu Ramaswami. In her role as research manager for the SRN, Ashly coordinates network research activities on the science of measuring environmental sustainability, health, well-being and livability. In addition, she is the research coordinator for the energy and water-wastewater testbeds, which focus on integrated social-infrastructural solutions. Ashly also conducts research on energy distribution and the impact of urban form on climate, energy use, and health. Ashly manages the network budget, federal grant reporting, and data collection for both the SRN and S&CC.
Prior to joining the University of Minnesota Ashly worked for an energy management consulting firm supporting various private and federal clients. Ashly has an MS in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a project management professional certification.