• Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Donna Walker Faculty Fellow
Astrid Layton

Educational Background

  • Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology — 2014
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Studio Arts, University of Pittsburgh — 2009

Research Interests

    • Sustainable and Resilient System Design
    • Bio-Inspired Design
    • Systems and Systems of Systems
    • Circular Economy
    • Industrial Ecology
    • Ecological Network Analysis
    • Human Networks including e.g. industrial resource and manufacturing networks, complex energy systems, supply chains, and water distribution networks

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Peggy L. and Charles Brittan ’65 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • 2020 Best Paper Award CIE-SEIKM at the ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conference: A. Chatterjee, R. Malak, A. Layton. “Exploring a Bio-Inspired System of Systems Resilience vs. Affordability Tradespace.”
  • 2019 Finalist (top 8) for the Leo Best Paper Award at the 2019 CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference: C. Brehm, A. Layton. “Designing eco-industrial parks in a nested structure to mimic mutualistic ecological networks.”
  • 2017 2nd place, 2016 Graedel Best Paper by a junior author, Journal of Industrial Ecology: A. Layton, B. Bras, M. Weissburg. “Industrial Ecosystems and Food Webs: An expansion and update of existing data for eco-industrial parks and understanding the ecological food webs they wish to mimic.”

Selected Publications

  • A. Chatterjee, R. Malak, A. Layton (2021) "Exploring System of Systems Resilience Versus Affordability Trade-Space Using a Bio-Inspired Metric," Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 21(5): 1-13. doi: 10.1115/1.4050288
  • C. Brehm and A. Layton (2021) "Nestedness in eco-industrial networks: exploring linkage distribution to promote sustainable industrial growth," Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25: 205-218. doi: 10.1111/jiec.13057
  • T. Dave and A. Layton (2020) "Designing Ecologically-Inspired Robustness into a Water Distribution Network," Journal of Cleaner Production, 254(1): 120057. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120057
  • V. Panyam, H. Huang, K. Davis, A. Layton (2019) "Bio-Inspired Design for Resilient Power Networks," Applied Energy, 251: 113349. doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113349
  • A. Layton, B. Bras, M. Weissburg (2016) "Designing Industrial Networks Using Ecological Food Web Metrics," Environmental Science & Technology, 50(20): 11243-11252. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03066