Alexandra Heeney

Stanford University
Management Science and Engineering, Sustainable Development
2011 Fulbright S&T Fellow

2011 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow Alexandra Heeney is pursuing doctoral studies in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Her research will focus on applying operations research and management science and engineering tools to assist engineering designers and corporate decision-makers to incorporate environmental sustainability considerations into the design and decision-making processes for creating products or services to further sustainable development.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Alex received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto, majoring in Manufacturing Systems, where she received the prestigious University of Toronto National Scholarship. Her undergraduate thesis focused on enhancing an existing agent-based model of the spread of a pandemic disease in an urban centre to model the effect of accessing medical care during an outbreak.

Alex also worked with the Division of Engineering Science as a developer of course content, teaching assistant, and assessor, to integrate sustainable development concepts into the first year undergraduate curriculum and has presented her work at international conferences in Europe. Alex is a member of the Structural Cooperation of Universities on Education for Sustainable Development, an international working group of experts in education for sustainable development, created to assist other universities in developing sustainable development education programs.

In her spare time, Alex writes film and jazz reviews. In recognition of her contributions to the university community, Alex was awarded the Gordon Cressy Award for outstanding student leadership by the University of Toronto and the Engineers for the World Award by the Division of Engineering Science.