Koichi Kanaoka

Koichi Kanaoka

Career Interests

Industrial Ecology; Life Cycle Assessment; Industrial Symbiosis; Circular Economy; Sustainable Business

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Focuses: Sustainable Business; Energy and Environment
GPA: 3.8/4.0 | Nicholas School Scholarship Recipient    
Relevant Coursework: Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, Sustainable Systems, Modeling for Energy Systems, Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Artsmagna cum laude, May 2016
Soka University of America (SUA)  Aliso Viejo, CA
Liberal Arts, Concentration in Environmental Studies
Thesis: Inhibition of methanogenesis by nitrate and denitrification intermediates in wetland sediments
Study Abroad: Spanish language immersion, University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Professional Experience

Client Consultant for REI, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Perform life cycle assessment modeling to quantify environmental impacts of client's product. Acquire experience in client communication through bi-weekly correspondence with memorandums and conference calls. January 2017 - Present
Summer Intern, Raul Inc.  Tokyo, Japan
Provided business ideas for clients by researching U.S. businesses and translating documents to Japanese. Supported the launch of a client’s product by drafting its terms of use. Ensured the functionality of clients’ websites on Raul’s domain, including Panasonic and Microsoft, by testing for bugs. Communicated the clients’ sustainability efforts by writing articles in Japanese for NHK and Yahoo! News. July – August 2014
Research Fellow, Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce, Durham, NC
Assess the environmental benefits of retread commercial truck tires over new truck tires. Review the literature on environmental impacts of tires and identify gaps in research. Undertake a review of the literature on mechanisms and environmental impacts of releases of microplastics from textiles. December 2016 – Present 
Research Assistant, Duke Household Energy and Health Initiative  Durham, NC
Design and execute a systematic review of the literature on impacts of clean energy adoption to locate knowledge gaps. Organize a 3-day conference at Duke University hosted by the initiative. Renovate and maintain the initiative’s website to communicate the team’s current research efforts. September 2016 – Present
Research Assistant, SUA Environmental Microbiology Laboratory  Aliso Viejo, CA
Conducted experiments and analyzed large datasets in wetland biogeochemistry and environmental microbiology. Presented findings at the Society of Wetland Scientists annual meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. Assisted with 4 senior theses in greenhouse gas, biomass and water quality sampling and analysis. Developed management skills by coordinating work schedules of lab assistants and handling the laboratory database. October 2012 – June 2016
Researcher, SUA Environment and Energy Club  Aliso Viejo, CA
Produced a cost-benefit analysis on the installation of dual flush converters in residential hall toilets. September 2015 – May 2016 

Additional Information

Technical Skills: Proficient in MS Excel, R, Tableau, openLCA, Lucidchart

Professional Affiliations: International Society for Industrial Ecology; American Center for Life Cycle Assessment


carbon accounting
cost-benefit analysis
energy efficiency
excel modeling

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Business / Industry
Research Institute / Think Tank