David Frank

David Frank

Livingston, NJ, US



Objective: To ensure, enduring, responsible and transparent sustainable decision-making.

The Dean’s Scholarship, University of Rochester                                                                            

​​Awarded the Dean’s Scholarship all four years at the University of Rochester for excellence in extracurricular involvement, leadership abilities, and community engagement.

LEED GA in training, certification expected: April 2014

LEED Core and Shell consultant for Khalida S.A.C. construction firm, Miraflores District, Lima, Peru. “El Rancho” is a commercial office space striving to achieve LEED Gold designation. This project is toward my LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD+C), certification expected: June 2014

Graduate Research Assistantship, Rochester Institute of Technology

“Waste Cooking Oil to Fuel at RIT”   -  Fall 2012 – Spring 2014

  • Scope of the project: Part of an Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities Grant ($250,000) to The Golisano Institute For Sustainability (GIS) to develop the methodology for a closed loop biodiesel production system using the food service waste cooking oil stocks.
  • Managed purchasing and scheduling, project managed and supervised biodiesel team activities, and synchronized Facilities and Maintenance Services, Dining Services, and academic outlets. Ensured organized, coordinated sequential participation for prompt processing and distribution of biodiesel to match internal campus demand.
  • The biodiesel is utilized in three particular ways, vehicular and space heating applications, with the glycerol by-product being purified and converted to liquid and solid soaps for campus usage. Ultimately, development of a robust waste-to-energy process within the system boundary of the institution is the first goal as well as life cycle assessment (LCA), economic valuation, and energy return on investment for the institute’s stakeholders.
  • The project has been officially transferred to the Rochester Institute of Technology (December 2013) for vehicle and space heating applications on campus.

Recover Rochester                                                                                                                            

  • Volunteer organization dedicated to recovering left over food that would otherwise be landfilled and transporting it to homeless shelters and food kitchens in the greater Monroe County, Rochester, New York region. Sustainability ventures such as this not only create positive utility for myself but also increase social sustainability and welfare within the local community.



Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, US, Masters, Sustainable Systems

Interdisciplinary sustainable systems education encompassing the economic, environmental and social facts involved in responsible, sustainable decision making.

Classes include: Fundamentals of Sustainability Science, Risk Analysis, Multicriteria Sustainable Decision Making, Life Cycle Assessment, Technology, Policy and Sustainability, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Mobility.

Graduate Research Assistantship: Waste Cooking Oil to Biodiesel for Vehicular and Space Heating Applications

Sep 2012 - current

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US, Bachelors, Environmental Studies

Completed clusters in Theoretical Economics and Media Studies

Sep 2008 - May 2012


Syracuse Center of Excellence Symposium on Environmental and Energy Systems, 1st Place

Awarded the first place prize ("Waste Cooking oil to Biodiesel Fuel") in the master's degree category with a focus on clean and renewable energy systems and sustainable communities.


Areas of Specialization