Dr. Jeremy Ferrell

Website: http://ecocomplex-biodiesel.blogspot.com/


  • Ph.D., Energy & Environmental Systems, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
  • M.A.,Appropriate Technology, Appalachian State University
  • B.S., Natural Resources, North Carolina State University

Teaching Specialties: 

  • Solar Thermal Energy
  • Biofuels & Biosystems
  • Appropriate Technology in the Developing World

Professional Affiliations or Organizations: 

  • International Society for Industrial Ecology
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel 

Research Interests: 

  • Industrial Ecology and Eco-Industrial Park Development
  • Biofuels and biomass energy systems
  • Sustainable Transportation Technology
  • Closed-loop system design
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Permaculture design
  • Appropriate Technology in lesser income countries
  • Transdisciplinarity


  • Ferrell, J., & Shahbazi, A. (2015). County Government Led EIP Development using Municipal Biomass Resources for Clean Energy Production, a case study of the Catawba County North Carolina EcoComplex. Progress in Industrial Ecology. Accepted January 2015.
  • Ferrell, J.C. (2014). A distributed model of oilseed biorefining, via integrated industrial ecology exchanges. ProQuest Dissertation. Published May 2014.
  • Ferrell, J. (2013). Overcoming Economic barriers to Distributed Biodiesel Manufacturing through value-added co -products, near-term technology, and system integration. National Biodiesel Board, Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel Conference Proceedings.
  • Raichle, B., Sinclair, R., Ferrell, J. (2012). Design and construction of a direct hydro powered coffee depulper. Energy for Sustainable Development. 
  • Ferrell, J., Hobbs, Z., Ramsdell, J. (2012). Integrating Co-Generation for Renewable Fuel Production at the Catawba County North Carolina EcoComplex. EPA LMOP conference proceedings.
  • Akyeampong, J., Ferrell, J. The EcoComplex: Economic Study of Biodiesel Production with Heterogeneous Catalysis. Proceedings of the 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference.
  • Ferrell, J., Cockerill, K. (2011). Closing Coffee Production Loops with Fair Trade Ethanol in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Energy for Sustainable Development.
  • Ferrell, J., Edwards, B. (2010). Biomass Energy Potential at the Catawba County North Carolina EcoComplex. NC A&T Green Energy Conference Proceedings.
  • Ferrell, J. (2009). Testing Modular Biodiesel Processing, Oilseed Feedstocks, and Combustion Emissions at the EcoComplex in Catawba County, North Carolina. Proceedings from 1st Biofuels Technology Shortcourse, Fulbright Commission-Brazil, Sao Paulo.

Courses Taught: 

  • Solar Thermal Energy, TEC 4628/5628
  • Contemporary Problems in Appropriate Technology, TEC 4638
  • Biofuels Technology, TEC 4700/5700
  • Ecological Design in Peru TEC 3532
  • Sustainable Technologies in Nicaragua TEC 3536
Title: Assistant Department Chair, Associate Professor
Department: Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8818

Office address
Katherine Harper Hall Rm 24