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Susanna Sutherland

Owner and Founder, Sutherland and Associates


Current Employment: Principal, Sutherland & Associates

Susanna completed her Bredesen Center program of studies and obtained her doctorate in Energy Science and Engineering in December 2017. Her dissertation research centered on the energy water nexus in urban water systems.

Her google scholar profile is here.


Dissertation Title: Feasibility, Resiliency, and Economic Impacts of Energy Storage in Urban Water Systems: A Case Study of Cleveland, TN

Mentor: Dr. Brennan Smith

Dissertation Description: This research reduces the knowledge gap around how the water-energy nexus can be applied at the urban level, clarifying how a city water distribution system might be used to offset community energy consumption. The created methodology accomplished 3 research objectives. First, model scenarios were developed to determine opportunities for energy storage in urban water systems. Then, how increased energy storage capacity impacts water system resiliency was examined. Finally, the financial implications of scenarios were calculated. 


PhD in Energy Science and Engineering - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master of Science in Biosystems Engineering Technology - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies - University of Tennessee, Knoxville