Jason Quinn



Office: Powerhouse 259
Phone: 970-491-4770


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
M.S. Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Research Interests

  • Techno-Economic Viability of Emerging Technologies
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Technologies
  • Fundamental Sustainability Methodology
  • Microalgae Biofuel Systems
  • Energy System Evaluation and Optimization

Casey Quinn

Research Scientist


Ph.D. 2018, Colorado State University  Environmental Health – Industrial Hygiene
Dissertation: Low-cost devices for occupational and environmental exposure assessment
M.S. 2011, Colorado State University  Mechanical Engineering
Thesis: Evaluation of distributed energy storage for ancillary service provision
B.S. 2005, Kansas State University  Mechanical Engineering      

Research Interests

  • Techno-Economic Analysis
  • Exposure Science
  • Environmental Health
  • Low-Cost Sensor Development
  • Citizen Science Data Collection

Javier Antonanzas

Postdoctoral Researcher


B.S. Industrial Engineering
M.S. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Javier Antonanzas is a postdoctoral researcher focused on sustainability studies of energy production systems. His Ph.D. work was focused on optimization models for design and operation of photovoltaic power plants. Outside work, he spends his free time climbing.


Graduate Students

Anthony Asuega


B.S. Applied Physics, California State University, Sacramento 

Anthony Asuega is an M.S. student researching the economic viability of small modular nuclear reactors. After completing his undergraduate degree, he joined the Peace Corps and taught high school math and science in West Africa. Besides science and engineering, Anthony enjoys philosophy, video games, and backpacking. 


Phone: 415-466-3725

Austin Banks


B.S. Chemical & Biological Engineering, Colorado State University

Austin Banks began doing research for Dr. Quinn during his undergraduate career and is now pursuing a M.S. under Dr. Quinn’s direction. He currently is studying the impacts of harmful algal blooms and developing models on emerging technologies that will reduce their impacts on the environment and local economies. Austin loves skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking.

Audrey Beattie


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Portland

Audrey is a master’s student studying the economic and environmental impacts of microalgae biofuels. Her wider interests include all things renewable energy, environmental engineering, and climate science. In her free time, she likes to be outside hiking, skiing or playing soccer.

Peter Chen


B.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Peter Chen is a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student working under Dr. Jason Quinn in the Powerhouse Campus. His focus is on economic and sustainability assessments of algae biofuels. Peter’s experience with algae has extended to positions at three national laboratories: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he currently works remotely.


Phone: 303-505-6670

Garrett Cole


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Garrett Cole is a M.S. student researching the potential for resource and energy recovery from wastewater. Specifically, he is interested in the sustainability, and optimization of energy systems. When he is not in the office, he can be found cycling or hiking through the mountains. 

Katie DeRose


B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Katie DeRose is a PhD student studying the sustainability of novel technologies in bioprocessing and environmental services. Before attending CSU, Katie worked as a process engineer in the Oil/Gas and Petrochemical industries. When she’s not studying, Katie loves to travel and spend time with her two dogs. 


Noah Horesh


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Noah Horesh is a Ph.D. student studying the economics of emerging technologies in transportation and energy storage. In his free time, Noah likes to play sports and snowboard. 

Jack Smith


B.S. Engineering Science, minor in mathematics, Colorado State University

Jack Smith is a first-year master’s student working with Dr. Quinn to model and evaluate potential biofuel production pathways.  He is interested in learning about advanced biofuels and the criteria concerning their economical viability, as well as how modeling might be applied to simulate technology adoption.  Outside of work, Jack enjoy movies, travel, and soccer.

Evan Sproul


M.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Evan Sproul is a Ph.D. candidate studying the intersection of engineering, economics, and the environment. His applied research interests include renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and bio-based products. Prior to attending CSU, Evan researched concentrating solar power at Sandia National Labs and worked as a mechanical engineer at Intel. 


Hailey Summers


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University 
Hailey Summers is a long time Quinn group member, having received her Master’s from Utah State University under the direction of Dr. Quinn and she is now working toward her Ph.D. at Colorado State University. She focuses on sustainability assessments of agriculture, rural wealth and bioprocessing. When she is not working, she prefers to be in the mountains.

David Quiroz


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Arkansas Tech University

David Quiroz is a second-year graduate student completing his MS in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently researching the sustainability of microalgae biofuels and bioproducts. He is interested in systems modeling and optimization, as well as TEA and LCA. David enjoys going to concerts, playing guitar, hiking, and soccer. 

Undergraduate Students

Paula Mendoza

Paula Mendoza is a chemical and biological engineering student from Venezuela. As a research intern in Dr. Quinn’s group, she focuses on the economic and environmental sustainability of guayule bio-economy in arid regions. Paula’s interests after graduation include renewable energy and sustainable development. Her favorite thing about CSU is the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) chapter and the Powerhouse.

Jenna Stubbers

Jenna Stubbers is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student researching sustainable transportation and working toward developing an app which will help people understand their transportation carbon footprint and change their habits. She also helps put on the yearly KidWind competition. She wants to continue pursuing sustainability research and is interested in eventually researching or working in the field of solar energy. In her free time, she enjoys long distance running as well as skiing in the mountains.