Dr. Nordica MacCarty is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University where she is on the leadership teams of the Humanitarian Engineering and Engineering Design for Society programs. Her research is focused on an interdisciplinary approach to the user-centered design and evaluation of clean energy technologies. Many of her graduate students earn dual degrees in mechanical engineering and applied anthropology. She serves as Associate Editor for the journal Energy for Sustainable Development, is faculty co-advisor for OSU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter, and is Executive Director for the non-profit Aprovecho Research Center.
Dr. MacCarty was recently recognized with the 2020 OSU International Service Award and the Elevating Impact Award for social entrepreneurship from the Lemelson Foundation. Her work is funded by the US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, VentureWell program, and other private foundations and donors. Prior to joining the OSU faculty in 2015, she spent nearly 10 years as an international consultant building capacity at projects and universities in developing countries for the design and testing of renewable household energy systems, and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.
She has been at Oregon State since 2015.
Dr. MacCarty’s research interests lie in understanding the relationships between energy, society and the environment through multidisciplinary systems modeling, sensor-based impact monitoring, thermal fluid sciences, and engineering design applied to global humanitarian and household energy needs.
Ventrella, S. Zhang, N. MacCarty. Integrating rapid ethnographic techniques in design for development: a case study for design of a cookstove monitoring system. In press for Design Studies.
MacCarty, S. Bentson, K. Cushman, J. Au, C. Li, D. Still. Stratification of particulate matter in a kitchen: A comparison of empirical to predicted concentrations and implications for cookstove emissions targets. In press for Energy for Sustainable Development.
Ventrella and N. MacCarty. Monitoring impacts of clean cookstoves and fuels with the Fuel, Usage, and Emissions Logger (FUEL): field testing and reporting capabilities. Energy for Sustainable Development 52:82-95. 2019.
Moses, N. MacCarty. What Makes a Cookstove Usable? Trials of a Usability Testing Protocol in Uganda, Guatemala, and the United States. Energy Research and Social Science 52:221-235. 2019.
Burleson, B. Tilt, K. Sharp, N. MacCarty Reinventing boiling: A rapid ethnographic and engineering evaluation of a high-efficiency thermal water treatment technology in Uganda. Energy Research and Social Science. 52:68-77. 2019.
Moses N., M. Pakravan, N. MacCarty. Development of a practical evaluation for cookstove usability. Energy for Sustainable Development. 48:154-163. 2019.
Stevenson P., C. Mattson, KM Bryden, N. MacCarty. Toward a Universal Impact Metric for Engineered Products in Developing Countries. Journal of Mechanical Design. 140(4) :041404-041404-10. 2018.
Suram S., N. MacCarty, and K.M. Bryden, “Engineering design analysis utilizing a cloud platform” Advances in Engineering Software 115:374-385. 2018.
Still D., S. Bentson, N. Murray, N. MacCarty. Laboratory experiments regarding the use of filtration and retained heat to reduce particulate matter emissions from biomass cooking. Energy for Sustainable Development.42:129-135, 2018.
MacCarty N. and K.M. Bryden, “Costs and impacts of potential energy strategies for rural households in developing communities” Energy 138:1157-1174, 2017.
MacCarty N. and K.M. Bryden, “An integrated systems model for energy services in rural developing communities” Energy 113:536-557, 2016.
MacCarty N. and K.M. Bryden, “A generalized heat transfer model for shielded-fire household cookstoves” Energy for Sustainable Development, 33:96-107, 2016.
MacCarty N. and K.M. Bryden, “A unified set of experimental data for cylindrical, natural draft, shielded single pot wood-fired cookstoves” Energy for Sustainable Development, 26:62-71, 2015.
MacCarty N. and K.M. Bryden, “Modeling of Household Biomass Cookstoves: A Review,” Energy for Sustainable Development, 26:1-13, 2015.
MacCarty N., D. Still, and D. Ogle, “Fuel Use and Emissions Performance of Fifty Cooking Stoves in the Laboratory and Related Benchmarks of Performance,” Energy for Sustainable Development, 14(3):161-171, 2010.
Roden C.A., T.C. Bond, S. Conway, A.B.O. Pinel, N. MacCarty, and D. Still, “Laboratory and Field Investigations of Particulate and Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Traditional and Improved Cookstoves,” Atmospheric Environment 43:1170-1181, 2009.
MacCarty N., D. Ogle, and D. Still, “A laboratory comparison of the global warming impact of five major types of biomass cooking stoves,” Energy for Sustainable Development, 12(2):56-65, 2008.