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Jennifer F. Helgeson

Jennifer F. Helgeson is an economist in the Applied Economics Office of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Ms. Helgeson began working as an intern in the Applied Economics Office (AEO) during Summer 2002 following her senior year in high school. She continued to work over school breaks in the AEO while earning her B.A. and M.S. degrees. In the past, Ms. Helgeson did work for the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, France. Ms. Helgeson took a full-time position in the AEO starting in Fall 2007.

Following the completion of her B.A. Degree in Economics at Brandeis University in 2005, Ms. Helgeson spent a year researching Environmental Economics issues on a Fulbright Grant to Norway. Ms. Helgeson earned her M.S. Degree in Environmental Change and Management with a focus on Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford, UK in 2007.  Currently, Ms. Helgeson is studying for her Ph.D. in Environmental Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE); she splits her time between LSE and NIST.

Ms. Helgeson is primarily interested in economic analyses and approaches to dealing with environmental issues.  She worked closely with Ms. Barbara Lippiatt to test a new Building for Economic and Environmental Sustainability (BEES) approach; it combines input-output analysis and process-based life-cycle assessment results through documented, realistic case studies.  Ms. Helgeson recently managed the project: "Benefits and Costs of Research: A Case Study of the NIST High Performance Concrete Program," which is documented in NIST Technical Note 1645.  Ms. Helgeson continues to work on projects concerning disaster resilience of the built environment and the cost-effectiveness of community- scale mitigation.

Jennifer F. Helgeson


Engineering Laboratory
Applied Economics Office


University of Oxford, UK, M.S., Environmental Change and Management, 2007

Brandeis University, B.A., Economics, 2005


Phone: 301-975-8517
Fax: 301-975-4032