Kelsea Schumacher has a Ph.D. in energy and environmental policy from the University of Delaware, and a B.S. and M.S. in environmental and civil engineering, respectively, from Oregon State University. She joined NIST as a contractor in 2020 to help develop the Circular Economy program and identify NIST’s role in facilitating the transition to a circular economy in the United States. Kelsea’s research is generally focused on sustainable production and consumption and has spanned various materials and products including concrete, electronics, batteries, solar panels, plastics, textiles and organics (food waste). In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping and hiking with her family.