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James Winebrake

Dean College of Liberal Arts
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James Winebrake

Dean College of Liberal Arts
Dean’s Office
College of Liberal Arts


BS, Lafayette College; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


James Winebrake currently serves as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. He works with the administration, as well as the college’s faculty, staff, and students to advance education and scholarship in the areas of social sciences, humanities, and performing arts, while also promoting interdisciplinary initiatives across RIT’s nine colleges.

Winebrake previously served as chair of RIT’s Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy and has earned international recognition for his research on issues related to the environmental impacts of transportation, including health risk assessments of ocean-going vessels, total fuel-cycle analysis of alternative fuels, and cost-effectiveness of emissions reduction technologies and policies for trains, trucks, and ships. He serves or has served on several National Academies of Science research committees, the New York State Energy Planning Board, and other professional boards related to energy and environmental policy and planning.

Dr. Winebrake received his Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a B.S. in Physics from Lafayette College and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2010, Dr. Winebrake was awarded the RIT Trustees Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the energy and environmental fields. He has also received numerous other research and teaching awards during his career, including the Madison Scholar Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award while serving as a faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia.

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Areas of Expertise
Alternative fuels
Goods movement
Transportation technologies
Energy and environmental policy analysis

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Journal Paper
Sofiev, Mikhail, et al. "Cleaner Fuels for Ships Provide Public Health Benefits with Climate Tradeoffs." Nature Communications 9. (2018): 1-12. Web.
Winebrake, James J and Erin H Green. "Environmental Policy, Decision Making, and Rebound Effects in The U.S. Trucking Sector." Research in Transportation Business and Management 23. (2017): 54-63. Print.
Holguín-Veras, José, et al. "Direct Impacts of Off-Hour Deliveries on Urban Freight Emissions." Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. (2016): 1-20. Print.
Winebrake, James J., et al. "Fuel Price Elasticities in the U.S. Combination Trucking Sector." Transportation Research Part D: 38. (2015): 166-177. Print.
Winebrake, James J., et al. "Fuel Price Elasticities for Single-unit Truck Operations in the United States." Transportation Research Part D: 38. (2015): 178-187. Print.
Thomson, Heather, James J. Corbett, and James J. Winebrake. "Natural Gas as A Marine Fuel." Energy Policy 87. (2015): 153-167. Print.
Winebrake, James J. "The Integrative Liberal Arts and Engineering . The Grand Challenge of Curricular Implementation." Engineering Studies 7. 2-3 (2015): 193-195. Print.
Korfmacher, Karl, Scott Hawker, and James J. Winebrake. "Analysis of Environmental and Infrastructure Impacts of Transportation Activities Associated with High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in Marcellus Shale Formation." Transportation Research Record 2503. (2015): 70-80. Print.
Green, E. H., S. J. Skerlos, and J. J. Winebreak. "Increasing Electric Vehicle Policy Efficiency and Effectiveness by Reducing Mainstream Market Bias." Energy Policy 65. (2014): 562-566. Print.
Winebrake, Jamie, et al. "Estimating the Direct Rebound Effect for On-road Freight Transportation." Energy Policy 48. (2012): 252-259. Print.
Winebrake, James, et al. "Greater Focus Needed on Methane Leakage from Natural Gas Infrastructure." Proceedings from the National Academy of Sciences. (2012): Online. Web.
Grimes-Casey, Hilary, et al. "Economic and Behavioral Uncertainty Analysis within a Predictive Life Cycle Inventory: An Engine Selection Case Study Estimating Rebound Effects." Journal of Industrial Ecology 15. 5 (2011): 726-742. Print.
Meyer, Patrick E., et al. "Total Fuel-Cycle Analysis of Heavy-Duty Vehicles Using Biofuels and Natural-Gas Based Alternative Fuels." Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association 61. (2011): 285-294. Print.
Book Chapter
Corbett, James J. and James J. Winebrake. "Environmental Issues in International Trade and Transportation." Handbook of International Trade and Transportation. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018. 275-296. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Winebrake, James J., James J. Corbett, and Heather Thomson. "Natural Gas v. Conventional Fuel for Waterborne Freight Transport: A Life Cycle Emissions Assessment with Case Studies." Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Transportation Research Board. Washington, DC. 12-16 Jan. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Winebrake, James J. and James J. Corbett. "Global Trends in Maritime Transport." Canadian Marine Pilots, Association Congress. Canadian Marine Pilots, Association. Ontario, Canada. 11 Sep. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
Whitefoot, K., et al. "Product and Policy Life Cycle Inventories with Integrated Design and Demand." Proceedings of the 18th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering. Ed. Jurgen Hesselbach and Christoph Herrmann. Braunschweig, Germany: Springer, 2011. Print.
Published Article
Corbett, James J., James J. Winebrake, and Erin H. Green. “An Assessment of Technologies for Reducing Short-lived Climate Forcers Emitted by Ships with Implications for ArcticShipping.” Carbon Management, 1.2 (2010): 207-225. Print. *
Corbett, James J., Daniel A. Lack, James J. Winebrake, Susan Harder, Jordan A. Silberman, and Maya Gold. “Arctic Shipping Emissions Inventories and Future Scenarios.”Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,10.19 (2010): 9689-9704. Web.*
Comer, Bryan, James J. Corbett, J. Scott Hawker, Karl Korfmacher, Earl E. Lee, Chris Prokop, and James J. Winebrake. “Marine Vessels as Substitutes for Heavy-Duty Trucks in Great Lakes Freight Transportation.” Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 60.7 (2010): 884-890. Print. † ≠ *
Corbett, James J., and James J. Winebrake. “The Role of International Policy in Mitigating Global Shipping Emissions.” The Brown Journal ofWorld Affairs, 16.2 (2010): 143-154. Web. *
Corbett, James J., James J. Winebrake, and Haifeng Wang. “International Shipping and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: From Assessment to Mitigation.” TR News, 268 (May-June 2010): 40-44. Print. *
Skerlos, Steve, and James J. Winebrake. “Targeting Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Policies to Increase Social Benefits.” Energy Policy, 38.2 (2010): 705-708. Print. ≠ *
Editor (book or journal)
Winebrake, James J., and James J. Corbett. “Improving the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance of Goods Movement.” Climate and Transportation Solutions: Findings from the 2009 Asilomar Conference on Transportation and Energy Policy. CA: Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis, 2010. Web.
Corbett, James J., and James J. Winebrake. “Freight Transportation and the Environment.”Intermodal Transportation: Moving Freight in a Global Economy. Washington, DC: Eno Transportation Foundation, 2010. n.p. Print.
Corbett, James J., James J. Winebrake, Oyvind Endresen, Magnus Eide, Stig Dalsoren, Ivar S. Isaksen, and Eirik Sorgard. “International Maritime Shipping: The Impact of Globalisation on Activity Levels.” Globalisation, Transport, and Environment. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2010. 55-80. Print.
Van Dender, Kurt, Philippe Crist, James J. Corbett, andJames J. Winebrake. “Policy Instruments to Limit Negative Environmental Impacts: An Economic Perspective.” Globalisation, Transport, and Environment. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2010. 225-248. Print.
Endresen, Oyvind, Magnus Eide, Stig Dalsoren, Ivar S. Isaksen, Eirik Sorgard, James J. Corbett,and James J. Winebrake. “International Maritime Shipping: Environmental Impacts of Increased Activity Levels.” Globalisation,Transport, and Environment. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2010. 161-184. Print.