Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Weslynne Ashton is Associate Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business. Dr. Ashton’s research focuses on industrial ecology, optimizing water, energy and material resource flows in socio-ecological systems, and business solutions to social and environmental challenges in low income and developing regions. She also examines the adoption of socially and environmentally responsible strategies in small businesses. She utilizes and teaches life cycle assessment, network analysis and entrepreneurial business planning methodologies.
In 2012-2015, she led a US Department of State grant “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas” promoting cleaner production education in universities and implementation in small and medium enterprises across eight countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Ashton previously led Yale University’s Industrial Ecology in Developing Countries’ program and held visiting faculty appointments at TERI University in India and the National University of Singapore. Her non-academic professional experience includes consulting on cleaner production, sustainability planning and regional economic development; pollutant fate and risk modeling as an environmental scientist; and launching an IT start-up in Trinidad and Tobago. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Science from Yale University.