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Joshua Loughman

Joshua Loughman

Senor Sustainablity Fellow, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


  • Senor Sustainablity Fellow, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Joshua Loughman is a former systems engineer, designer, and technology scholar at Arizona State University. He directs the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program and lectures on modeling and simulation, design engineering, project management, sustainability, and technology and society. The EPICS program provides opportunities for students to engage with challenging community projects in areas such as sustainability, education, and health.

His scholarship includes understanding how complex decision making about uncertain futures can be done with greater care using models, simulation, scenario analysis, and foresight methods. He studies a wide range of domains from energy systems, environmental policy, economic development, education, ethics, and technology.

He has been a lecturer at Arizona State University since 2015 and prior to this he spent 10 years in the space industry as a systems engineer and project lead.


  • PhD, School of the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University, 2020
  • Graduate Certificate, Social Science and Policy Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2015
  • MEng, Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, 2013
  • BSE, Matter, Transport, and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, 2007

Journal Articles


Emmanuelli, M., G. Federico, J. I. Loughman, D. Prasad, T. Chow and M. Rathnasabapathy. 2014. Conceptualizing an economically, legally, and politically viable active debris removal option. Acta Astronautica 104(1):197-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.07.035. (link )