Erik Porse, PhD

Visiting Assistant Researcher

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Erik is a systems analyst focusing on resource management in urban and natural systems. He uses modeling to inform water and energy infrastructure planning. He is the principal architect for the Artes model of urban water resources management in Los Angeles County. Erik has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. He holds appointments at UCLA and Sacramento State University, where he is currently a Research Engineer in the Office of Water Programs and the US EPA Region 9 Environmental Finance Center. From 2014 to 2017, he was a postdoctoral scholar and Associate Research Director at CCSC. Before returning to graduate school, he worked as an adjunct professor and leader for Earlham College’s study abroad program in Tanzania, a science policy analyst, a systems engineer for the United Nations, and an intelligence analyst for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. 

Erik Porse CV