Dr. Sangwon Suh – Chief Scientist

Dr. Suh obtained his Ph.D. (cum laude) in Industrial Ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He brings to this project his 20 years of experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) along with carbon and water footprinting. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 books in the field of LCA and environmental science and management. According to the Google Scholar Citation®, his works have been cited over 10,000 times.

Dr. Suh developed the Comprehensive Environmental Data Archive (CEDA®) in 2000 and has overseen its evolution since then. Dr. Suh was appointed as a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WG III for its latest, 5th Assessment Report. Dr. Suh has been a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) since 2010.

He has been an associate editor of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment since 2003. Dr. Suh co-authored the intenrational standard on carbon footprint (GHG protocol) as a member of the working group organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Suh has provided technical advice and consultation to various organizations including Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), federal, state, and local governments. 


Summer S. Broeckx-Smith, LEED GA – Data Analyst

Summer supports sustainability impact assessment efforts at VitalMetrics using data analytics and life cycle assessment principles, such as IO-LCA, supply chain emissions quantification, and accounting of carbon and energy footprints. An accredited Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED v4) Green Associate, she has a working knowledge of green buildings; ASHRAE Standards 52.2, 55, 62.1, and 90.1; and ASHRAE Level I and Level II energy audits; as well as experience working on a LEED O+M Existing Buildings certification project.

Most recently, Summer revised the CEDA database for version 5.04 and participated in a spend analysis project for the State of California Department of General Services’ Procurement Division. Previously, Summer was an intern with VitalMetrics as a Greenhouse Gas Reporting Analyst, specializing in Scope 3 emissions reporting, and also interned with Green Seal on their Green Lodging Program for the City of Los Angeles.

Summer holds a Masters of Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she specialized in energy and climate with a focus in eco-entrepreneurship. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University.


Kathy Tejano Rhoads – Principal Consultant

Kathy has over eight years of consulting experience creating, launching, and managing innovative data management and sustainability solutions for domestic and international corporate clients. At VitalMetrics Group (Industrial Ecology Research Services LLC), she specializes in data collection, environmental footprinting, carbon accounting, life cycle assessment, supply chain analytics, reporting, and sustainability strategy development.

She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she specialized in energy and climate change, corporate environmental management, and eco-entreprenurship. As part of her thesis project, she managed a team which developed and applied a water risk analysis framework to identify insulin suppliers in water-stressed regions for Eli Lilly and Kaiser Permanente. Kathy also holds a B.S. in Systems and Information Engineering and minor in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Prior to joining VitalMetrics, Kathy worked on corporate sustainability reporting and communications, served as a Climate Corp Fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund, worked at a solar energy start-up, and implemented database software solutions for Fortune 500 companies as part of IBM's Global Business Services division.


David Tait – Head of Software Development

David has an uncanny ability to turn the complex into the intuitive. He is a computer scientist with a background in human-computer-interaction and ergonomics, and holds degrees from the University of Bath (BSc. (Hons.) and University College London (MSc.). 

During the past 10 years David has worked on a wide range of projects, from designing and developing innovative algorithms embedded in consumer facing software interfaces for the retail sector, to designing global research platforms for international investment banks, as well as developing real-time visualizations for a leading British energy firm.

Over the past four years, David has been involved in the development of market-leading software tools enabling Spend Analysis to be performed rapidly, without ever compromising the validity and quality of the output.