Daniela Jones

Research Assistant Professor

Joint Appointment with Idaho National Laboratory
Graduate Faculty, Operations Research Program
Faculty Fellow, Center for Geospatial Analytics

Dr. Jones is a Research Assistant Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. She earned her PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with a concentration on energy systems from Texas A&M University, where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar and received a certificate in Business Management. She received her Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in operations research and a Minor in Mathematics from Mississippi State University. She interned at Idaho National Laboratory and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through her work on biofuels and renewable energy. Before this role, she was a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, where she performed quantitative and qualitative research on student interventions and supported programming of educational, career development workshops and community development events for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students in the biosciences.


Ph.D. 2017

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Texas A&M University

M.S. 2012

Industrial Engineering

Mississippi State University

B.S. 2009

Industrial Engineering

Mississippi State University

Research Description

Building on Dr. Jones's operations research experience applied to the agricultural-based energy sector and her desire to promote environmentally friendly energy sources, she continues to develop mathematical models and solution algorithms to solve large-scale problems that arise in the areas of transportation, logistics, and renewable energy systems. She focuses on simulation and optimization of the entire supply chain (including, harvesting, pre-processing, storing, and delivering) for biomass as a feedstock for cost effective production of fuels, products, and power.


Replacing liquid fossil fuels and hydrocarbon chemical feedstocks with liquid biofuels from large-scale nuclear biorefineries
Forsberg, C. W., Dale, B. E., Jones, D. S., Hossain, T., Morais, A. R. C., & Wendt, L. M. (2021), APPLIED ENERGY, 298, 117225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.117225
Assessment of Perennial Grass Inventories Predicted in the Billion-Ton Studies
Jones, D. S., Searcy, S. W., & Eaton, L. M. (2018), Transactions of the ASABE, 61(2), 331–340. https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.12505
GIS-based allocation of herbaceous biomass in biorefineries and depots
Gonzales, D. S., & Searcy, S. W. (2017), Biomass and Bioenergy, 97, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.12.009
An Excel-Based Decision Support System for Supply Chain Design and Management of Biofuels
Acharya, A. M., Gonzales, D. S., Eksioglu, S. D., & Arora, S. (2014), International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems, 5(4), 26–43. https://doi.org/10.4018/ijoris.2014100102
A decision support system (DSS) for biomass-to-biofuel supply chain
Acharya, A., Gonzales, D., & Eksioglu, S. (2013), Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Computing in Informatics and Mathematics. Presented at the 1st International Symposium on Computing in Informatics and Mathematics., Tirana-Durres, Albania.
Cost analysis for high-volume and long-haul transportation of densified biomass feedstock
Gonzales, D., Searcy, E. M., & Ekşioğlu, S. D. (2013), Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 49, 48–61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2013.01.005

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Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation(11/01/21 - 5/31/22)
A uniform-format herbaceous biomass feedstock: value-added Miscanthus from marginal lands to improve rural economies in NC
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(1/01/21 - 12/31/22)
Cultivating A Resilient Workforce By Integrating A Culturally Competent Community Of Scholarship & Data Science in Food & Agricultural Research
US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)(1/15/21 - 1/14/26)
Improving Crop Productivity and Value Through Heterogeneous Data Integration, Analytics, and Decision Support Platforms
Game-Changing Research Incentive Program for Plant Sciences (GRIP4PSI)(2/17/20 - 6/30/22)
Release No. 5 Under Blanket Master Agreement No. 161615 Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA)
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(3/28/19 - 9/30/21)