I am a Professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. I also serve as co-Director for the Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) Center. I am interested in solving problems that include environmental, technical, economic, and policy aspects, where traditional engineering approaches play an important role but cannot provide a complete answer. In particular, I am interested in assessing how energy systems are likely to evolve, which requires comprehensive knowledge not only of the technologies that can address future energy needs but also of the decision-making process followed by different agents in the economy.
Recent Policy and Committee Activity
National Research Council Committee on Assessment of Technologies for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Phase 2, 2013-2016
This committee’s first report analyzes and provides options for improvements to the certification and compliance procedures for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles; reviews an updated analysis of the makeup and characterization of the medium- and heavy-duty truck fleet; examines the barriers to and the potential applications of natural gas in class 2b through class 8 vehicles; and addresses uncertainties and performs sensitivity analyses for the fuel consumption and cost/benefit estimates. Read the first report here.