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Michael grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Sweetest Place on Earth. His ASSET Lab researches how to equitably reduce global and local environmental impacts of energy systems while making those systems robust to future climate change. His research advances energy system models to address new challenges driven by decarbonization, climate adaptation, and equity objectives. He then applies these models to real-world systems to generate decision-relevant insights that account for engineering, economic, climatic, and policy features. His current interdisciplinary collaborations include climate scientists, hydrologists, economists, urban planners, epidemiologists, and diverse engineers. Michael has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Office and Nuclear Energy University Program; U.S. National Science Foundation; Idaho National Laboratory; and University of Michigan’s Graham Institute for Sustainability. He is a Program Faculty at the Institute of Public Utilities; Faculty Affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Certificate Program at the University of Michigan; and Contributing Author to Chapter 10 of the IPCC’s 6th Annual Review. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Research Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He received his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University (’17), MS in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (‘14), and BA in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis (’10).
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Decarbonization of energy systems; power system optimization; markets, laws, and regulations governing energy systems; net-zero and negative emission systems; grid-scale energy storage; carbon capture and sequestration; climate change impacts on power systems
PhD, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University (2017)
MS, Technology and Policy Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014)
BA, Environmental Studies (Ecology), Washington University in St. Louis (2010)