Dr. Destenie Nock

Dr. Destenie Nock is an Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering as well as Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. In her role as the director of the Energy, Equity and Sustainability (EES) Group she leads a team of researchers at the intersection of social justice, energy analysis, and systems modeling.


The energy justice side of her team is developing novel metrics for identifying those experiencing energy poverty and insecurity, as well as develop optimization models for designing a more equitable power systems. The systems modeling side of her group is developing electricity and transportation optimization and simulation models which investigate how decarbonization and sustainable energy transitions impact vulnerable and marginalized communities.  


Beyond her applied research program, Dr. Nock consults with industry and government agencies in the areas of energy justice, energy analysis, decarbonization, systems modeling, decision analysis, and the development and review of technical proposals. Dr. Nock is a recipient of multiple National Science Foundation awards, a Google Innovation Grant, and a Scott Institute for Energy Innovation Fellow.  Dr. Nock is available to speak at technical and civic functions. 

She is also the creator of the blog called Black Electricity which offers college and graduate school advice, research updates, and motivational posts. It can be found under the "Black Electricity Blog" section of this website. 

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Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Decarbonization and Equity
Keynote Speaker
August 2021
Trip to CMU Africa Campus


INFORMS Annual Meeting
November 2021