Energy, Equity, and Sustainability Research Team

Our mission is to design a sustainable world while increasing social equality, equity and justice.

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The Energy, Equity, and Sustainability Group at Carnegie Mellon University

 

From Left to Right: Dr. Luling, Mateo, Teagan, Minji, Akua, Andrew, Arnav, Charles, Dr. Destenie (Team Lead), Dr. Arthur, Christine, Erin, Lauren, Shuchen, Lily 

Shout out to Shuchen Cong the Photographer, Not Pictured: Dr. Mahtot, Skylar

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Mahtot Gebresselassie - Fall 2021 - Present - Inequality in transportation network companies under disaster scenarios

  • Dr. Luling Haung - Spring 2020 - Present- Inequality aversion in electricity decision makers 

  • Dr. Arthur Kui - Fall 2020 - Present- COVID-19's impact on residential electricity consumption

PhD Research Assistants

  • Akua McLeod - (Fall 2021 - Present) -  Engineering and Public Policy PhD student investigating energy insecurity and energy limiting behavior in the US

  • Christine Cao - (Fall 2021 - Present) -  Engineering and Public Policy PhD student working preference elicitation of energy decision makers. 

  • Arnav Gautam - (Fall 2021 - Present) -  Engineering and Public Policy PhD student working on energy grid resilience and equality under disasters.

  • Carlos Mateo Samudio Lezcano - (Fall 2021 - Present) Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student investigating how food delivery impacts traffic congestion and CO2 emissions in a metropolitan area

  • Teagan Goforth (Fall 2020 - Present) - Engineering and Public Policy PhD student working on an optimization model for equitable and sustainable energy transitions.

  • Lily Hanig (Fall 2020 - Present) - Engineering and Public Policy graduate student working on PhD working on transportation system modeling. 

  • Shuchen Cong (Spring 2020 – Present) - Engineering and Public Policy PhD student investigating energy limiting behavior in the US, and the impacts of COVID on residential electricity consumption​

  • Andrew Jones (Spring 2020 – Present) – Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student working on energy equity and climate change mitigation.

  • Charles Van-Hein Sackey (Fall 2019 – Present) – Engineering and Public Policy PhD student working on energy expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa, and eliciting equality preferences of decision makers for infrastructure investments

 

MS and Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Lauren Janicke - Summer 2020 - Present - CO2 and air pollution emissions of global power systems

  • Erin Percevault - Fall 2021 - Present - How might future decarbonization scenarios lead to different power system configurations?

  • Minji Kwon - Summer 2021 - Present - how does household infrastructure impact the energy people use within their home?

  • Skylar McAuliff  - Fall 2021 - Present - Environmental and social impacts of electricity decarbonization

Previous MS and Undergrad Research Assistants

  • Katrina Darms and Katie Hart - Summer 2021 - Environmental and social impacts of electricity decarbonization

  • Charlotte Ng - Summer 2021 - Covid's impact on energy limiting behavior in the residential sector

  • Anthony Reid (Spring 2020 – Spring 2021) – Civil and Environmental Engineering MS student working on food delivery traffic and CO2 emission impacts.

  • Ali Iftikhar - Summer 2020 Regression Analysis and residential energy impacts resulting from COVID

  • Clare Callahan - Summer 2020 - COVID household energy impacts

  • Yuchen Lu - Summer 2020 - Sustainable energy transitions in the developing world. 

  • Shuwei He - Food systems optimization modeling

  • Ruisa Hinds - Transportation of essential workers during COVID

  • Emma Reed - Summer 2020 GHG Emissions in the developing world​​

  • Brian Lee - Summer 2020 - Online food delivery systems

  • Michalina Lacheta - Summer 2020 - Food demand in urban environments

  • Quinton Thomas (Spring 2020) – Chemical Engineering student at Carnegie Mellon. Investigated utility scale battery options for building a large-scale battery train.

  • Olivia Pfeiffer (Spring 2017 – Spring 2019) - Mentored as a research assistant and for an independent study, and subsequently an honors thesis.

  • Ami Khalsa (Fall 2017 – Spring 2019)– As a part of her honors thesis graduate student advisor I was responsible for teaching her python programming, reading and editing her document, and currently we are in the process of publishing the work research she performed over the summer during an REU placement in my lab. 

  • Ivan Norman (Fall 2017 - Spring 2019) – under my advising he learned python programing, and how to write a scientific article. He later received a Summer REU at UMass under a different graduate student advisor

  • Tristan Koopman (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018) – Mentored competition of his honors thesis. I was responsible for assisting him in drafting the thesis, assisting in developing a python code which integrated pumped hydro storage into an energy model. 

  • Richard Anonyai (Summer 2018) – Mentored summer REU student where he performed a sensitivity analysis

  • Jacob Davis (Spring 2017)– Mentored as a volunteer in my lab when he performed data collection

  • Ambar Garcia (Summer 2016) – Developed model for estimating electricity demand for UMass REU