i am an associate
professor in the leone
family department of energy and mineral engineering at penn state university, chair of the energy business and finance
program and the co-director of the energy and environmental economics and
policy initiative at penn state. i teach undergraduate courses
and advise students in the energy
business and finance program. i
also teach public policy and economics courses to graduate
students in science, engineering and other technical fields across the
university. I have strong interests in helping professionals and students address policy-relevant problems related to
energy and environmental systems and technologies. you
can learn more about my interests and view some relevant publications on my research page. broadly, my
teaching and research falls in these areas:
- energy and electric
- network and graph
- regulatory economics and
- antitrust and
- market power in
- transportation systems and
- environmental risk and
- integrated design for
zero or low net-energy buildings and communities
- unconventional natural gas
My dissertation examined several
implications of the braess
paradox for network behavior and transmission investment, planning, and
pricing in electric power systems. i earned my ph.d. through the department of
engineering and public policy at carnegie mellon, and was associated with the carnegie mellon electricity industry center. my dissertation was supervised by lester
lave, marija ilic, jay
apt, and sarosh talukdar.
- ebf 100:
introduction to environmental and earth resources economics
- ebf 304:
- eme 525: theory
and practice of policy analysis for engineers
- em sc 420: energy and modern society
- eme 580:
- eme 590: energy
and mineral engineering colloquium
- ebf 483:
introduction to the electric power industry
- ennec 540:
complementarity modeling for energy markets
- ennec 597: advanced
topics in electricity markets and power system analysis
- summer short course
on energy markets, vermont law school [syllabus]
- complex systems summer school, santa
the transformation of energy markets, spring 2005, carnegie mellon.
- best paper award
nominations, hawaii international conference
on system sciences, 2011, 2016 and 2017.
- john t. ryan, jr. faculty
fellowship, college of earth and mineral sciences, 2011 - present.
- wilson research
initiation award, penn state college of earth
and mineral sciences, 2009.
- william w. cooper
doctoral dissertation award for "outstanding doctoral dissertation
in management or the management sciences," tepper
school of business, carnegie mellon university, may 2006.
- best poster award
at the technology, policy, and management graduate consortium, cambridge ma, june 2005. [poster pdf]
- herbert l. toor award for "outstanding research paper
submitted in the qualifying examinations of the department of
engineering and public policy," february
- deed technical
grant, american public power association, with
chantal brandon and dmitri perekhodtsev, december 2001.
- william larimer mellon
scholarship, graduate school of industrial administration, carnegie mellon
university, academic years 2001/2002 and 2002/2003.
- associate professor, leone family department of energy and mineral
engineering, penn state university, 2013 -
- program chair, energy
business and finance, penn state university,
- associate department
head, leone family department of energy and
mineral engineering, penn state university, 2016
- external faculty, santa fe institute, 2016 -
- assistant professor, leone family department of energy and mineral
engineering, penn state university, 2007 -
- adjunct research
professor, carnegie mellon
electricity industry center.
- researcher, centre for energy and mineral economics (creme), curtin university,
- associate editor, journal of energy engineering,
journal of regulatory economics
- postdoctoral research
fellow, tepper school of business, carnegie mellon
university, affiliated with the carnegie mellon electricity industry center, 2006 - 2007.
- ph.d. student, department of engineering and public policy,
university, supported by the carnegie mellon electricity industry center, august 2003 -
- economist, economic
insight, inc., portland
oregon, 1998 - 2001.
- editor and contributor,
the energy market report, portland oregon, 1998 - 2001.
- editor, pacific
west oil data, 1999 - 2001.
- economics intern, oregon department of fish and wildlife, portland oregon, 1997.
- ph.d. department of engineering and public policy, carnegie mellon
university, may 2006.
- m.s. economics, graduate school of industrial
administration, carnegie mellon
- b.a. mathematics/economics, reed college, 1998.
- expert witness and
other consulting activities for the connecticut
department of public utility control, maryland
public service commission, consortium for risk evaluation with
stakeholder participation, american public
power association, vermont energy investment
- advisory service for
the u.s. environmental protection agency, u.s. department of energy, u.s.
national academy of sciences, alfred p. sloan foundation, envision charlotte.
- service on advisory
boards for interdisciplinary research centers on electric power grids at
the university of vermont, university of wyoming and the center for advanced energy studies (boise state university and idaho
- submitted comments on
the state of retail and wholesale electricity markets to ferc and the intergovernmental task force on
electric market competition with jay apt and lester
lave, november 2005.
- designed and taught
interdisciplinary course on energy markets for advanced undergraduates
and graduate students in economics and engineering, spring 2005. [syllabus]
- submitted comments on ferc supplier margin assessment test for market
power with lester lave and dmitri
- submitted comments on ferc standard market design with lester
lave and dmitri perekhodtsev,
- expert testimony on
the competitiveness of the gasoline market in portland
oregon for the city of sherwood
- "gas and electricity in the wscc:
price levels and volatility," seminar given to the pacific
northwest gas/electric integration group, december
- "five-year outlook for gasoline and distillates,"
with sam van vactor
and peter stiffler, report to the oregon department of energy, december
in the wind: enso and the oregon
coastal sport fishery," b.a. thesis, reed college 1998.
what i like:
- rock climbing and
- cooking in my big green egg
- beer (particularly
after partaking in any of the above. or after breaking my bones into
multiple pieces while partaking in the above.)
- my wife erin
- her dog
- my dog (rest in peace,
not that you ever rested in life)
vitals and miscellany:
- i currently
live on a small farm in penns valley pennsylvania where i am a
professor at penn state, and i am surprised to report that i
do not hate either one. i
have also lived in santa fe
new mexico, pittsburgh
oregon, tucson arizona, stowe vermont, concord massachusetts,
and my toyota.
- *yes, we do grow hops on our farm. eight different varieties. most
of our crop goes into our brew kettle or down to the elk creek cafe.
- i have broken
my talus, scafoid, wrist (two places), most of
my toes, and my toyota (
times!) with more to come. i
have tendonitis in both knees, both elbows, one wrist, and one achilles tendon. more to
come, i'm sure.
- i am a graduate
of the national outdoor leadership school (nols),
- i have played
the drums (mostly jazz) for around twenty-five years.