Jessika Trancik is the Atlantic Richfield Career Development Assistant Professor of Energy Studies at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She received her B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before MIT, she spent several years at the Santa Fe Institute as an Omidyar Fellow, and at Columbia University as an Earth Institute Fellow, where her research focused on energy systems modeling. Her research group studies the dynamic costs and environmental impacts of energy technologies to inform technology design and policy.
Contact: trancik at mit dot edu
James McNerney is a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. Formerly, he was a graduate fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and Boston University, where he completed his Ph.D. in physics on the topic of price evolution of technologies. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Boston University. His research interests are in understanding how physical and engineering variables relate to economic variables at all scales, from single devices and machines to industries and whole economies.
Contact: jmcn at mit dot edu
Victor Ocaña is a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. He received his physics diploma from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and his PhD in Earth Science from the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and the University of Hamburg (Germany), on optimal GHG emissions paths and the value of information. After a long hiatus away from science, he returned as a research scientist with Prof. Hans von Storch at the Helmhotz Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany) before coming to MIT. He then worked as a postdoctoral associate in EAPS (Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences) at MIT, where he studied sea level variability and modeling of ice sheets.
Contact: vocana at mit dot edu
Mandira Roy is a research associate at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) and was a fellow in its Advanced Studies Program at MIT. She has a PhD and an MBA from the University of British Columbia and MS and BS in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology. Previously, she has taught in the areas of financial and managerial accounting and the economics of information at the University of Southern California, University of California–Los Angeles and Rutgers University. Her past research focused on the valuation and contracting roles of information in economic decisions and their impact on stakeholder incentives and welfare. Her current research is on the dynamic choice of energy technology portfolios for climate change mitigation and the economic impact of mitigation policies.
Contact: mandirar at mit dot edu
Morgan Edwards is a doctoral student at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. She received her S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT and her B.S. in Environmental Science from UNC Chapel Hill, with a second major in Economics and a minor in physics. Before coming to MIT, she worked on alternative energy and energy efficiency projects in Thailand, Russia, and the United States. Her research focuses on developing tools to assess the performance of energy technologies in the face of changing climate and environmental constraints. Morgan is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and MIT Presidential Fellowship.
Contact: morgane at mit dot edu
Goksin Kavlak is a doctoral student at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. She received her M.S. in environmental sciences from Yale University, and her B.S. in industrial engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Her research interests are in building frameworks to analyze the availability and scalability of metals used in emerging technologies, especially in photovoltaics. She is the recipient of the UTC-MIT Energy Fellowship for 2012-2013, sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative.
Contact: goksin at mit dot edu
Magdalena Klemun is a doctoral student at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. She received her M.S. in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from Vienna University of Technology. Formerly, she worked as an Analyst for GTM Research, a Boston-based market research and consulting company, and as a journalist for an Austrian newspaper, Die Presse. Her research interests are in quantifying and optimizing the climate and economic impacts of energy technology choices and understanding the links between technology investment and cost evolution.
Contact: mklemun at mit dot edu
Marco Miotti is a doctoral student at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. He received his S.M. in Environmental Engineering and his B.S. in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich. Before coming to MIT, he worked on projects related to industrial ecology and technology assessment in Germany, China, Colombia, and Switzerland. His research focuses on the energy systems analysis of new technologies for cars and stationary storage systems, including environmental impact and cost evaluations.
Contact: mmiotti at mit dot edu
Joshua Mueller is a doctoral student at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT. He received his S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT in June 2015. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in French, and read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford, earning a B.A. in 2006. His current research is on techno-economic modeling of energy storage systems with a focus on the value that storage brings to renewable-storage hybrid systems and the performance factors that most influence that value. He is a recipient of the 2004 John and Fannie Hertz Foundation Fellowship.
Zachary Needell is a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation program at MIT. He received his B.S. in Physics from Haverford College in 2011, where he did his thesis research on the deformation patterns of granular materials under stress. Before coming to MIT, he worked at the Smithsonian Center for Earth and Planetary Studies researching Martian sediments and climate history. His research interests are in how infrastructure and technology affect the decisions people make about their personal transportation, and how those individual choices affect long term environmental, economic, and social trends.
Contact: zneedell at mit dot edu
Gonçalo Pereira is a doctoral student in the Sustainable Energy Systems division at the MIT Portugal program. He received his M.S. in systems modeling and control and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. His research interests are in energy storage and energy consumption in the residential sector. He is the recipient of a MIT Portugal merit PhD scholarship.
Contact: gpereira at mit dot edu
Keeley Rafter joined the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) in an administrative capacity in June 2013. She started her career at MIT in the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources in 2010, where she coordinated the Excellence Awards and the Leader to Leader programs. Both programs promote staff learning, engagement, development and growth. The Excellence Awards recognize staff achievement and are awarded annually. Leader to Leader is MIT’s executive leadership training program facilitated by HR. She recently worked at the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center as a Communications Coordinator. Before coming to MIT, Keeley worked in advertising and helped run her family’s business after earning a BSBA from Suffolk University in 2006.
Contact: kdrafter at mit dot edu
Dan Cross-Call completed a master’s degree in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. He worked with the Trancik Lab during 2011-2012 on evaluating emerging energy technologies. Prior to MIT, Dan worked as an electricity market consultant in the Energy & Environment practice of Charles River Associates, where he specialized in asset valuations and regulatory analysis of wholesale electricity markets and installed capacity markets. Dan also previously worked as an educator for a community development project in rural Ghana, supported in this work by a Richard Lombard Public Service Fellowship. Dan received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in economics and environmental studies.
Contact: dancc at mit dot edu
Michael T. Chang received his Master of Science from the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. He helped develop a model of the energy consumed by personal vehicle travel using real-world driving data. His Master’s thesis used this model to assess the appropriateness of performance targets for the energy capacity of electric vehicle batteries set by the government and industry groups. His research interests are in applying data-driven methods to understanding the development of emerging technologies and assessing policy. Prior to MIT, he graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Computational Engineering Science and a minor in Mechanical Engineering.
Contact: mtchang at alum dot mit dot edu
Hamed Ghoddusi was a postdoctoral associate at the Trancik Lab at MIT. He is now an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF) and holds degrees in economics, management science, and industrial engineering (OR) from the Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna) and Sharif University of Technology (Tehran). His research interests are in modeling of energy and environmental systems and their interaction with public policy, macro economy, and financial markets. His works are centered around two major themes of risks and investment decisions in energy systems. He has been a visiting scholar/consultant at Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), UT Austin, UC Berkeley, UNDP, and UNIDO.
Contact: ghoddusi at mit dot edu
Christina Karapataki graduated with a master’s degree from the Technology and Policy Program at MIT, working with the Trancik Lab from 2010-2011. She received her B.A. and M.Eng. in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Scholar of the Cambridge European Trust. She previously worked with the MIT Energy Initiative on water demand forecasting (2008) and with ExxonMobil as a business analyst for the European natural gas market. She also worked with Baringa Partners as a consultant for EDF Energy. Christina is the recipient of the Salters’ Graduate Prize 2010 from the Salters’ Institute of Industrial Chemistry, UK.
Shylesh Muralidharan was a Systems Design and Management graduate student at MIT. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Pondicherry University and an MBA from Mumbai University, and he has worked in technology consulting for smart grid programs. His interests are in new energy systems and sustainability. He is currently working on a technical and economic evaluation of ocean thermal energy conversion in the context of climate change concerns and water scarcity.
Bela Nagy was a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He has bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of British Columbia. More information on Bela’s interests and past experience can be found here: Nagy’s SFI webpage.
Fabian Riether is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart. His research projects in Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi focused on modeling and analyzing single-device man-machine systems. Before coming to MIT, Fabian worked on increasing the scalability of autonomous driving solutions in Silicon Valley. In 2014-2015, he worked with the Trancik Lab to investigate energy storage and consumption patterns in transportation and energy infrastructure to derive design rules and optimal policies.
Contact: friether at mit dot edu
Nora Xu is a graduate student in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT. She worked with the Trancik Lab from 2013-2014. She graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Geosciences and subsequently worked as an investment analyst at DC Energy focusing on electricity trading in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator market. She is a 2013-14 recipient of the Eni-MIT Energy Fellowship.
Contact: noraxu at mit dot edu
Heshuang Zeng graduated in 2011 from the Master in City Planning Program at MIT. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture (2007) and her master’s degree in city design and planning (2009) from Tsinghua University. Her research focused on optimally incorporating renewable energy technologies in urban sustainable development. She is currently working at the World Resources Institute.