RenewElec Team - Senior Personnel
RenewElec is a collaborative effort funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Heinz Endowments, and lead by Carnegie Mellon University's Engineering and Public Policy Department. Bios for the project team can be found below.
Dr. Michalek is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the founding director of the Design Decisions Laboratory, founding co-director of the Vehicle Electrification Group, and an active member of the Green Design Institute. His research focuses on systems optimization, design for market systems, green design, environmental policy, and vehicle electrification. Dr. Michalek earned his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon (1999) and his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2005) from the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan before beginning his current faculty position at Carnegie Mellon. Dr. Michalek teaches courses in design, product development, economic analysis, and optimization. His research and educational efforts have appeared on Bloomberg, CNN Money, and in U.S. News and World Report and MIT Technology Review, and he coauthored and presented a policy brief on Capitol Hill. He has earned awards including the ASME Design Automation Committee’s Best Paper Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award for outstanding research and professional accomplishments, the ASME Design Automation Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.