Dr. Hamed Ghoddusi

Hamed Ghoddusi was a postdoctoral associate at the Trancik Lab at MIT. He is now an Assistant Professor of Finance at the School of Business, 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 and water 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: hghoddus at stevens dot edu

Dr. Morgan Edwards

Morgan Edwards was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT.  She received her Ph.D. from IDSS at MIT, 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

Philip Eash-Gates

Philip Eash-Gates received his master’s degree from the Technology & Policy Program at MIT. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University. Before joining MIT, he worked as the Energy Manager for the City of San Antonio and as the Director of Projects for CVAL Innovations, an energy engineering startup. Previous work experience includes development of building energy conservation codes, management of community-based sustainability programs, and implementation of innovative energy projects. His research interests include methods to accelerate the improvement of new and evolving energy technologies to meet societal and environmental challenges.
Contact: philipeg at mit dot edu

Michael T. Chang

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

Professor Trancik

Jessika Trancik: Jessika Trancik is a Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research examines the dynamic costs, performance, and environmental impacts of energy systems to inform climate policy and accelerate beneficial and equitable technology innovation. Her projects focus on all energy services including electricity, transportation, heating, and industrial processes. This work spans solar energy, wind energy, energy storage, low-carbon fuels, electric vehicles, and nuclear fission among other technologies. Prof. Trancik received her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is currently an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and was formerly at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and at WSP International/UNOPS (now Interpeace) in Geneva.

Contact: trancik at mit dot edu

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research overview

The goal of our work is to accelerate the
discovery and scaling of new energy technologies.

Our research focuses on discovering frameworks and quantitative methods to compare and optimize energy technologies by integrating technological details and climate change mitigation targets. We take a data-driven, quantitative approach to studying the dynamics of change and performance limits of various energy systems. We are also developing models to guide materials optimization in nanostructured energy conversion devices.

Dan Cross-Call

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