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Research Interests

How do we deeply decarbonize the global energy system given the vast economic, political, and behavioral challenges that exist? My recent work attempts to answer some of these questions:

  • Modeling "policy levers" in national energy strategies: how can Japan best achieve its Paris climate pledge by 2030, and deep decarbonization thereafter?
  • Assessing the performance of government energy R&D: how successful has government R&D in the clean energy space been, and how can we better enable clean energy innovation?
  • The perils of following "conventional wisdom": how well do economies of scale hold for large industrial projects?
  • The political economy of carbon-free technologies: how can we effectively scale up and enhance the institutions that regulate nuclear power in order to radically expand its use?
  • Parsing the public's fear of nuclear power: how can we disentangle the fear of catastrophic nuclear accidents from the psychological dread of the technology?
  • At Carnegie Mellon, my research focused on the economics of a new generation of small modular reactors (SMRs) that are being proposed in various countries for various applications. This work involved expert elicitation, economic modeling, and an exploration of the institutional challenges facing the mass international deployment of SMRs. At CMU, I also worked with colleagues at the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) on questions of nuclear proliferation and the dissemination of nuclear knowledge.

    My research at Princeton's Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) laboratory focused on purifying hydrogen gas in reformate streams using PEMFC “hydrogen pumps,” which could be useful in a transition to a hydrogen economy.

    Courses Taught

    At UCSD

    Spring 2017: Policy Analysis and Decision Theory
    Spring 2017: Energy Policy in Japan
    Spring 2016: Energy Policy in Japan

    Prior to UCSD

    Summer 2013: Risk Analysis and Decision-Making Tools
    Fall 2013: WMDs, War, and a Warming World: Modeling in International Security Studies
    Fall 2012: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Policy Anlaysis

    Please consult my Curriculum Vitae for detailed descriptions of each.

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