Joseph F. DeCarolis
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
North Carolina State University
I work on energy issues at the intersection of engineering, economics, and public policy. The goal of my research is to promote long-term sustainability by conducting interdisciplinary, problem-driven analysis. My research involves the development and application of energy system models to derive policy-relevant insight. My research team has developed Tools for Energy Model Optimization and Analysis (Temoa), which includes an open source, technology explicit energy system model developed from initial conceptualization for use within a high performance computing environment. The intent is to push the boundaries of uncertainty quantification as it relates to national to global energy system development over the next half century by using models in a high performance computing environment. For each model-based analysis, we are trying to derive actionable insight related to the potential economic and environmental impacts associated with energy technology deployment and public policy over the next several decades while rigorously accounting for large, irreducible uncertainties.
In addition to energy system modeling, I am also currently involved in collaborative projects focused on a technical and economic assessment of ocean-based compressed air energy storage (OCAES), the use of building energy simulation in the early stages of architectural design, the management of solid waste under a future GHG policy, the development of a new analytical model to predict methane emissions from landfills, and the incorporation of recorded renewable energy data in classroom activities. Within the department, I am a member of both the Water Resources, Coastal & Environmental Engineering and Computing and Systems groups. I am also a member of the Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) Center at Carnegie Mellon.
Prior to joining the CCEE faculty, I was an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Research and Development. I received my PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004, where my dissertation focused on the economic feasibility and environmental impacts of large-scale wind power.