John M. DeCicco, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Princeton University, 1988
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State Univ., 1983
B.A. Mathematics, Catholic University of America, 1974

My teaching and advising interests address energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation as well as broader aspects of sustainable mobility and energy use. A main interest is the "cars vs. climate" problem, which I address in a holistic manner that examines the technolgical, economic, behavioral and policy factors that shape oil demand and GHG emissions from motor vehicles and fuels that power them. Such understanding is crucial as society seeks globally viable solutions for sustainable transportation. 

I teach a graduate-level course on Transportation Energy and Climate Policy (NRE 567, winter terms) and advise student projects on a range of sustainable energy topics and offer seminars and guest lectures on current issues related to the transportation-climate challenge. Specialties include transportation energy supply and demand, petroleum dependence, biofuels, hybrid, electric and other alternatives vehicles and fuels, consumer information, vehicle and fuel policies, the role of information technology and intelligent systems in addressing transportation energy use, carbon management strategies, consumer information and other market-based approaches for controlling greenhouse gas emissions. My broader educational interests include science and technology policy; sustainable energy utilization in general, including efficiency and renewable technologies, the built environment and the climate impacts of energy systems; and collaborative methods for meeting sustainability challenges. 


Holding a joint appointment as research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), my work seeks to further public understanding of transportation systems and greenhouse gas (GHG), including the interlinked decision-making structures (both private market and public process) that underpin energy demand and emissions in the sector. The research entails technology assessment, engineering studies, policy analysis, and evaluation of the broader societal impacts of transportation energy systems. My current research includes analyses of the complex technological and market systems for transportation energy use in order to inform policy design and identifing ways to progressively and cost-effectively reduce the net GHG impacts of the system. I also examine broader social issues surrounding energy use, serving as project director for the University of Michigan Energy Survey

While emphasizing the U.S. market (still the world's largest automotive sector in terms of revenue, oil demand and CO2 emissions), my studies recognize the international scope of the car-climate problem, the global nature of the vehicles, fuels and related markets and their associated industries, the multiple dimensions of sustainability, and the need for scalability and transferability of solutions. This work includes systems and policy analysis as part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles (CERC-CV) and as participating researcher and member of the executive committee for the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC). 

See the Publications tab on my Energy Institute profile for links to recent papers and reports. 


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