Jeremy J. Michalek is a professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy. 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 and the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. His research focuses on vehicle electrification (including technology, life cycle assessment, consumer behavior, and public policy), as well as design decision-making (including systems optimization, techno-economic analysis, and green design.

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 CMU.

Michalek teaches courses in design, product development, economic analysis, entrepreneurship, and optimization. His research has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, and he has co-authored and presented policy briefs on Capitol Hill. He has earned awards including the ASME Design Automation Committee’s Best Paper Award, the International Journal on Research in Marketing’s Best Article 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. He is involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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2005 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

2001 MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

1999 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Media mentions

ABC News Radio

Michalek interviewed on transportation technology

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was interviewed on the ABC News Radio on transportation technology.

The New York Times

Michalek quoted on rechargeable electric vehicles

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in The New York Times on charging solutions for electronic vehicles.


Michalek quoted on climate and travel

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in Grist on travel and its effect on climate change.

Spectrum Local News

Michalek quoted on EV policy

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted by Spectrum Local News about the bipartisan infrastructure bill’s effect on electric vehicles.

Bloomberg CityLab

Michalek quoted on ride-hailing trips

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in Bloomberg CityLab on the environmental impact of ride-hailing services.

CMU Engineering

Who’s paying for your Uber?

Researchers have published a new study quantifying the societal costs and benefits of an Uber or Lyft trip.


Michalek mentioned on climate cost of ride-sharing

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek’s new study that showed taking an Uber could be worse than taking a personal car was featured in Quartz.


Michalek interviewed on electric vehicles

MechE/EPP’s Jeremy Michalek was interviewed on NECN about President Biden’s infrastructure proposal that calls for half of all cars to be electric by 2030.

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Michalek quoted on electric vehicle charging stations

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in WIRED and Marketplace about the need for publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Increasing their numbers will allow for widespread EV adoption in the US.


Michalek articles referenced in interview

Two studies by MechE/EPP’s Jeremy Michalek were featured in Spectrum, addressing the carbon impact of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and his calculations that plug-in hybrids with large batteries may never save consumers money.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine

Michalek selected to serve on NASEM committee

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek has been selected by The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine to serve on the committee working on current methods for life cycle analyses of low-carbon transportation fuels in the United States.


Michalek interviewed on electric vehicle market

EPP/MechE’s Jeremey Michalek was interviewed in WBUR on the electric vehicle market.