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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Vehicle Electrification Group

Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels

Vehicle Electrification

Electric Vehicle Benefits & Costs in the U.S.

Electric Vehicle Adoption Potential in the U.S.


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

2001 MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

1999 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Media mentions

The Why

Michalek interviewed on The Why

EPP’s/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek spoke with The Why news program about how environmentally friendly electric vehicles are. “Electric vehicles are one of the few ways that we have to move people and goods with very low emissions.” 

CMU Engineering

Engineering faculty featured in events at GCEAF

Many faculty from across the College of Engineering will be featured at events during this year’s Global Clean Energy Action Forum.


Michalek quoted on environmental impact of electric cars

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in MSN on the environmental impact of electric vehicles.


Michalek quoted in Marketplace article about electric vehicles

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in a recent article on Marketplace on Electric Vehicles. “If you don’t have off-street parking, you need to know that you are going to have access to public chargers and be able to reliably charge your vehicle,” Michalek said.


Michalek quoted on EVs

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in Lifewire about new federal Electric Vehicle (EV) charging rules. “For long-distance travel, a robust network of chargers along major routes, like highway rest stops, is needed,” Michalek said.


Michalek quoted on environmental impact of electric vehicles

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek spoke with Newsweek about the carbon footprint of electric vehicles compared to use of gasoline or diesel fuel.

Popular Science

Michalek quoted on school bus environmental impact

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in a Popular Science article about the new federal Clean School Bus Program.

The Daily Beast

Michalek quoted on electric vehicle adoption

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted by the Daily Beast about changes needed to encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.


Michalek on SiriusXM

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek discusses affordability, infrastructure, minority communities, and more in a two-part conversation on Auto Trends with JeffCars on SiriusXM 141. Part 1 runs April 9-14; part 2 runs April 16-21.

Detroit Free Press

Michalek quoted on electric vehicle chargers

EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted by the Detroit Free Press about GM’s plan to install electric vehicle chargers at their worksites for free use by employees.

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.