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).
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
- advanced vehicle systems
- air quality
- autonomous driving
- clean power systems
- consumer behavior
- electric power systems
- energy systems
- engineered systems
- engineering and public policy
- environmental engineering
- environmental systems
- green design
- management science
- mechanical engineering
- natural gas engineering
- operations research
- product design
- product strategy and innovation
- renewable energy
- sustainable engineering
- systems modeling
- technical innovation
- technology policy
- transportation systems
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.
Michalek quoted on ride-hailing trips
EPP/MechE’s Jeremy Michalek was quoted in Bloomberg CityLab on the environmental impact of ride-hailing services.
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.
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.