TPP student Dansil Green contributed to this article in the August issue of MIT Science Policy Review which describes the potential dangers to satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) beyond commonly referenced orbital debris and satellite collisions.
The Manhattan Project mobilized the U.S. government to provide the funding, resources, and political backing needed to solve a complex problem in a short amount of time. TPPers Nirmal Bhatt and Peter Heller assess whether the Manhattan Project framework should be deployed to tackle the challenge of climate change.
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | September 19, 2023
A new study by IDSS Interim Director Noelle Selin, TPP alum Paul Picciano, and SES alum Minghao Qiu finds that climate policy alone cannot meaningfully reduce racial/economic disparities in air pollution exposure.
Recent TPP alum Alexa Canaan SM ’23 fused economics, data science, energy science, and energy policy into research that developed strategies for decreasing consumption and connecting more renewables to the grid.
These five women, including TPP alums Dava Newman SM '89, PhD '92 and Danielle Wood '04, SM '08, PhD '12, at the MIT Media Lab are advancing aerospace science and research, driven by a love of our home planet.
Thomas G. Roberts TPP '21, a graduate research fellow at the MIT Astrodynamics, Space Robotics and Controls Laboratory and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Aerospace Security Project, calls attention to the increasing frequency of space debris plummeting to earth in this Washington Post opinion piece.
TPP student Mrigi Munjal’s research into sodium-ion batteries was complemented by an internship with a company aiming to accelerate the deployment of sustainable energy storage solutions in southern Africa.
At the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Energy Storage Student Slam in March 2023, the third-place award went to Mrigi Munjal, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Technology and Policy Program, for her research on unlocking industrial-scale sodium-ion batteries.
Forbes 30-under-30 honoree Olamide Oladeji SM ’18, AF ’20 is a TPP alum, PhD candidate, MicroMasters learner, data scientist, and entrepreneur looking to answer climate change questions with help from advances in artificial intelligence.
This summer, TPP student Deepika Raman will travel to Kenya as part of a new fellowship to explore how governance innovations are making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens in regions of the world that are underrepresented in global innovation and design research.
IDSS and TPP celebrated the 2023 graduates during the School of Engineering and Schwarzman College of Computing Advanced Degree Ceremony on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. TPP awarded 25 Master of Science degrees.
TPP student Alexa Reese Canaan is featured in this article describing her research on household energy consumption to Massachusetts State Senator Michael J. Barrett, chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.
Mahmoud Ramadan TPP ’23, a member of MIT’s Science Policy Initiative Executive Board, organized a trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for continued and increased federal support for scientific research. The delegation included TPP students Nirmal Bhatt, Amy Huynh, and Graham Turk.
If reactors are retired, polluting energy sources that fill the gap could cause more than 5,000 premature deaths, researchers including TPP Director Noelle Selin and TPP alum Guillaume Chossière SM ’17, PD ’20, PhD ’21 estimate.
Assistant Professor and TPP alum Danielle Wood discusses the future of space sustainability. “I hope that humans pause and note that the actions we’re taking now and in the next 10 years really are going to be decisive in the relationship between humans and our planet, and humans and other locations, like the moon,” says Wood.
Manon Revel TPP ’19, who works at the intersection of computational social choice and political theory, hopes to uncover ways to improve governance in AI systems, democracies, and corporate environments.
Recent TPP graduate Kevin Paeth SM ’23, who researches human computer interaction, says his internship in AI policy reinforced a core TPP lesson: “the overwhelming importance of successful communication between technical and non-technical audiences.”
A team including TPP director Noelle Selin has developed a new modeling approach that could enable decision-makers to reduce hazardous emissions and improve public health through combined climate and air-quality policies.
Over 500 people gathered to explore and discuss the latest research and entrepreneurship in the climate and energy space at MIT Energy Night. Nicole Shi TPP ’23, Peter Heller TPP ’24, Michael Giovanniello TPP ’24 were part of the organizing team.
MIT study co-authored by TPP Director Noelle Selin and SES alum Minghao Qiu (PhD ’21) finds increased usage of wind power improves air quality in U.S., however only a third of the health benefits are being seen in disadvantaged communities.
A new MIT study by TPP Director Noelle Selin, SES alum Minghao Qiu PhD ’21, and Corwin Zigler finds that the health benefits associated with wind power could more than quadruple if operators prioritized turning down output from the most polluting fossil-fuel-based power plants when energy from wind is available.
The 2022 MIT Policy Hackathon explored policy solutions to sociotechnical challenges focused on post-pandemic efforts to build a better society, with challenges in cybersecurity, environmental justice, and city planning.
Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | October 21, 2022
New tool pinpoints policy combinations that maximize health benefits. “This tool can help integrate the siloed sustainability issues of air pollution and climate action,” says the study’s lead author William Atkinson TPP '22.
IDSS and TPP celebrated the 2022 graduates in-person during the inaugural School of Engineering and Schwarzman College of Computing Advanced Degree Ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2022. TPP awarded 32 Master of Science degrees.
The authors of the report estimated that the costs of transforming power grids in the Northeast, Southeast, and Texas will range between 21 percent and 36 percent higher than if nothing was done to promote storage-backed renewable energy. TPP alumni Drake Hernandez '21 and Cathy Wang '21 contributed to the The Future of Energy Storage: An Interdisciplinary MIT Study.
David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 13, 2022
TPP Director Noelle Selin hopes that initial progress will highlight the worldwide effort to address the climate challenge. TPP student Joy Jackson is optimistic that there are many avenues for research to make its way into policy.
Using a unique modeling strategy, MIT Joint Program researchers including Dr. Jennifer Morris TPP '09 find several possible patterns of energy and technology development under a specified long-term climate target or economic outcome.
Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | April 26, 2022
First-year TPP student and Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI) research assistant, Yiran He, plugs into projects like Here & Real which engages with U.S. regions facing particular economic risks in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Sometimes flowers can be the villain. Water hyacinths, with their seemingly harmless violet petals and lush green leaves, have invaded tropical parts of Central Africa, including Benin. TPP alum Danielle Wood uses space technology as part of the solution.
MIT Policy Hackathon is a 48-hour hackathon convened by students from MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society and the MIT Technology and Policy Program that aims to address some of today’s most relevant societal challenges while fostering an interdisciplinary spirit.
Karan Bhuwalka, recent TPP alumnus, reflects on TPP’s interdisciplinary approach and bringing data science, manufacturing, and social issues together in his research on the materials that make up electric vehicles.
“The proposed new Sustainability Policy Hub, coordinated by TPP, will help MIT students and researchers engage with decision makers on topics that directly affect people and their well-being today and in the future,” says Noelle Selin, director of TPP.
Jennifer Morris, TPP alumnus and current research scientist at the MIT Joint Program and MIT Energy Initiative, is the co-author on a study of how bioenergy with carbon capture and storage could help stabilize the climate without breaking the bank.
Professor and TPP alumnus Danielle Wood and a team of collaborators from NASA, East Carolina University, Ghana Statistical Service and the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute published a new study on the scope of vegetation loss in Ghana due to mining.
A paper from TPP alumni researchers Nestor Sepulveda, Jesse Jenkins and Aurora Edington evaluates the role and value of long-duration energy storage technologies in securing a carbon-free electric grid.
IDSS is delighted to share that three core faculty members have been promoted to the rank of full professor, effective July 1, 2021, including Noelle Selin, the Director of TPP and Jessika Trancik, a member of the Faculty Advisory Network.
IDSS Fellow Kate Turner, TPP alum Danielle Wood, and Catherine D'Ignazio (MIT DUSP) have written a new playbook addressing the racial and gendered oppression that Black women face in the AI ethics field.
“My technical skills alone were not enough in the development of solutions to complex problems such as lack of electricity,” says Thandolwethu Zwelakhe “Shakes” Dlamini of his journey to TPP. “A broader understanding of policy, economic, and regulatory frameworks is essential.”
A TPP alum and former TPP director, visionary astronautics researcher, explorer, and expert on human adaptation to space, Dava Newman will help write the next chapter of the Institute’s world-renowned research center.
TPP students and alumni contribute working papers to the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research's 'Roosevelt Project,' which aims to chart a path to decarbonization that minimizes impact on labor and the economy.
"The focus on systems thinking that was being employed in TPP and at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has been very important in shaping my thinking around the biggest challenges in climate and energy." MITei profiles Addison Stark (TPP '10).
Systems engineer Sarah Rovito (TPP '16) is a Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow who was working on issues like AI and 5G when the pandemic hit — now it's all-hands-on-deck to address the coronavirus.
MIT researchers including Pankhuri Sen, a TPP alum and research assistant in MIT’s AutoID Laboratory, have developed a “smart” diaper embedded with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet.
Each year, TPP nominates one MIT undergrad to be a presidential fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. This year’s nominee is Anoushka Bose, a double major in political science and physics focusing on nuclear policy and security.
TPP alum Nestor Sepulveda uses 'a unique computational framework blending optimization and data science, operations research, and policy methodologies' to describe potential pathways to combat climate change.
TPP students and alumni joined faculty, students, and research staff from MIT and beyond to discuss the urgency of the climate crisis, collaborating on decarbonization, and the role of policy in combatting global temperature rise.
TPP director Noelle Eckley Selin and Emil Dimanchev (TPP ’18) used linked economic and air pollution models to show how the cost of renewable energy policies that reduce air pollution can be more than offset by health care savings.
Research from IDSS alum David Broniatowski (TPP '06, ES '10) shows that 54 percent of the anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by a group headed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a California-based organization.
Karplus (TPP '08, ES '11), an assistant professor at MIT Sloan and "expert on China’s energy system," was recognized by the the U.S. Department of Energy for her leadership and achievements in clean energy education.
Erik Landry (TPP '18), now a research associate at MIT, is lead author on a report that makes recommendations which could help companies deliver more useful disclosures to investors on the risks they face due to climate change.
Josephine Wolff (TPP ’12) is the Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She researches cybersecurity policy and cyber-insurance, and is the author of “You'll see this message when it is too late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches."
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) elected Danielle Wood (TPP '08) as a Corresponding Member for Engineering Sciences. Wood holds a joint appointment at MIT with the Program in Media Arts & Sciences and the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics.
A research team that includes TPP and IDSS alum Sarah Fletcher and TPP alum Megan Lickley has developed a flexible planning framework that evaluates approaches that add water storage capacity incrementally if the climate becomes warmer and drier.
A new study by TPP director Noelle Selin finds that the longer countries wait to reduce mercury emissions, the less effective any emissions-reducing policies will be when they are eventually implemented.
Noelle Selin, Associate Professor, IDSS and EAPS; and Associate Director, Technology and Policy Program, has been awarded a Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship at the Technical University of Munich Institute for […]
TPP student Guillaume Chossière co-authored a paper that examines the health impact of 2.6 million cars installed with "defeat devices," sold in Germany under Volkswagen Group’s brands VW, Audi, Skoda, and Seat.
ESD.103 instructor Kenneth Oye, with Chap Lawson and Tania Bubela, challenge the synthetic biology community to devise flexible responses to the evolving capabilities of the field to produce problematic compounds […]