TPP student research spans many domains, but shares methodologies and goals. Examples of award-winning theses and noteworthy research projects are shared here. We also maintain a public database of all TPP thesis titles, with links to web publications where available.
Award-Winning Theses and Student Research Stories
A Clean Energy Future for India: Arun Singh
Awarded best TPP thesis of 2017, Arun Singh’s research analyzed climate policy options for India by building and applying a model of the Indian economy with detailed representation of the electricity sector. His thesis advisor was Prof. Valerie Karplus.
- “Clean Development Pathways for India: Evaluating Feasibility and Modeling Impact of Policy Options” (Thesis)
- MIT Technology and Policy Program’s Best Thesis for 2017 (MIT News, June 2017)
- Lowering emissions without breaking the bank (MIT News, July 2019)
Health Savings of Renewable Energy: Emil Dimanchev
Research from TPP alum Emil Dimanchev, who won TPP’s best thesis award in 2019, found that health savings from cleaner air would more than pay for the cost of implementing renewable energy policies. His thesis was advised by TPP director Noelle Selin.
- Shift to renewable electricity a win-win at statewide level (MIT News, Aug 2019)
Do native ads shape our perception of the news?: Manon Revel
Often masquerading as legitimate news, so-called “native” ads, pushed by content recommendation networks, have brought badly needed revenue to the struggling U.S. news industry. But at what cost? TPP alum Manon Revel is now a PhD student in the IDSS Social and Engineering Systems PhD program. Her TPP thesis advisor was Prof. Ali Jadbabaie.
- Combining AI with passions (MIT News, March 2019)
Thesis Titles, 1977 to Present
- Amarquaye Armar; “Review of Cost Estimation for Chemical Engineering and the Application of Computers to That;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Arthur Capstaff; “The Economic and Public Issues in Deep Ocean Mineral Mining;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Paul Chernick; “Optimal Pricing for Peak Load and Joint Production: Theory and Application for Diverse Conditions;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- James Durand; “Policy Implications Derived from Assessment of Health and Environmental Costs of Photo-Voltaic Power;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Andre Ghirardi; “Comsumption of Depletable Resources: Stockpiling as a Strategy;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Kristopher Horvath; “A Systematic Analysis of the Implementation of Federal Regulatory Authority in the Oceans;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Adam Jaffe; “Regulation of Chemicals: Product and Process Technology as a Determinant of the Compliance Response;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Seyyed Khandani; “International Distribution of Energy Resources and Economic Growth;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- William Lee; “When values conflict : an application of multiattribute decision analysis to marine sand and gravel mining;” PhD, 1978 (6/1/1978) (Richard de Neufville)
- Philip Lorang; “Automobile Safety Regulation: Technological Change and the Regulation Process;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Brian Mellea; “The Effectiveness of Regional Resource Committees in Implementing Regional Resource Recovery Programs;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Shashikant Sharma; “Satellite Based Instructional Television for Rural Development in India: Some Policy Implications of Satellite Instructional Television Equipment;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Jesse Tatum; “A Parametric Characterization of the Interface Between Dispersed Solar Energy Systems and the Utility Network;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)
- Jonathan Weiss; “The Role of Experts in Airport Planning;” SM, 1978 (5/1/1978)