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
- Richard Andrews; “Regulation and Innovation: A Framework for Examining Proposed Changes in U.S. Drug Laws;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Bijan Azad; “Government Innovation: Transbus;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- William Booth; “The Approach to Nuclear Safety Used in the Navy Nuclear program and its Applicability to the U.S. Commercial Nuclear Industry;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Johan Brag; “Intuition in Planning and Decision-Making in Turbulent Environments;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Charles Brooke-Davidson; “Cost Benefit Analysis and the Regulation of Organic Water Contaminants;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Robert Desourdis; “Disarmament Strategies and Development Goals and Potentials: The Case of Relatively Advanced Developing Countries;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Stephen Foss; “Assessment of Product Liability: Impact and Methods of Reduction for U.S. Manufacturing;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Bobby Gillenwater; “Evaluation of New Mining System Concepts;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- David Kagan; “Regulations and Technological Change in the Automobile Industry;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Michel Karma; “Policy-Making Tools for an Industrial Strategy;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Richard Kutta; “Remanufacture of Durable Products: A Value Preserving Technology;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Tariq Mahmoud; “Global Climatic Change and Its Effect on Food Production: A Reviewof the Climate Impact Assessment Program's Estimates of Wheat Yield Changes and Their Use in Policy Making Analyses;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Lissa Martinez; “Hazardous Chemical Waste Incineration at Sea: A Disposal Alternative for the U.S.;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Daniel Saltzman; “Policy Options for Promoting Energy Efficiency in Residential Appliance Purchase Decisions: A Hedonic Approach;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Krishnamurthy Sarvadevabhatla; “Decentralized Cogenerations in New York City;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- Thomas Sofyanos; “An Assessment of Undersea Teleoperators;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)
- John Stewart; “A Decision Support System for Railroad Frieght Operations Management;” SM, 1980 (5/1/1980)