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
- Jeffrey Bailey; “Economics and Policy for Energy Conservation in New Buildings;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Christopher Barnett; “The Prospects for Remanufacturing of Metalworking Products in the Andean Countries;” SM, 1981 (9/1/1980)
- Stuart Batterman; “The Characterization of Ambient Air Pollution for Stochastic Health Models;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Douglas Brittain; “The Passive Restraint Controversy: Analysis and Recommendations;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Jean-Bernard Caen; “New Computer Concepts and its Effect on Decision Support Systems;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Oswaldo Cortez; “Mingling Human Values in the Development Planning Process;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Newton de Castro; “Lash Versus Conventional Water Transport System: An Economic Comparison for the Amazon Region;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Frank Field III; “An assessment of the expected value of a pre-transportation testing program for high level nuclear waste forms;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981) (Elias Gyftopoulos, Joel Clark)
- Winslow Hayward; “Economic Implications of Alternative Legal Mechanisms to Secure Solar Access;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Barbara Herrmann; “Office Automation and Its Impact on Clerical Workers;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Daniel Jones; “Cost-Benefit Analysis of Fire Detectors;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Roger Kilgore; “The Role of Cost Allocation Policies in Planning Regional Water Supply Systems;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Jennifer Knapp-Stumpp; “The Influence of the Engineer's Values and Training on the Assessment of Project Impacts;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Amelia Lee; “Groundwater Impacts of Land Application Systems on Cape Cod, Massachusetts;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Clifford Mitchell; “Uncertainty in Environmental Health Regulation: A Case Study of Formaldehyde in Consumer Products;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- James Spall; “Strategies for Improving Boston's Competitiveness with Other Ports;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Clinton Stanovsky; “Automation and Internal Labor Market Structure: A Study of the Caterpillar Tractor Company;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Julian Villalba; “Theoretical Framework for the Management of Technology Transfer Negotiations;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)
- Laurence Zwimpfer; “Standards-Setting for Computer Communications: The Case of X.25;” SM, 1981 (5/1/1981)