MIT Technology and Policy Program


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.

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.

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.

Thesis Database

Thesis Titles, 1977 to Present

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  • Arif Alauddin; “Remanufacturing -- Issues and Options for Turkey;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Dwayne Breger; “A Solar District Heating Using Seasonal Storage for the Charlestown Boston Navy Yard Redevelopment Project;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Jeanne Briskin; “Hazardous Waste and Low-Level Radioactive Wastes: A Comparative Analysis;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • David Cheney; “Risk Analysis in Offshore Oil Regulation: Issues in Setting Government R&D Priorities;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • David Chia; “Enlightened Tunnel Visions: Examining the Consequences of One-Way Tolls in Boston Through an Analysis of the Queueing System;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Carol Eberhard Kessler; “Case Study Application of the IAEA Safeguards Assessment Methodology to the MIT Research Center;” SM, 1983 (9/1/1982)
  • Deborah Estrin; “Data Communications Via Cable Television Networks: Technical and Policy Considerations;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Luc Fechant; “Unemployment Compensation: Incentive or Disincentive to Automate;” SM, 1983 (9/1/1982)
  • Paul Hauge; “Two Cultures: Scientific Policy Views of Environmental Monitoring;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Sudhakar Kesavan; “Demand for Petrochemicals in Developing Countries: The Case of Ethylene and its Derivatives in India;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Leslie Klein; “Technical Change in Small Oil Refineries;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Thomas Lot; “Modeling the Amoco Cadiz Case;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Didier Moretti; “Pricing policies for power system security control;” SM, 1983 (6/1/1983) (Fred Schweppe)
  • Franz Neubacher; “The Impact of Environment Regulation on the Pulp Industry with Emphasis on the US and Austria from 1965 to 1980;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Eric Paillas; “Lifeline Seismic Risk:Decision Under Uncertainty;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • P. Raghavendran; “Energy Development and Economic Growth: A Dynamic Model for India;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • David Rubin; “Methodology for District Heating Feasibility Analysis;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Charles W. Ryan; “Federal Control of Formaldehyde: Departure From Research Decision-Making;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Warren Schenler; “The U.S. Fusion Program: An Institutional Policy Analysis;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Jean Tilly; “Flue Gas Desulfurization Cost and Financial Analysis of Large-Scale and Proven Plants;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)
  • Jonathan Zilber; “Channels of Influence: Factors Affecting the Dissemination and Adoption of New Communications Technologies in the U.S.;” SM, 1983 (5/1/1983)

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