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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  • Stephen Altes; “The Aerospace Plane: Technological Feasibility and Policy Implications;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Christine Bohner; “Computer graphics for system effectiveness analysis;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986) (Alexander Lewis)
  • Thierry Coffie; “Optimum Development of Air Transport -- A New Airline in Africa;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Bahman Daryanian; “Response Algorithm for Electricity Consumers and Small Power Producers Subject to Spot Prices;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Philippe Delquie; “Statistical Exploration of 'Certainty Effects' on Utility Assessment;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Craig Dunbar; “An Analytic Negotiation Approach to Cost Allocation;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Samer Faraj; “Economics and Reliability of Diesel Pumping in Developing Countries: A Case Study;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Chitrupa Fernando; “Integrated Energy Systems: A Mathematical Programming Framework for Energy Policy Analysis;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Kevin B. Fitzgerald; “Technical and Experimental Design for Electricity Conservation Policy: Continuous Information Feedback;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Gregory Greenwell; “When is 'Technological Surprise' a Strategic Military Threat?;” SM, 1986 (9/1/1985)
  • Herve Hillion; “Performance Evaluation of Decision-Making Organizations Using Timed Petri Nets;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Seth Hulkower; “The Effects of Regulation on the Performance of Nuclear Power in the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Rizwan Ibrahim; “Technology of Cement Production: Issues and Options for Developing Countries;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Yongun Lee; “Cost Modeling of Alternative Automobile Assembly Technologies: A Comparative Analysis;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Philippe Martin; “Large Scale C3 Systems: Experiment Design and System Improvement;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Mark McCabe; “An Empirical Analysis of Measurement Errors: Power Plant Construction Costs;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Christine Miyachi; “Computer Graphics for System Effectiveness Analysis;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Peter Poole; “Industrial Structure and Learning in the Japanese Construction Industry;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Frank Scibilia; “An Investment Allocation Model For Local Exchange Switching;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Richard Tomlinson; “When is Risk Analysis Worthwhile in Project Appraisal;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Robin Wagner; “Development of a Toxicity Scoring Model as Part of a Quick Screen Priority-Setting System for the Regulation of Chemicals Under the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • John Wasson; “Health Effects of Long Range Transported Acid Particulates: A Preliminary Mechanism-Oriented Model;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)
  • Paquita Zuidema; “State Mature Industry Policy: Massachusetts' Response to the Closing of the Quincy Shipyard;” SM, 1986 (5/1/1986)

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