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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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  • Steven Anderson; “International Comparison of the Impact of Safety Regulation on LWR Performance;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Tina Bahadori; “Experimental Investigation of Nitrogen-Containing Compounds in Turbulent Diffusion Flames;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Yiche Chen; “Environmental Law and Policy in Japan, Sweden, and the United States of America: Lessons for a Newly Industrialized Country;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • David Dorau; “A Practical Method for Estimating Price Elasticities of Water Using Quasi-Esperimentation;” SM, 1987 (2/1/1987)
  • Patrick Ferraris; “Geographic Database Management for Organizing Delivery Routes and Service Zones;” SM, 1987 (2/1/1987)
  • Jeffrey Jacob; “Comparative Economics of Advanced Metals Processing;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Yonat Kantor-Tamir; “Tainted Variables in Regression Analysis of Equal Employment Opportunity;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Kenneth Meyers; “Characteristics of a natural language interface to the technical specifications of a nuclear power plant;” SM, 1987 (6/1/1987)
  • Pascale Michaud-Grenier; “Efficient Management of Water Utilities Using Marginal Cost Pricing;” SM, 1987 (2/1/1987)
  • Jean-Marc Monguillet; “Modeling and Evaluation of Variable Structure Organizations;” SM, 1987 (2/1/1987)
  • Chafic Najia; “The Data Communications Market: An Unfulfilled Potential;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Alice Outwater; “The Political Detemination of Water Quality Standards;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Didier Perdu; “Modeling and Evaluation of Expert Systems in Decision-Making Organizations;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Marina Pocaterra Silva; “A Problem of Integrating Heterogeneous DBMS's;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Pascal Remy; “On the Generation of Organizational Architectures using Petri Nets;” SM, 1987 (2/1/1987)
  • Elisabeth Slaughter; “A Strategy for Technology Transfer with Example Application to the Water Resources Industry;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Isna Soedjatmako-Marifa; “Technological Choice for Developing Countries: The Case of Remote Sensing of Earth Resources;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Salif Sow; “An Assessment of the Electric Power Sector in Senegal;” SM, 1987 (5/1/1987)
  • Scott Weingaertner; “A Model of Submarine Emergency Decisionmaking and Decision Aiding;” SM, 1987 (2/1/1987)

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