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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  • Clotilde Armand; “Damage Assessment and Liability Compensation for Marine Oil Spills: What are the Short and Long Term Strategies that Best Acieve International Consensus?;” SM, 1997 (2/1/1997)
  • Erica Atkeson Carere; “The 'Technology of Compliance' Cost: Its Role in the US Acid Rain Program and Implications for Joint;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Babu Bangaru; “Time Series Modeling of Spot Energy Prices for Strategic Fuel Management and Gas/Electricity Arbitrage;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Christophe Bosch; “Optimizing the Allocation of Scarce Water Resources: A Case Study of the Gaza Strip;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Mary Jane Boyd; “Diagnostic System for Power Transformers: Technical, Economic, and Policy Issues;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Judith Cardell; “Integrating small scale distributed generation into a deregulated market : control strategies and price feedback;” PhD, 1997 (9/1/1997) (Richard Tabors)
  • JosT Federico Castillo; “How to Make Electric Power Markets Work: The Case of Central America;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Allen Cavicchi; “A Multi-Attribute Tradeoff Analysis for Water Resource Planning: A Case Study of the Mendoza River;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Mark Ellis; “Portfolio Analysis of Japan's 'Best Mix' Electricity Generation Resource Diversification Policy;” SM, 1997 (9/1/1996)
  • Ryan Frazier; “Overcoming Middle Management Resistance to Strategic Change: Design for Environment (DFE) at Xerox;” SM, 1997 (9/1/1996)
  • Karina Funk; “Information Networking as an Instrument of Sustainable Development: The Photovoltaic Example;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Hector Gallegos-Martinez; “The Privatization and Liberalization of the Mexican Telecommunications Sector: New Technology and Policy Alternatives;” SM, 1997 (9/1/1996)
  • Charlette Geffen; “Innovative Environmental Technologies in Automotive Painting: The Role of Suppliers;” PhD, 1997 (6/1/1997) (Joel Clark)
  • David Gingold; “Integrated Digital Services for Cable Networks;” SM, 1997 (9/1/1996)
  • Jeremy Hackney; “Federal Alternative Transportation Fuels Policy;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Bruce Haimowitz; “The Telecommunications Act of 1996: Business Access, and Implications for Integrated Carriers;” SM, 1997 (2/1/1997)
  • Tagui Ichikawa; “Effectiveness of R&D Consortium for Industrial Growth in the Globalizing Economy - A Case Study of;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Anil Jain; “An Analysis of Automotive Body Assembly Technologies and their Implications;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Andrew Jones; “Sustaining Process Improvement in Product Development: The Dynamics of Part and Print Mismatches;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Richard Keiser; “Structured Methodology for Knowledge Acquisition in Kit Comonent Selection;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Karen Lawson; “Air Quality Improvements and Carbon Dioxide Reduction Policies: A Method for Assessing Secondary;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Pedro Lerner; “On the Value of Transmission Systems Under Open Assess: Incentives for Investment;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Jeremy Levin; “Markets for Energy Efficiency: Development, Challenges and Opportunities. An Analysis of the Joint;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Jeffrey Loiter; “Technological Change and Public Policy: A Case Study of the Wind Energy Industry;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Enrique Lopez-Calva; “Technical Uncertainties in Aquifer Restoration, Implications for Remedial Systems Design, and Superfund;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Stephen Lukachko; “Research on the Science and Politics of the Atmospheric Effects of Aviation Debate;” SM, 1997 (2/1/1997)
  • Elicia Maine; “A Scenario Analysis of Future Polymer and Polymer Composite Penetration into Automative Application;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Eric Martin; “Understanding the Diffusion of Energy Efficiency Technology in Residential Buildings;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Jose Menendez; “Building Software Factories in the Aerospace Industry;” SM, 1997 (2/1/1997)
  • Juan Pablo Montero; “Integrating Small Scale Distributed Generation into a Deregulated Market: Control Strategies an Environmental Policy;” PhD, 1997 (6/1/1997)
  • Philip Mutooni; “Telecommunications at Crossroads: Modeling the Transition of the Communication Network from a Voice;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Nicolas Peltier; “National Environmental Funds and Externally-Supported Revolving Funds; Financing Schems for Cleaner;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Cesar Perez-Barnes; “Energy and Infrastructure Policies for Mitigating Air Pollution in Mexico City (with J.A. Leautaud);” SM, 1997 (2/1/1997)
  • Robert Perrons; “Make-buy Decisions in the U.S. Aircraft Industry;” SM, 1997 (10/1/1997)
  • Chandrasekha Ramanathan; “Technological Change and Health Care Delivery;” SM, 1997 (9/1/1996)
  • Jae Hun Roh; “User Adaptation of a Networked Technology: The World Wide Web and Internet CNN Newrom in a;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Parag Shah; “Barriers to and Enablers for Effective Pollution Prevention Practices in the Air Force;” SM, 1997 (9/1/1996)
  • Tariq Shaukat; “Aligning Technical and Organizational Aspects of Complex Manufacturing Systems;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Kristin Short; “Towards Integreted Intranet Service: Modeling the costs of Corporate IP Telephony;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Dimitrios Stratikopoulos; “Identification of Pollution Prevention and Accident Prevention Technologies/Opportunities for Use in SEP;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Jennifer Sullivan; “Monitoring for Ecosystem Management: Implementation at State and Regional Levels;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Bikash Thapliya; “Power Utility Restructuring and Power-Sector Financing in Developing Countries;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • L. James Valverde, Jr.; “Uncertain inference, estimation, and decision-making in integrated assessments of global climate change;” PhD, 1997 (6/1/1997)
  • Thomas Weber; “Constrained Predictive Control for Corporate Policy;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Nicole Wildern; “Total Cost Analysis of Pollution Prevention in Automotive Electrocoating;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)
  • Lynn Yang; “Small and Medium Scale Industrial Boilers in China: Factors Contribution to Efficiency and Carbon Dioxide;” SM, 1997 (5/1/1997)

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