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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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  • Alexandre Aquien; “Fuel Cycle Options for Optimized Recycling of Nuclear Fuel;” SM, 2006
  • Raphael Berger; “Investment in Nuclear Generation in a Restructured Electricity Market - An Analysis of Risks and Financing Options;” SM, 2006
  • Michael Berlinski; “Quantifying Emissions Reductions from New England Offshore Wind Energy Resources;” SM, 2006
  • Mark Bohm; “Capture Ready Power Plants - Options, Technologies and Economics;” SM, 2006
  • David Broniatowski; “Political Sustainability in the Vision for Space Exploration: Articulating the Policy-Technology Feedback Cycle;” SM, 2006
  • Francois De Laigue; “Strategy, Structure, and Performance of IT Services Firms;” SM, 2006
  • Rebecca Dodder; “Air quality and Intelligent Transportation Systems : understanding Integrated Innovation, Deployment and Adaptation of Public Technologies;” PhD, 2006 (6/1/2006) (Joseph Sussman)
  • George (Salem) Esber; “Carbon Dioxide Capture Technology for the Coal-Powered Electricity Industry: A Systematic Prioritization of Research Needs;” SM, 2006 (6/1/2006)
  • Ryan Eul; “The Impact of Passive Safety Systems On Desirability of Advanced Light Water Reactors;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Jacob Faber; “Technology-Enabled Political Empowerment;” SM, 2006
  • Erica, Fuchs; “The Significance of Production Cost Inputs in Regional Technology Choice: Composite Automotive Body-in-Whites in the U.S. versus China;” PhD, 2006 (J. Clark)
  • Christopher Glazner; “Enterprise Integration Strategies Across Virtual Extended Enterprise Networks: A Case Study of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Enterprise;” SM, 2006
  • Fabio Gordillo; “Exploiting Smart Card Data to Improve Transportation Planning: A Study Case on London Underground;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Ralph Hall; “Understanding and applying the concept of sustainable development to transportation planning and decision-making in the U.S.;” PhD, 2006 (9/1/2006) (Sussman)
  • Angela Ho; “Integrating Automobile Multiple Intelligent Warning Systems: Performance and Policy Implications;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Kenneth (Guang-Lih) Huang; “Innovation in the life sciences : the impact of intellectual property rights on scientific knowledge diffusion, accumulation and utilization;” PhD, 2006 (9/1/2006) (Fiona Murray)
  • Peter Jaglom; “Future Naval Ship Procurement: A Case Study of the Navy's Next-Generation Destroyer;” SM, 2006
  • Nicole Jordan; “Multi-Disciplinary Spacesuit Modeling and Optimization: requirement changes and recommendations for the next generation spacesuit design;” SM, 2006
  • Hooman Katirai; “A Theory and Toolkit for the Mathematics of Privacy: Methods of Anonymizing Information While Minimizing Information Loss;” SM, 2006
  • Jayeeta Kundu; “Cross-Country Study on the Promotion of New Pharmaceutical Products;” SM, 2006
  • Jasmin Lau; “Aging Technology -- The Need for a National Infrastructure;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Jianxi Luo; “The Impact of Government Policies on Industrial Evolution: The Case of China's Automotive Industry;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Katherine Martin; “The Impact of Large-scale Solar Photovotaic Adoption on Prices and Reliability in the New England Power Pool;” SM, 2006 (Steve Connors)
  • Charlotte Mathieu; “Assessing the Fractionated Spacecraft Concept;” SM, 2006 (Cummings)
  • Hironori Matsunaga; “Assignment of Exclusive Spectrum Licenses in Japan: Use of an Auction for the Licensee Selection Process;” SM, 2006 (Lehr)
  • Yujiro Mochizuki; “Securing Against Fraud in Mobile Communications: Systems Design and Development in 3G Mobile Networks;” SM, 2006
  • Ali Mostashari; “Design of Robust Air Quality Measures for the Road-Based Public Transportation Sector in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA);” PhD, 2006 (Sussman)
  • Christopher Musso; “Design and Manufacture of Continuous Strand Metal Matrix Composites;” PhD, 2006 (Eagar)
  • Alex Narvaez; “Policy Implications of Ubiquitous Technologies in the Car: Privacy, Data Ownership, and Regulation;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Christine Ng; “The Role of Public-Private Clean Diesel R&D Partnerships in the Regulatory Process;” PhD, 2006 (Joanne Kauffman)
  • Matthew Orosz; “The Science and Politics of Increasing Nitrogen Pollution from Human Activity: Case Study of the Aberjona Watershed;” SM, 2006
  • Julie Paquette; “The Supply Chain Response to Environmental Pressures;” SM, 2006 (2/1/2006)
  • Theodoros Patramanis; “Structured Finance for Hybrid Infrastructure Models: The Application of Project Finance into Public-Private Partnerships for the Construction and Operation of Infrastructure;” SM, 2006 (Moavenzadeh)
  • Alisa Rhee; “An Agent-Based Approach to HIV / AIDS Epidemic Modeling: A Case Study of Papua, New Guinea;” SM, 2006 (Osgood and Moavenzadeh)
  • Matthew Richards; “On-Orbit Serviceability of Space System Architectures;” SM, 2006
  • Adam Ross; “Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration with Concurrent Design as a Value-centeric Framework for a Space System Architecture and Design;” SM, 2006 (Hastings)
  • Adam Ross; “Managing unarticulated value: changeability in multi-attribute tradespace exploration / by Adam Michael Ross.;” PhD, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Shaunak Roy; “Evolution of Supply Chains in the Computer Hardware Industry;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Reynaldo Sandoval Lopez; “Quantitative Analysis of Alternative Transportation under Environmental Constraints;” SM, 2006
  • Lori SImpson; “The Sustainability of Coal Gasification in India's Energy Sector;” SM, 2006 (9/1/2006)
  • Meghan Sweeney; “Regulating Mercury with the Clear Skies Act: The Resulting Impacts on Innovation, Human Health, and the Global Community;” SM, 2006 (Ashford)
  • Chintan Vaishnav; “Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP): The Dynamics of Technology and Regulation;” SM, 2006 (Gillett)
  • Tao Wang; “Analysis of Real Options in Hydropower Construction Projects -- A Case Study in China;” PhD, 2006 (de Neufville)
  • Tristan Weir; “Federal Policy towards Emergency Responder Interoperability: A Path Forward;” SM, 2006
  • Hong Wei (Harry) Zhu; “A Technology and Policy Analysis for Global E-Business;” PhD, 2006 (Stuart Madnick)

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