John M. DeCicco, Ph.D.


John DeCicco is a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute where he addresses energy and environmental challenges through an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science while drawing insights from economics, other social sciences and public policy.

His research focuses on transportation energy use and CO2 emissions, including vehicle efficiency, biofuels, electrification and consumer issues as well as the role of atmospheric CO2 removal in offsetting the CO2 released from mobile sources that use liquid fuels. His past studies were influential in the development of automotive fuel economy and GHG emissions standards and he has worked on many other facets of energy and the environment over the years. He serves on the strategy and management committees for the University of Michigan's Mcity research center on automated vehicles, as director of the University of Michigan Energy Survey and as a lecturer and speaker for both academic and general audiences.

Before returning to academia in 2009, he spent over twenty years working on energy and environmental policy at nonprofit organizations, including positions as senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF, 2001-2009) and as transportation director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE, 1990-2000). He has testified multiple times before Congress and has more than 150 published papers, reports and formal public comments to his credit. Prof. DeCicco holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Princeton University where he conducted his research at the university's Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.

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