CMU

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. I also serve as co-Director for the Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) Center. I am interested in solving problems that include environmental, technical, economic, and policy aspects, where traditional engineering approaches play an important role but cannot provide a complete answer. In particular, I am interested in assessing how energy systems are likely to evolve, which requires comprehensive knowledge not only of the technologies that can address future energy needs but also of the decision-making process followed by different agents in the economy.

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Email: iazevedo@cmu.edu         Phone: 412-268-3754

Recent Policy and Committee Activity

National Research Council Committee on Assessment of Technologies for Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Phase 2, 2013-2016
This committee's first report analyzes and provides options for improvements to the certification and compliance procedures for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles; reviews an updated analysis of the makeup and characterization of the medium- and heavy-duty truck fleet; examines the barriers to and the potential applications of natural gas in class 2b through class 8 vehicles; and addresses uncertainties and performs sensitivity analyses for the fuel consumption and cost/benefit estimates. Read the first report here.

Aspen Global Change Institute Workshop on "Getting Near Zero - Decarbonizing the Last 20%"

August 1-5, 2016
The purpose of this meeting is to assess the feasibility of decarbonizing the last, and most difficult-to-eliminate, portion of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. The meeting will focus on the technical feasibility of economically achieving near-zero emissions from the energy sector. Challenges to eliminating these last emissions include (1) exploiting and integrating intermittent electricity resources to achieve high reliability via supply- and demand-based strategies, (2) decarbonizing transportation sectors not amenable to electrification (long-distance trucking, aviation, shipping, etc.), (3) decarbonizing heavy industries such as steel or cement manufacture, (4) possible scale up of nuclear and CCS, and/or (5) carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere.

Seminars and Other Upcoming Activities

If you would like to arrange a meeting with Inês or attend one of her lectures, please refer to the list of upcoming events below:

ETH Zurich

December 12-17, 2016 - Zurich, Switzerland - Inês will be giving a seminar at ETH Zurich and will be available for meetings. Title and times to be announced.

Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles II - National Academies of Science

December 7-8, 2016 - Irvine, CA - As a part of the MHDVII NAS Committee that Inês

Seminar at Princeton

December 5, 2016 - Princeton, NJ - Inês has been invited to present a seminar at Princeton University. Title TBA. To schedule meetings with her, please email her assistant at ebass@cmu.edu.

CEIC Advisory Board Meeting

October 26-27 - Pittsburgh, PA - CEIC’s primary mission is to work with industry, labor, government and all other relevant stakeholders to address the strategic problems of the electricity industry. While we work directly on identifying, addressing and solving important problems for the industry, as or more important is that the fact that CEIC produces a cadre of well-trained graduate student researchers, many of whom continue to address the industry’s problems in subsequent professional careers. In addition to doctoral education, CEIC has a broad educational mission that includes the development of university courses, special topic short-courses and curricular advice for training programs.

Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change Conference

September 28-29 - Washington DC - Following the FAS symposium, Inês will be continuing her participation in the MHDVII report committee.

Federation of American Scientists' 70th Anniversary Symposium and Awards Gala

September 28 - Washington DC - Inês will be attending the FAS 70th Anniversary on September 28 to speak at the Symposium and celebrate her co-PI of CEDM Dr. Granger Morgan who will be recieving an award.

National Academy of Engineering's 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

September 19-21 - Irvine, CA - The Frontiers of Engineering program brings together through 2-1/2 day meetings a select group of emerging engineering leaders from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. The goal of the meetings is to introduce these outstanding engineers (ages 30-45) to each other, and through this interaction facilitate collaboration in engineering, the transfer of new techniques and approaches across fields, and establishment of contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders.

Meetings in Northern California

September 9-16 - UC Berkeley, LBNL, UC Davis, Stanford - If you are located in the Northern California area and would like to meet with Inês during the week that she is there, please email her assistant at ebass@cmu.edu to set up a meeting.

NEWS


Congratulations to Nathaniel Horner on his successful PhD Defense

July 26, 2016
Nathaniel's dissertation was titled "Powering the Information Age: Metrics, Social Cost Optimization Strategies, and Indirect Effects Related to Data Center Energy Use."

Congratulations to Stephanie Seki on her successful PhD Defense

July 11, 2016
Stephanie's dissertation was titled "Evaluating the Economic, Environmental and Policy Impacts of Ethanol as a Transportation Fuel in Pennsylvania."

Inês Azevedo Participated in the National Academies for the US Global Change Research Program

July 13, 2016
Her participation led to the publication of a report on Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments: Proceedings of a Workshop for the U.S. Global Change Research Program that can be read or downloaded as a free PDF via the following link: http://www.nap.edu/23569.

Nathaniel Horner and Inês Azevedo Contribute to LBNL Report

June 28, 2016
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in collaboration with experts at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and Northwestern, today released our latest analysis of electricity used by data centers in the US. Surprisingly, electricity use in data centers has been roughly flat since the financial crisis with little growth projected to 2020, even though delivery of computing services has been increasing rapidly. As I’ve argued for years, the level of inefficiency in enterprise data center facilities leaves lots of room for improvement, and the market is finally getting that message. Read the rest of the article by Jonathan Koomey, "Surprise!: US data center electricity use has been growing slowly for years"

ETH Zurich Invites Inês Azevedo to Present Public Seminar

May 30, 2016
Inês Azevedo provided a Colloquium titled "Understanding the Uncertainties in Consequences of Climate Change for the United States Power Sector Infrastructure when Considering a Realistic Mitigation Pace and Adaptation Needs" at ETH Zurich's Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science on the health, environmental and climate change effects of different interventions in the U.S. Electricity Grid. Given the broad audience of her seminars, other institutes and organizations have also requested additional seminars in the subject matter for the upcoming December.

Andy Talk presented at the Scott Institute Energy Week

April 27, 2016
Dr. Inês Azevedo, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Co-Director, Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, Carnegie Mellon University provides an "Andy Talk" (20 minutes or less) on Energy Pathways, Policies, and Decisions during Carnegie Mellon's Energy Week 2016. Watch the video of her talk here.

National Academies feature Inês in online panel video

April 13, 2016
Panel on Issues, Methods, and Approaches for Characterizing and Communicating Risk in Climate Assessment Watch the video here.

Inês Featured on Scott Institue Energy Bite Radio Program

February 17, 2016
Energy Bite is a weekly 90 second raio program where listeners can learn about energy innovation opportunities and challenges related to every day life. Inês was featured in episodes 138 and 139. You can listen to them here.

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