Michael Buchdahl Roth

Michael Buchdahl Roth, PhD Candidate. Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

Expected Graduation: 2018.

Research interests: The future of nuclear power in the U.S.

Mike started his doctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy in the fall of 2014. His research focuses on the aging nuclear power plant fleet in the United States and issues surrounding reactor life extension. Other research interests include renewable power integration, the decarbonisation of the electric grid, and transportation electrification.

Prior to Carnegie Mellon Mike carried out a wind turbine feasibility study for Oberlin College, worked as a research assistant at Tel Aviv University, and also taught elementary school for two years at the Latin School of Chicago. He earned his bachelors degree from Oberlin College in Environmental Studies and his first master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with a focus in Energy and the Environment. In the spring of 2014 he earned a second master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School where he graduated with honors.


• Michael B. Roth. Lifetime Costs, Life Cycle Emissions, and Consumer Choice for Conventional, Hybrid, and Electric Vehicles. Submitted for consideration to the Transportation Research Board 2015 Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

• Scofield, S and M. Roth et al, “Characterizations of Wind Resources in Oberlin, OH for Potential Commercial Wind Power”, Proceedings of the National Solar Energy Society’s 2007 National Solar Energy Conference, Cleveland, 2007.

• Aurora L. Sharrard, H. Scott Matthews, and Michael Roth, “Economic and Environmental Implications of Construction Energy Use and Generation Under New EPA Emission Standards”, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol, 133, No. 11, November 2007.

• H. Scott Matthews, Michael Roth, Aurora Sharrard, and Melissa Bilec, "Economic and Environmental Implications of Construction Energy Use and Generation Under New EPA Emission Standards”, Proceedings of 2005 ASCE Construction Research Conference, San Diego, 2005.

• Katy Janda and Michael Roth, "Is More Solar Always Better?”, Proceedings of the International Solar Energy Society’s 2005 Solar World Congress, Orlando, 2005.