Destenie Nock received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, she performed energy systems modeling in both New England and Sub-Saharan Africa, using multi-criteria decision analysis and applied optimization to better equip policy makers to understand energy planning options. Nock’s broad research interests are focused around using mathematical modeling tools to address societal problems related to sustainability planning, energy policy, and engineering for social good. She has a breadth of professional experience, having worked in industry, national labs, and government settings on issues related to energy systems and equity.

Climate Change Impacts on Household Energy Usage in Arizona

Economic Gaps in Heating and Cooling Habits

Modeling Consumer Preferences

Faculty Insights

Environmental Value of Efficient Power Distribution Systems

Planning an Equitable Energy Future: A Focus on Vulnerable Groups

Equitable Energy Planning in SubSaharan Africa

Energy Solutions for Equity and Resiliency with Destenie Nock and Arnav Gautam

Identifying Hidden Forms of Energy Poverty


2019 Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Media mentions

CMU College of Engineering

2023 Engineering Faculty Awards announced

The 2023 Engineering Faculty Awards highlight faculty members who have shown outstanding educational, research, and service efforts. Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees!

CMU Engineering

Understanding energy behaviors for a more equitable future

By studying energy-limiting behavior related to both heating and cooling in vulnerable households, policies can be modified and developed to address inequities.

CMU Engineering

How sustainable is online grocery delivery?

Researchers investigated the impacts of online grocery delivery on energy use, emissions, and traffic congestion.

CMU Engineering

Reducing air pollution boosts undergrad’s success

Not every undergraduate research stint leads to a major scientific journal publication, an internship with a federal agency, and a prestigious scholarship, but it did for Lauren Janicke.

Pittsburgh Business Times

Nock discusses decarbonization policy development

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock was quoted in the Pittsburgh Business Times about promoting decarbonization across industrial development during a panel conversation at CMU Energy Week. “I do think having more community leaders at the table when these policies are made is so important,” Nock said.

CMU Engineering

Increasing transmission efficiency would cut air pollution

Researchers identify investment in electricity transmission and distribution systems as significant opportunity for reducing air pollution.

CMU Engineering

Equality and air quality: the decarbonization balancing act

Destenie Nock and Teagan Goforth provide a new framework for energy policymakers to model tradeoffs between multiple objectives in the transition to carbon neutrality.

CMU Engineering

A natural gas bridge to net zero?

Destenie Nock explores the future of natural gas-fired power and its potential role in mitigating global greenhouse gas emissions.

the Manufacturing Futures Institute

Guiding the clean energy transition

MFI showcased the future of advanced manufacturing and sustainable practices during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum.

CMU Engineering

Engineering faculty featured in events at GCEAF

Many faculty from across the College of Engineering will be featured at events during this year’s Global Clean Energy Action Forum.


Nock quoted on Inflation Reduction Act

CEE’s Destenie Nock was interviewed by PBS about the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on green energy. Nock says that most proposals to encourage green energy attempt to hinder the supply side of the economy, but this bill aims to reduce fossil fuel on the demand side.

The Verge

Nock interviewed on the energy cost of working from home

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock was quoted in The Verge about her research on the uneven energy costs of working from home.