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.

How Grocery Delivery Services Affect Pollution and Traffic

Air Conditioning and Summertime Energy Poverty

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 Engineering

Comfort vs. cash: energy behavior changes during COVID-19

The pandemic altered how individuals consumed energy in their homes, and in some areas the changes adversely affected energy poverty.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE at COP28: energy justice and glacier projections

At the 28th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), CEE professors Destenie Nock and David Rounce discussed topics such as energy efficiency, climate mitigation, mountain glaciers, and global temperature rise.

Science News Explores

Nock and her company Peoples Energy Analytics featured

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock and her company Peoples Energy Analytics were featured in a story done by Science News Explores. Using her background in math, she created a computer algorithm that helps people manage their utilities more effectively, and subsequently, lower their energy costs.

AZ Central

Nock talks to AZ Central about why people wait too long to turn on their ACs

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock talks to AZ Central about why people wait too long to turn on their ACs. “I have been able to find that there are some households that wait until the average outdoor temperature is above 78 degrees Fahrenheit in Phoenix to turn on their air conditioners, which often means the maximum daily temperature is 90 degrees,” Nock says.

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.