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.


2019 Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

Media mentions

CMU Engineering

Who is marginalized in energy justice?

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock is working to bring more perspectives from stakeholders in developing countries into decisions that affect the expansion of their power grid.

CMU Engineering

Celebrating Engineers’ Week

Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering is excited to celebrate Engineers’ Week 2021.

Carnegie Mellon University

Engineering faculty quoted on climate policy

ChemE/EPP’s Neil Donahue, EPP’s Valerie Karplus, CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock, CEE/EPP’s Costa Samaras, MechE’s Ryan Sullivan, and the Scott Institute’s Anna Siefken were quoted on President Biden’s climate policy.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE faculty researching coronavirus effects

CEE researchers, including Kelvin Gregory, Kaushik Dayal, Destenie Nock, post-doc Mahnoush Babaei, and Ph.D. student Esteban Londono, are looking into detection and treatment methods as well as socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nock and Samaras partner with Google AI on energy equity

CEE’s Destenie Nock and Costa Samaras are partnering with Google AI researchers to characterize energy equity in the U.S. as part of the company’s Award for Inclusion Research (AIR) program. The team’s ultimate goal is to “explore policy options for increasing energy equity in electricity, heating, and transportation during the transition to a decarbonized energy system under climate change.”

Nock and Harper receive Block Center grant

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock and CEE’s Corey Harper have received a grant from the Block Center for Technology and Society to explore how autonomous vehicle (AV) transportation systems could lead to greater workforce resilience.

World Universities Network

Nock’s research on energy policy featured

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock’s research on energy policy was featured on WUN.

CMU Engineering

Electricity for all

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock led a study outlining a more equitable model of electricity planning in developing regions like Liberia.

Scott Institute

Kar, Nock, and Pileggi named Energy Fellows

ECE’s Soummya Kar and CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock were named Energy Fellows at the Scott Institute. ECE Head Larry Pileggi was named a Senior Energy Fellow.