Better Energy Policies
2015 Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
2011 MPhil, Technology Policy, University of Cambridge
2005 Master of Technological Design, National University of Singapore and Eindhoven University of Technology
2003 BE, Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore
The electric future of autonomous vehicles
A team of CMU Engineering researchers has shown that autonomous vehicles can be electric—despite the decreased driving range.
CMU Engineering faculty awarded Scott Institute seed grants
Eight research projects lead by CMU Engineering faculty have been awarded 2020 Seed Grants for Energy Research by the Scott Institue for Energy Innovation.
DC can squeeze more power into existing transmission lines
Changing transmission lines from alternating to direct current has been long overlooked, but it may be the cheapest way to boost capacity on our over-taxed grid.
Vaishnav questions carmakers’ decision to put solar panels on vehicles
EPP’s Parth Vaishnav was recently quoted by Popular Science about whether carmakers should put solar panels on their vehicles.
The New York Times
Vaishnav quoted on solar panel installation
In a New York Times article about solar panel installation tax breaks, EPP’s Parth Vaishnav was quoted about the payback period for those choosing to install solar panels. The price of installation even with the tax credit is still high, but Vaishnav says that in addition to an increase in home value, “The system will actually pay for itself in a reasonable amount of time.”
Vaishnav on Hyundai solar panel roofs
EPP’s Parth Vaishnav was interviewed by Popular Science for a story about Hyundai’s new cars with solar panels on the roofs, and expressed skepticism about its effectiveness: “If you wanted to deploy solar power, is the roof of a car the best place to put it?”
Could 3D printing lead to distributed manufacturing?
In a recent paper published in Additive Manufacturing, a team of EPP researchers investigated how AM could contribute to distributed manufacturing.
Axios; Grist; Pacific Standard
EPP research featured in multiple media outlets
A recent study by EPP’s Parth Vaishnav and colleagues was featured in multiple media outlets including Axios, Grist, and Pacific Standard. The researchers found that people support nuclear power more when they compare the benefits and risks of different energy sources without knowing which energy source belongs to which assessment.
Public dread of nuclear power limits its use
New research suggests fear of the zero-carbon energy source diminishes its potential contribution to decarbonization.