Parth Vaishnav is an assistant research professor in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University. His research is aimed at understanding how new technologies can be deployed to solve society’s problems, particularly in the areas of energy and the environment. He teaches a course on Climate Science and Adaptation and runs the U.S. Association of Energy Economics’ annual case competition. Vaishnav received a Ph.D. in engineering an public policy at CMU in 2015 and spent a year at the University of Cambridge getting his master's of philosophyl in technology policy. Prior to that, he worked as a strategy analyst for Shell’s natural gas business in Europe.
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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

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CMU Engineering

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.

Scott Institute

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.

CMU Engineering

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.

Popular Science

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.”

Popular Science

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?”

CMU Engineering

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.

CMU Engineering

Public dread of nuclear power limits its use

New research suggests fear of the zero-carbon energy source diminishes its potential contribution to decarbonization.