Jacob (Jake) Ward is a third-year joint Ph.D. student in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, where his research focuses on the energy and environmental impacts of future mobility systems. He uses econometric, optimization, and simulation models to study transportation network companies, vehicle electrification, and transportation automation and connectivity.
Jake also serves as the Technology Manager for Analysis in the Vehicle Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he received the Secretary’s Appreciation Award for outstanding service in 2010 and again in 2016. He joined DOE in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow after earning a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. He also holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and BAs in Latin American Studies and the Plan II Honors interdisciplinary liberal arts program from the University of Texas at Austin.