John M. DeCicco is an associate director and research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute. He assists the director with internal management of the institute, including administrative functions and program development. His research addresses global energy and environmental problems with an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science while drawing insights from economics, other social sciences and public policy.
As a nationally recognized thinker on energy issues, John’s main focus is transportation energy use and CO2 emissions, including vehicle efficiency, petroleum use, alternative fuels, consumer issues and the role of atmospheric carbon removal in offsetting the CO2 released from liquid fuel combustion. His past studies were influential in shaping automotive fuel economy and GHG emissions standards both federally and in California. His recent work confronts the methodological and empirical challenges that surround biofuels and atmospheric CO2 levels.
Before returning to academia in 2009, John spent over twenty years working on energy and environmental policy in the nonprofit sector, including positions as senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), transportation director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and staff scientist at the National Audubon Society. He has published over 150 technical papers, reports and policy briefs; writes for general as well as technical audiences; and has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other public forums. John received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1988 with a program that included studies in applied mathematics, economics and public policy and research at the university’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.