John M. DeCicco is a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute, where his work addresses energy and environmental challenges through an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science while drawing insights from economics, other social sciences and public policy. His main focus is on transportation energy use and CO2 emissions, including vehicle efficiency, petroleum use, biofuels, electrification and consumer issues as well as the role of atmospheric carbon removal in offsetting the CO2 released from the combustion of liquid fuels.
John’s past studies were influential in the development of automotive fuel economy and GHG emissions standards. His recent work confronts the methodological and empirical challenges surrounding biofuels and atmospheric CO2 levels. Over the years he worked on many other energy and the environmental topics, including energy use in buildings, the impacts of electricity generation and energy-related consumer behavior. He directed the University of Michigan Energy Survey (2013-2019); sits on the strategy committee for the university’s Mcity research center on mobility automation, and serves as a lecturer and speaker for both academic and general audiences.
Before returning to academia in 2009, he 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. John 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. He 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.