John M. DeCicco
John M. DeCicco is a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI) where he addresses energy and environmental challenges through an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science and synthesizing insights from economics, other social sciences and public policy.
Prof. DeCicco's most recent work includes pioneering methodological studies of CO2 mitigation for liquid fuels and the problems surrounding biofuels. Over the years he worked on a range of energy-related topics, with an increasing focus on the transportation sector and its unique climate mitigation challenges. He led influential studies of vehicle efficiency that were instrumental in the development of automotive GHG emissions and fuel economy standards. He also performs applied research on energy-related consumer perceptions and behavior. He co-founded the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative, directs the University of Michigan Energy Survey and serves on the management committee for the university's Mcity research center on automated vehicles.
Before returning to academia in 2009, he spent over twenty years working on energy policy at nonprofit organizations, including positions as senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF, 2001-2009) and transportation director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE, 1990-2000). He has testified multiple times before Congress and has more than 150 published papers, reports and formal public comments to his credit. Prof. DeCicco holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Princeton University where he conducted research at its Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.