Carnegie Mellon University

Destenie Nock

Destenie Nock

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Destenie Nock is an Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), and in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). 

Her previous work includes energy systems modeling and analysis in both New England and Sub-Saharan Africa. She uses multi-criteria decision analysis and applied optimization to better equip policy makers to understand energy planning options. In this line of work she assessed the sustainability of different future scenarios for electricity generation in the New England region.

Nock built models that analyzed how changes in the power plants used to supply energy would impact the job creation, environmental health and economic viability of various communities. Using these techniques, she was able to identify the trade-offs between different future electricity scenarios in terms of their sustainability for the region. She applied a similar systems approach to Sub-Saharan Africa by developing an electricity planning tool, which incorporated stakeholder preferences for equality and makes recommendations for national electrification planning.

Nock’s broad research interests are focused around using mathematical modeling tools to address societal problems related to sustainability planning, energy policy, equity, and engineering for social good. She brings to CMU a breadth of professional experience, having worked in industry, national labs, and government settings on issues related to energy systems.

Education

PhD Industrial Engineering and Operations Research,  UMass Amherst
MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development, Queen's Univ Belfast
BS Electrical Engineering & Applied Math, North Carolina A&T State University

Research

Research Group: EESSAIS

  • Applied optimization, decision analysis, and data science for civil infrastructure systems
  • Electrical Infrastructure and energy transitions
  • Engineering for social good as it pertains to critical infrastructure systems (i.e. electricity systems, and transportation)

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Courses

  • 12-706 Civil Systems Investment Planning and Pricing