Carnegie Mellon University

Valerie Karplus

Valerie Karplus

Professor, Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation


Valerie J. Karplus is the Associate Director at the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation and a Professor in the department of Engineering and Public Policy.

Karplus studies resource and environmental management in organizations operating in diverse national and industry contexts, with a focus on the role of institutions and management practices in explaining performance. Areas of expertise include regional approaches to low carbon transition, decarbonization of global corporate supply chains, and the integrated design and evaluation of energy, air quality, and climate policies. Karplus has taught courses on public policy analysis, global business strategy and organization, entrepreneurship, and the political economy of energy transitions. At CMU, she runs the Laboratory for Energy and Organizations at the CMU Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation.

Karplus is an affiliate of the Scott Energy Institute. She previously served on the faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management. From 2011-2016, she directed the MIT-Tsinghua China Energy and Climate Project.