Carnegie Mellon University

Michael Blackhurst

Michael Blackhurst

Executive Director, Open Energy Outlook Initiative, Engineering and Public Policy

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Mike Blackhurst is the Executive Director of the Electric Power Research Institute. Mike’s research relates to integrating engineering and social science methods to improve how technology is represented in policy decisions.


Dr. Blackhurst has a strong record of interdisciplinary research in topics related to energy and the environment, with publications in engineering, economics, and computer science. Dr. Blackhurst's particularly expertise relates to integrating social science and engineering using mixed methods. Given his success integrating research and policy, he was selected by the National Academies of Science and Engineering Ambassador Program to serve as a science ambassador from 2015 to 2017.