Carnegie Mellon University

Destenie Nock

Destenie Nock

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

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. Destenie Nock is an Adjunct Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE), and a Presidential Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). She will begin as an Assistant Professor of EPP and CEE in Fall 2020. She joins CMU having received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. There, she performed energy systems modeling and analysis in both New England and Sub-Saharan Africa, using multi-criteria decision analysis and applied optimization to better equip policy makers to understand energy planning options. In her previous 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.


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


  • Applied optimization, decision analysis, and data science for electricity and food systems
  • Sustainability, equity, and equality impacts of energy transitions.
  • Engineering for social good as it pertains to critical infrastructure systems (i.e. electricity systems)


  1. Nock, Destenie. “ ‘Let’s Bid!’ - A modular activity to promote interest in engineering economy.” (2020).The Engineering Economist. 2020. DOI: 10.1080/0013791X.2020.1745977

  2. Nock, Destenie, Todd Levin, Erin Baker. " Changing the Policy Paradigm: A Benefit Maximization Approach to Electricity Planning in Developing Countries." Applied Energy. 2020. DOI

  3. Nock, Destenie, Erin Baker. "Holistic multi-criteria decision analysis evaluation of sustainable electric generation portfolios: New England case study." Applied Energy. 2019. DOI

  4. Nock, Destenie, Erin Baker. " Unintended Consequences of Northern Ireland’s Renewable Obligation Credit Policy." Electricity Journal. 2017. DOI:

  5. Nock, Destenie, Venkat Krishnan, and James D. McCalley. "Dispatching intermittent wind resources for ancillary services via wind control and its impact on power system economics." Renewable Energy. 2014. DOI: