Carnegie Mellon University

Parth Vaishnav

Parth Vaishnav

Assistant Research Professor, Engineering and Public Policy

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


2017 – Research Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering & Public Policy (EPP), Carnegie Mellon University
2015-2017  Research Engineer, EPP, Carnegie Mellon University
2015-2015  Post-doctoral fellow, EPP, Carnegie Mellon University
2014-2014   Aviation Policy Intern, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC
2008-2010 Strategy & Portfolio Analyst, Shell Energy Europe, The Hague, Netherlands
2005-2008 Analyst, Shell Singapore, Singapore


  • PhD in Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015
  • MPhil in Technology Policy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2011
  • Master of Technological Design, National University of Singapore and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2005
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Minor in Bioengineering, National University of Singapore, 2003


My research seeks to understand how technological solutions may be applied to problems in the area of energy and the environment. I have tried to understand how, and quantify the extent to which, solutions to environmental problems might be constrained by economic, behavioral, political, or operational realities. Examples of current projects include:
  • Disentangling the components of the public's perceptions of nuclear risk
  • Estimating the benefits and costs of electrified heating across the United States
  • Decarbonizing global freight systems
  • Discovering expert heuristics for additive manufacturing part selection
  • Understanding biases in the processing of information to counter misinformation    

Details of current and completed projects can be found on my website.


  1. Vaishnav, P., Horner, N., Azevedo, I.L., 2017. “Location-specific Costs and Benefits of Residential Solar Photovoltaics” Environmental Research Letters, 12, 094015 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa815e
  2. Morgan, M.G., Vaishnav, P., Dowlatabadi, H., Azevedo, I.L., 2017. “Rethinking the Social Cost of Carbon” Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 33(4): 43-50.
  3. Bonnín Roca, J.+, Fuchs, E.R.H., Vaishnav, P., Morgan, M.G., Mendonça, J., 2017. “When Risks Cannot Be Seen: Regulating Uncertainty in Emerging Technologies” Research Policy 46, no. 7 (September 2017): 1215-1233. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.05.010
  4. Bonnín Roca, J.+, Vaishnav, P., Mendonça, J., Morgan, M.G., 2017. “Getting Past the Hype About 3-D Printing” MIT Sloan Management Review 58, 57–62 Available:
  5. Vaishnav, P., 2016. “Design of a Global Market Based Measure ∙ ICAO’s Market Based Mechanism: Keep It Simple.” Carbon & Climate Law Review 10, 120–126. Available:
  6. Bonnín Roca, J.+, Vaishnav, P., Fuchs, E.R.H., Morgan, M.G., 2016, “Policy needed for additive manufacturing.” Nature Materials 15, 815–818. doi:10.1038/nmat4658
  7. Vaishnav, P., Petsonk, A., Avila, R.A.G., Morgan, M.G., Fischbeck, P.S., 2016, “Analysis of a proposed mechanism for carbon-neutral growth in international aviation.” Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Special Issue on Climate Change and Transport 45, 126–138. doi:10.1016/j.trd.2016.02.017
  8. Vaishnav, P., Fischbeck, P.S., Morgan, M.G., Corbett, J.J., 2016, “Shore Power for Vessels Calling at U.S. Ports: Benefits and Costs.” Environmental Science & Technology 50, no. 3 (February 2, 2016): 1102–10. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04860.
  9. Vaishnav P., 2014. “Greenhouse gas emissions from international transport.” Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 30(2): 25-28. Available:
  10. Vaishnav, P., 2013. “Costs and Benefits of Reducing Fuel Burn and Emissions from Taxiing Aircraft.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2400 (December): 65–77. doi:10.3141/2400-08.