Carnegie Mellon University

Jay Apt

Jay Apt

Professor Emeritus

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  • TEP - Tepper Building - Room 4221
  • 412-268-3003
Address
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

Jay Apt is a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and in the CMU Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He is the Co-Director (with Granger Morgan) of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center and Director of the RenewElec (renewable electricity) project. He has authored over 80 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has published op-ed pieces in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Professor Apt received an A.B. in physics from Harvard College in 1971 and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 1997 and the Metcalf Lifetime Achievement Award for significant contributions to engineering in 2002.

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Ph D (Experimental Atomic Physics) - 1976
  • Harvard College - BA (Physics) - 1971

Research

Reliability of the electric power grid. Mathematical, regulatory, and market characteristics of renewable and other low-carbon electric power. Low-carbon economics and technologies, including solar radiation management. Physical risk analysis and management. Mathematical, regulatory, and market characteristics of renewable and other low-carbon electric power. Low-carbon economics and technologies, including solar radiation management. Physical risk analysis and management.

Publications

Awards and Honors

  • IOP Publishing - Outstanding Reviewer Award, Environmental Research Letters (2016)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science - Elected a Fellow of the AAAS (2013)
  • NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES / NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING - Ambassador, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES / NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING (2012)
  • The Explorer's Club - Fellow (2008)
  • National Association of Rocketry - Howard Galloway Award for outstanding contributions to safety and risk analysis (2006)
  • Metcalf Award for Outstanding Engineering Achievement (2002)
  • David L. Lawrence Award of Vectors / Pittsburgh (2000)
  • De La Vaulx Medal (1998)
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1997)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1995)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1993)
  • Federation Aeronautique Internationale V.M. Komarov Diploma (1992)
  • Federation Aeronautique Internationale V.M. Komarov Diploma (1991)
  • Sergei P. Korolev Diploma (1991)

University Service

  • Committee Member, One of 4 members of the search committee to fill the Lester and Judith Lave Professorship in Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy.
  • Committee Member, Executive Committee Member, NSF Climate and Energy Decision-Making Center
  • Program Organizer, Organize and run the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center Seminar series
  • MBA Energy Track, Track Organizer, Co-organizer with Prof. Chris Telmer of the new Tepper Energy Track for MBAs (2015 - )
  • Student Org Advisor (Professional Org), Faculty Advisor for the Tepper Energy Club (2010 - )
  • Chairperson, Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center (2003 - )
  • I run the biweekly seminar for the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Identify and invite seminar speakers, coordinate and fund the seminar series. (2003 - )
  • CIT ad-hoc promotion and tenure, Committee Member, One of 2 EPP members on the CIT ad-hoc promotion & tenure committee for AY 2016-17 (2016 - 2017)
  • Scott Institute Smart Grid Working Group, Committee Member, This committee is formed to determine whether some of the $30M Scott Institute funds should be directed toward the Smart Grid area, and if so in what specific directions. (2015 - 2016)
  • Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Guest Speaker, Gave a presentation to the SEER Environmental Colloquium (2016 - 2016)
  • Gave a presentation to 32 CMU alumni at PPG Corporation, Alumni Event Participation (2016 - 2016)
  • Alumni Event Presentation, Presentation to Tepper Alumni on "Energy - What's Next?" at the Rivers Club, Pittsburgh (2016 - 2016)
  • CMU Energy Week, Guest Speaker, Presented a TED-style talk on Integrating Renewable Electric Power to 75 attendees at CMU Energy Week
  • Committee Chair, Chair of the EPP PhD Student Recruiting Procedures Committee (2013 - 2015)
  • Committee Member, Executive Committee, Wilton E. Scott Energy Innovation Institute (2012 - 2014)
  • Gave 1-hour presentation at Tepper Reunion, Alumni Event Presentation (2013 - 2013)
  • Met with Tepper Alumni for dinner in Johannesburg, South Africa, Alumni Event Presentation (2013 - 2013)

Public Service

  • Aerospace Industries Association, Range Safety Officer, Team America Rocketry Challenge (2003 - )
  • National Academy of Science / National Academy of Engineering, Science Ambassador (2012 - 2013)
  • Wilton E. Scott Energy Innovation Institute, Outreach video on energy (2012 - 2012)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Guest Speaker, Briefing (2012 - 2012)

Professional Activities

  • Chairperson, ETH Zurich-Singapore Program on Future Resilient Systems, Scientific Advisory Committee (November 2015 -)
  • Board Member, RWTH Aachen University, E.ON Energy Research Center Scientific Advisory Committee (2014 -)
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Energy Systems, Editorial Board (2009 -)
  • Session Chair, Air & Waste Management Association, Session on "Energy and Environment - Trump and Beyond" (January 2017 - June 2017)
  • Program Organizer, International Workshop on Wind-Climate Interactions (2014 - 2015)
  • Committee Member, National Academy of Science / National Academy of Engineering, Committee on Accelerating the Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Technologies (2013 - 2015)
  • Board Member, Industry Studies Association (2012 - 2015)
  • Guest Editor (with Nicola Secomandi), Energy Modeling of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences (Special Issue) (2011 - 2013)
  • Board of Directors, Electric Power Research Institute (2007 - 2013)
  • Workshop Organizer, A Workshop on Small Modular Reactors (SMRs): Implications of SMRs on low carbon energy and nuclear security (February 2013 - November 2013)